What are Reading Lenses?

Presbyopia, which usually occurs after age 40, reduces the ability of your eyes to focus on near objects. You’ll need new glasses for close-up vision. There are many options to choose from for correcting presbyopia, including progressive lenses, bifocals, trifocals and reading glasses.

Reading glasses have single vision lenses that are only used for close-up vision. For distance viewing, you would need to remove them, peek over the top or use another pair of glasses.

Are Customized Readers Better Than Pre-Made Readers?

You may have seen pre-made reading glasses readily available for purchase at a pharmacy or department store. The downside of these pre-made readers is that they are made as a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Pre-made reading glasses use the same prescription in both lenses and the optical center of the lenses is not customized for each person; however, most individuals do not have the same prescription in both eyes and each person has a different center of their pupils. Individuals may experience headaches, eye strain and nausea after wearing reading glasses that are different from their actual prescription1. The best solution is to consult your Eyecare Professional for a comprehensive eye exam, where you can receive customized prescription eyeglasses that are tailed to your vision needs.