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How to Select Reading Glasses

Selecting glasses to improve your reading can sometimes feel like an overwhelming experience. After all, there’s an enormous range of frames, lenses and coatings to choose from. Here are the top things to consider as you pick out your readers, as well as some tips for buying lenses.


Lens Shape and Prescription

Lenses come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes - and in reading glasses, it’s important to remember that you can choose from a range of preset prescriptions, rather than adding your own custom prescription lenses. Smaller, narrower lenses may work well for weaker prescriptions, but stronger prescriptions require multi- or bifocal reading glasses and larger lens shapes. If the lens is too small, you may experience distortion or a prism-type effect.


Metal or Plastic Frames?

Plastic frames come in a huge range of colors and styles, and are generally lower-priced. Metal frames, on the other hand, are more suited to resisting damage and everyday wear-and-tear. Titanium is the lightest and most flexible metal frame material, with an amazing strength-to-weight ratio.

When it comes to lenses, protective coatings may make your reading glasses last longer and preserve the looks and structural integrity of your glasses. Here are some of our recommendations:

  • Anti-scratch coatings, like those on Arise HD lenses, are a great investment to improve the durability of your glasses, as some plastic lenses can scratch easily.

  • Anti-reflective coatings reduce glare reflections on the surface of your reading glasses. If you’re nearsighted and require high-index lenses, which are more likely to have glare problems, this coating is really helpful. Plus, it makes you look better, as people can see your eyes instead of their reflections!

  • Photochromic lenses protect your eyes from UV light. They darken automatically in sunlight, which is really helpful if you are light-sensitive or planning on using the reading glasses for a nice book outdoors, for example.

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