There are many ‘coming of age” moments that define our life, starting with early moments like learning to ride a bike, first day of school and driving a car. Then as we age there are more grandiose moments, graduating college, getting married and that first real job. All of these are incredibly exciting as they start to define your life.
As you get more into middle age there are still life defining moments but instead of opening new worlds they seem to be more rights of passage. That first gray hair, starting to care for your parents and of course those tell-tale signs that you may need reading glasses. At some point after you turn 40 years of age you will notice that you are holding your phone at arms length to read your text messages. You will notice that books with fine print are becoming hard to read, and you will also feel that your eyes are tired after a big day of working on the computer.
If this sounds like things you are experiencing then you are likely developing presbyopia or what is more commonly known as nearsightedness. The blurry vision and inability to read things close are due to the lens of the eye becoming less flexible with age which prohibits the eye from being able to focus on close-up objects.
While this may be disconcerting it need not be, as with anything in life it is a matter of embracing change gracefully. Presbyopia is fortunately easy to correct by wearing a pair of reading glasses, also known as readers. Don’t worry, this is so common that according to The Vision Council over 28 million people in the United States wear over the counter reading glasses to correct their vision.
What Power Reading Glasses Do I Need?
So the first step is to determine what power reading glasses you need. Most people will start with a lower power or magnification which normally starts at 1.00. As you age your power will gradually increase to assist more with your vision. The high end of the power range for most people is about 3.00 to 4.00. The reading glasses power range is broken down into quarter diopter intervals, for example 2.00, 2.25, 2.50, 2.75 etc. So you will not want to just take a shot in the dark when it comes to getting your first pair.
One guaranteed way to get the right power is to ask your personal eye doctor during your annual eye exam. If you do not have an exam scheduled soon you can download our reading glasses power chart and print it out to determine which power you need. Our chart covers the full range from 1.00 to 4.00 so you can dial in the exact power you need.
What Kind or Reading Glasses Do I Want?
We carry three distinct types of reading glasses here at Visualites. All of them are part of our family of lightweight rimless reading glasses so that part is easy. But do you want traditional reading glasses, computer reading glasses or reading sunglasses for reading outside?
Traditional Reading Glasses
Traditional readers are the ideal solution for reading books and taking to restaurants to read the menu and such.
Computer Reading Glasses
Computer readers are the ideal answer for those of you who are on a computer or mobile device for extended amounts of time during the day or evening. They are especially ideal for those of you who like to surf the web in the evening as blue light is known to disturb sleep.
For those of you who love to read outside on the back patio or on the beach a pair or reading sunglasses are going to work perfectly. We use what we call the “Power Window” in the bottom of the lens so you can wear the glasses as normal sunglasses when not reading and then look through the Power Window when you want to read.
Once you have found the right power and right style the rest is easy, we have several styles of each type to choose from so first find the style you like best. Then simply choose your color and your power and use our easy checkout to complete your purchase. You will have your new reading glasses in a couple of days all from the comfort of your own home!
All of our traditional reading glasses and computer reading glasses come with our extremely popular tube case so you can take them with you anywhere easily without worrying about breaking them.
We hope this helps and if you have any other questions we can assist with please contact us at email@example.com
Jerry Willis is the owner of Lumen Eyewear and the computer glasses and reading glasses brand Visualites. Jerry has years of experience in eyewear frame and lens design and manufacturing of eyewear and is a member of the Vision Council of the United States of America. Lumen Eyewear is also a FDA licensed manufacturer and importer of reading glasses and computer glasses. Visualites is dedicated to bringing its customers products that not only improve their vision but the health of their eyes.