Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses

Choosing Glasses and Sunglasses

What Are Readers and Sun Readers?

Reading glasses are glasses with a lens power, magnification or strength, typically ranging from +1 to +4, to aid with up-close reading. They are a great option for those who don't mind slipping on a different pair of glasses for up-close viewing, or those who only require one prescription. Similarly, sun readers are available in the same magnifications or strengths, but offer protection against the sun's harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays, as well as a solution for those who have trouble seeing fine print.

Find the Right Pair

Scheduling a comprehensive eye exam with an eyecare provider annually is key, not only for eye health, but overall health. During an eye exam an eyecare provider will check to see if an individual requires prescription lenses, lenses that help alleviate the symptoms felt from digital devices or reading glasses, as well as look for signs of common eye diseases, assess how the eyes work together and evaluate the eyes as indicators of overall health. An eyecare provider can detect conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, glaucoma, diabetes and more based on the eyes. Individuals shouldn't purchase new glasses without first having an eye exam to make sure they're purchasing glasses with lenses that are right for their unique set of eyes.

Once you and your eyecare provider determine the right lens solution for you, it's time to take action! When purchasing readers, individuals should keep the following key tips in mind:

  • Fit matters! Remember that readers should be in proportion to the face, and opposites attract in terms of frame and face shapes. The silhouette of the eyewear should contrast with the shape of the face.
  • Starting a collection is key. Why just have one pair? Having multiple pairs will not only allow you to switch up your style, but will make stashing frames in numerous, easy-to-reach spots a breeze so you'll never have to go without. Consider keeping pairs at home, at the office, in the car, in your purse/briefcase, etc. for whenever a reading opportunity presents itself.
  • Know your vision needs. Visit your eyecare provider for a comprehensive annual eye exam to find out what lens strength your eyes require.
  • Stay in tune with your style. Every individual naturally gravitates toward a specific style and shops accordingly. You should maintain that mindset when it comes to snagging readers to ensure your new pairs stay in line with your unique look.

Keep Style in Mind

Readers and sun readers are a great opportunity to play up personal style, or to add something new to an existing eyewear wardrobe. Whether you prefer classic elements like aviator silhouettes, keyhole bridges and staple black and brown colorations; or you're up for trying trendy oversized profiles, unexpected color-blocking and fun embellishments, there's a frame for you. Head over to to check out the latest fall 2018 readers styles.