Reading Glasses

Explore different types of reading glasses

There's little more relaxing than winding down the weekend with a good book. Unfortunately, as time goes on, vision problems can make doing just that a frustrating experience. If you're having problems reading text only inches in front of you, then it may be time to consider single-vision reading glasses.

If you're experiencing this kind of trouble, you may consider two distinct types of reading glasses: full reading glasses, or half-eyes (those that use a much smaller lens and tend to sit lower on the nose). Full reading glasses are helpful for those who can focus all of their attention on the text in front of them. However, for parents and grandparents who have to keep track of a meal or the kids, half-eyes may be more appropriate since they allow users to switch between two types of vision. Full reading glasses will make objects at a distance appear blurry, whereas half-eyes allow one to make a better transition.

Bifocal reading glasses

An even better option may be bifocal reading glasses, which essentially split the lens in half: on the top is a prescription for distance viewing, while the lower half of the lens is specially designed for aiding the reading of text up close. You will need to consult a specialist for bifocal reading glasses, but for many people they will be the best option.

Another convenient option: folding reading glasses, which bend at the nose and can fit into a shirt pocket. These types of reading glasses are often more expensive than the standard fare, and tend to sell for around $30.

Finding cheap reading glasses

Both full reading glasses and half-eyes are rarely expensive. Cheap reading glasses are often available at the nearest pharmacy or big box retailer for less than $20. Wholesale reading glasses are often available online for even less money, and some sites offer a wide range of styles.

Finally, there are also reading glasses available for those who frequently read text off a computer screen. Since the personal computer dominates both our personal and professional lives these days, many of us are subject to vision deterioration associated with many hours staring at a computer screen. Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, occurs when staring at a computer display leads to headaches and eye muscle tiredness. In addition to the stereotypical computers, there are smartphones and tablets that can create eye strain. Before purchasing, it might be good during your research to search for "what are the best new tablets for reducing eye strain" for a smartphone, just replace "tablet" with "smartphone." Today computer reading glasses are emerging to help with reading text on computers, though anyone considering such a purchase should consult a physician.