How to Choose the Right Reading Glasses
We can try to avoid it as much as we’d like, but most of us will need reading glasses at some point in our lives – probably around the time we turn 40. Our vision naturally begins to deteriorate over time and if you’ve noticed that the text on your computer screen or even inside your favorite book is a little blurrier than it used to be, that time has probably come for you as well.
But at the same time, the sheer number of options available on the market today can quickly make the process of choosing reading glasses overwhelming. How does anyone know how to choose reading glasses with so many different variations available?
The good news is that we’re going to tell you. The better news is that the process isn’t nearly as complicated as you may have thought it was. If you want to be absolutely sure that you’re finding the right pair of reading glasses to meet your own specific needs, there are a couple of essential things you’ll want to be on the lookout for (no pun intended).
It’s All About That Diopter
In the context of how to choose reading glasses, there are few elements more important than the diopter. Think about this a bit like the “magnification power” of the lenses themselves. You don’t want your diopter to be too strong or too weak – it should be just right for optimum comfort.
Unless you make an appointment with your vision specialist and have your eyes checked out in a proper setting, choosing the right diopter is going to require a little bit of trial and error. Put on a pair of reading glasses and hold something about 18 inches away from your face – preferably a book, a magazine or some other type of reading material with small print.
If the print on the page is blurry, move that reading material closer to your face. Continue to do so until the text becomes clear. If you have to move that item closer to your face than you normally would, your diopter is too strong and you should try on another pair. If the “clear” distance is farther away than normal, the diopter is too weak. Continue to experiment until you find the right pair for you. For additional help with choosing diopter, you may also check out our article, “How to Identify Which Reading Glasses Strength You Need.”
Pay Attention to the Type of Lens
Once you’ve moved beyond the diopter strength, you can segue directly into what is perhaps the next most important part of choosing the right pair of reading glasses: the design of the lens itself. There are a few different options here available to you, all of which are intended to help with different types of situations. These include:
Single vision lenses. These are typically used to solely correct distance vision, but they can also be set to nearly any focus that you may want – including both intermediate vision or very near vision. The latter of those would be particularly helpful if you were suffering from the effects of a condition like Presbyopia.
Bifocal lenses. These lenses have a unique design in that the lens itself is separated into two different sections. If you wanted to see something in focus that was far away from you, you would look through the top part of the lens. If you wanted to correct your vision during reading you would look through the bottom part of the bifocal readers.
Trifocal lenses. These are incredibly similar in concept to bifocal lenses, but they add a third section to the equation. In addition to portions for near vision and distance vision correction, there is also a section devoted to correcting your intermediate vision.
- Adjustable lenses. Also referred to as progressive lenses, these allow you to correct your entire field of vision without being forced to look through a different portion of the lens depending on what you’re trying to do. Instead, you just adjust a dial located on the side of the lens itself until your vision comes into focus. Adlens’ UZOOM adjustable focus glasses are just one of the many examples of these types of reading glasses that are available.
If you’ve read about how each lens design works and still have questions, we absolutely encourage you to make an appointment with your vision specialist to discuss the matter further.
Is Blue Light Filtering Right For You?
Another factor you’ll want to consider comes down to reading glasses with blue light filtering, which can be very helpful if you’re suffering from something called Computer Vision Syndrome, or if you work on a computer often. Smartphones, tablets and computer screens all give off a specific type of blue light that can be harmful in large doses. In addition to causing unnecessary eye strain and giving you headaches, blue light can also keep you up at night and can even exacerbate a condition like Presbyopia.
A pair of reading glasses with blue light filtering can help reduce blue light exposure by as much as 30% in a lot of cases, dramatically reducing symptoms like:
- Regular eye strain from electronic device use.
- Headaches that you get when you look at your phone for too long.
- Blurry vision that only happens with device use.
- Neck and shoulder pain.
- Dry eyes during device use.
- Irregular sleeping patterns and more.
Adlens: Your Partner in Vision Health
At Adlens, we’ve designed our UZOOM reading glasses to be a great all-around choice for the largest audience possible. In addition to offering the increased flexibility that only comes with adjustable lens glasses, UZOOM glasses also offer blue light filtering and more. But as always, choosing the right reading glasses is not a “one size fits all” process. Only by carefully weighing your options will you be able to act with confidence knowing that you finally have a solution to meet your specific needs.
If you still have any additional questions about how to choose reading glasses (or if you’re not certain that you even need them in the first place), we absolutely encourage you to make an appointment with your doctor so that you can discuss things in more detail. If you’d like to find out more information about our Adlens UZOOM reading glasses, visit www.adlens.com today.