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Looking for reading glasses? You’ve come to the right place with our huge range of cheap reading glasses as well as designer reading glasses from all your favorite brands. At SmartBuyGlasses, we have over 1000 reading glasses to choose from, from over 15 brands including Ugly Fish, Costa del Mar, SmartBuy Readers and Porsche Design. Starting from as low as $29 with a pair of SmartBuy Readers, we have reading glasses at the best price for everyone. Discover a wide range of colors and styles, like popular clear glasses, cat-eye frames, full-rim or rimless glasses.
Signs you need reading glasses
Have you noticed your vision is blurry lately while reading a book or using your mobile? This is one of the key signs that it’s time to buy reading glasses. Other symptoms include squinting when looking at something within close range, difficulties reading small print text, headaches and eye strain after reading, holding your reading material at arm's length to see better and increased eye fatigue.
Presbyopia and reading glasses
These symptoms indicate presbyopia which generally is an age-related condition as over time the lens in the eye loses elasticity and becomes stiff. By losing the ability to flex and focus at near distance, a person with presbyopia will begin to hold objects farther away from them, until they cannot get the item far enough away. While presbyopia once started from age 40, we are increasingly seeing younger people develop it given our modern day activity is centered on near distance work and our use of digital devices. Presbyopia can now set-in from 25 years of age so investing in a pair of reading glasses can help to correct your vision as they magnify text and close up objects.
What are reading glasses?
Reading glasses are specifically designed to help magnify or improve sight at close reading distance. They have a pre-set prescription (or power) in the lens and at SmartBuyGlasses, they are available from +1.00, +1.50, +2.00, +2.50, +3.00, to +3.50. Glasses with +1.00 power are considered low strength while +3.5 are considered high power. It is important to remember that reading glasses have the same power range in both lenses. While readers aren’t custom-built to your exact prescription, one advantage is that they are normally cheaper than prescription glasses as they are mass produced. Starting from just $29 with brands like SmartBuy Readers, you can invest in several pairs so you always have a pair nearby. Keep a pair in the office, one in your handbag, one in your car and one at home so you always have easy access to clearer vision.
How do you know what strength reading glasses to get?
We measure reading glasses power in dioptres. Reading glasses start from 1.0 dioptre which is the lowest strength and go up to the highest strength of 4.0 dioptre, which is increasingly difficult to find readers in such a high power. The power levels increase by factors of .25 To determine what power reading glasses you need, the best thing to do is get your eyes tested. It is often recommended for people just starting to wear reading glasses to begin with a low power of +1.0, whilst people aged 60 or over are generally recommended to wear the strongest power. However, this is just a guide and nothing beats a proper eye exam from a professional.
Computer Reading Glasses
Computer glasses are different from reading glasses as they don’t have a prescription and are designed to protect eyes from blue light when working at the computer. If you’re looking for blue light reading glasses, you can easily make any of these reading glasses into computer reading glasses with blue light protection. Simply select your chosen reading glasses and add zFORT™ blue light block coating during the checkout process. Blue light block can help to reduce eye strain, reduce glare from the screen, improve your sleep and potentially even reduce headaches when using digital devices.
How to pick reading glasses?
At SmartBuyGlasses we have all the best tools to help you get the best reading glasses for you. To begin, check out our virtual try-on tool. It allows you to record a quick five second selfie video and then reveals your face shape giving you advice about the styles that will suit you best- whether that’s round, oval, rectangular or cat-eye. From there, you can navigate to our reading glasses page, filter by virtual try-on and see yourself wearing all of the glasses on the page as you hover over each product. If you’ve never bought glasses online before, trying them on virtually first is key to making sure you’re picking the right specs for you! Once you’re happy with your choice, you can select the power strength most appropriate from +1.0 to +4.0 and proceed to checkout. Don’t forget to add zFORT™ blue light blockif you’re going to be using your glasses while on digital devices too!
Men’s Reading Glasses
If you’re searching for the best men’s reading glasses, you have a wide variety of options to choose from to help improve your quality of vision. Here is our round-up of staff faves:
We love these simple rimless glasses with neutral grey arms and temple. The frame is made from a high quality plastic, making them a great choice for anyone looking for a durable frame that won’t break easily. They’re also ideal for wearers who have allergies due to their hypoallergenic properties.
If you’re after magnetic reading glasses for men, check out Montana Readers. Available in a range of stylish colors, we particularly like this elegant grey pair with full-rim, oval lenses. Currently up to 50% off, these specs are a great choice if you’re looking for improved vision and comfort but don’t want to break the bank.
Looking for blue light reading glasses? Gunnar is renowned for their gaming glasses and now they’ve brought out computer reading glasses. If you’re after the best glasses for playing video games but also find you want that extra support from a pair of readers, these are the choice for you! The lenses have a slight yellow tint which helps to block out harmful blue light, with an ultra lightweight silver frame made from metal.
Raspberry arms really bring these readers to life! You might not be able to afford a Porsche itself, but you can enjoy a little piece of luxury from the brand with a pair of their reader glasses. With full-rim metal frames, you can be sure you’re getting a pair of quality reading glasses made from superior materials. Metal is an excellent choice if you’re looking for durability but want to keep your look fashion-forward.
Who said readers weren’t stylish? Defy the critics with a pair of sleek black cat-eye frames from Montana Readers. Made from acetate, these glasses are both lightweight as well as hypoallergenic, so are a great addition to keep in your handbag for easy access to clearer vision.
We adore these sweet transparent glasses in a soft lilac tint. The arms have a flower pattern printed on them for an extra bit of fun to these on-trend clear glasses. If you’re looking for a pair of readers with a higher power, these are the ones for you as they come with an in-built prescription of +3.5.