Reading Glasses

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Reading glasses optimise eyesight for the wearer when reaching the point of not being able to read up close.

Conventional reading glasses come in two main styles: full frames, in which the entire lens is made in the reading prescription, and half frames, the smaller style reading glasses that sit lower down on the nose.

Full frame reading glasses are suitable for wearers who spend considerable time viewing material close-up. Everything will appear blurry when the wearer looks up and across through the reading glass lenses.

Half frame reading glasses allow the wearer to look down and through the lenses for viewing material close-up, and up and over them to see in the distance.

Generally speaking, wearers who have never needed glasses in the past tend to start out with a pair of reading glasses rather than multifocal lenses, which usually are a better choice if you have a need for distance (viewing TV) as well as near correction (viewing smart phone).

Reading glasses are different to computer glasses in that reading is done at a closer range than reading text on a computer monitor. We prescribe lenses especially for computer use. The lenses work differently to reading glasses in that the wearer will not need to lean their head back in order to view the computer screen, placing unnecessary strain on the wearers neck muscles.

Not to be confused with computer glasses we also sell Eyezen reading glasses that have lenses specially made exclusively for young adults (non-presbyopes). They are designed to relax and protect the wearer’s eyes from digital devices such as computer screens, tablet screens and phone screens - all day long. These reading glasses are available to everyone, even those who have not been prescribed near reading glasses lenses.

Nowadays, we also prescribe reading glasses with UV protection for wearing outdoors in the sun; popular types are the sunglass bifocal and hidden back surface bifocal, with a non-prescription upper half for looking far away and a reading prescription in the lower half for close up.

Reading glasses frames at South Melbourne include D&G, Dolce&Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Flexon, Nicola Finetti, Nike, Prada, Porsche Design, Ray-Ban, Silhouette, Versace and many more.

Whatever your reading glasses need, South Melbourne Optical custom make reading glasses for individual requirements.

Some of our patients like to have numerous spare pairs of reading glasses in different rooms of the house and other places. Ready-made readers can be purchased in-store and are a cheaper alternative than custom eyewear. These reading glasses are essentially a "one-size-fits-all" item. The prescription is the same in both lenses, and the location of the optical centre of the lens is not customised for each wearer.

It is important to note that most people do not have exactly the same prescription in both eyes, and almost everyone has at least a small amount of astigmatism correction in their prescriptions. Eyestrain can result from wearing reading glasses that are not specific or close enough to your actual prescription, or that have optical centres too far away from the centre of your pupils.

For these reasons, custom-made reading glasses are better choice overall.

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