How Do I Know if I Need Reading Glasses?January 28, 2022
Have you noticed it’s becoming more difficult to read a cocktail menu lately? Or perhaps holding your reading material suspiciously close or ridiculously far away from your face has become common practice. Is it just you or does a distinguished pair of eyeglasses seem to be making its way into the wardrobe of most of your peers? Well, dear reader, these are the signs and symptoms telling you it’s time to consider a pair of readers. Before we move on to everything you need to know about reading glasses, please keep in mind that those who do need readers are no longer doomed to wander the drugstore in order to find a pair that you will understandably hide and undoubtedly misplace. If reading glasses are what you need, a beautifully designed pair that perfectly suits you is absolutely in your future.
1. Fighting the spacetime continuum is a fool’s errand
As gravity does its thing, we lovingly suggest you embrace your journey and begin accessorizing appropriately. Around 40, your eyes can start to lose their ability to see things up close. This is perfectly normal and happens to the very best of us. So fret not! We can confirm that spending your time finding reading glasses that keep you in focus and looking phenomenal is a much better use of time than squinting through an arduous denial phase.
2. Your arms aren’t getting any longer
Serious question: Are your arms tired? While it may seem like holding every cookbook, cocktail menu, and news article far away from your face in order to read it is working for you, in actuality, being able to focus on your reading material shouldn’t require an extensive arm workout. If reading becomes easier when you hold your phone up close, you may be in the market for a refreshed prescription. However, if you’re finding it to be more helpful to read your phone from the embarrassing distance of a selfie stick, it's probably time to try on some reading glasses. And if you're doing a lot of reading on a digital screen, our blue light glasses will help you be a sight for sore eyes without having sore eyes.
3. Over-the-counter pain meds are your new best friends
Relaxing with a good book is becoming a pain — and it’s not because you’re a heavily sought-after social butterfly with a completely booked calendar and you just cannot find the time. If headaches and eye strain have entered your life without an invitation and you’re spending more time tending to headaches and sore eyes than reading, you may be the perfect candidate for blue-light blocking frames or a flattering pair of reading glasses. If your eyes are straining to find focus, in the name of self-care, ditch the over-the-counter painkillers and treat yourself to some good-looking reading glasses. The windows to your soul will thank you.
4. How many readers does it take to change a lightbulb?
Not to alarm you, but if you find yourself saying things like, “Huh. Everywhere I go, the lights seem quite dim. Lighting trends these days do not agree with me.” Then you may be a person in need of reading glasses. As your eyes grow older, it becomes more difficult to read clearly in dim lighting — gone are the days of reading menus without the glaring flashlight of your phone. Instead of moving through the world wondering why everyone is skimping on good lighting, get thee to the land of glorious readers for all.
5. Hello halos
There are aspects of aging that feel heavenly, except for the halos of light you’ve started seeing around headlights and street lamps. As you get older, your eyes can struggle with focusing light, resulting in a halo effect. As ethereal as that may be, it’s more annoying than it is angelic – and a new pair of reading glasses can help you say goodbye to those halos for good.
The nice thing about readers (aside from, you know, being able to read) is that you don’t need any help from your optometrist. Start with our reader strength test to find out what magnification is best for you. Once you have the perfect strength, the real fun begins — finding the perfect frames. You can take our style quiz to find out the best frames for your style and face shape. If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about purchasing eyewear online (link to how to buy glasses online blog), just know that our return policy makes online shopping a risk-free situation. Set your sights on the reading glasses we have to offer. You’re one step closer to finding your next trend-setting accessory.