<![CDATA[Readerwear Blog]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/ Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:05:06 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Customer Question Friday: Which is Better, Plastic Reading Glasses or Metal Reading Glasses?]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/plastic-or-metal-reading-glasses/ Plastic and Metal Reading GlassesThis seems like the age old question when it comes to selecting reading glasses.  My opinion is that it really comes down to personal preference.  While there are some specific differences, for me it is more about the differences in look and style.


Here are some key points when comparing plastic and metal reading glasses:


Plastic Reading Glasses

Plastic Reading GlassesPlastic reading glasses are in general a little heavier than metal ones*.  Also, the thicker frame usually hides a thicker lens better.  This is important to remember when you start to get into the higher lens strengths of reading glasses, say +2.50 and higher.  With the popularity of plastic frames, there seems to be more options for colours, shapes, and sizes.  Plastic reading glasses also can easily create a look, especially a bold one, with today’s eyewear trends leaning to larger frames.


Metal Reading Glasses

Metal Reading GlassesMetal reading glasses are generally lighter than plastic ones*.  The main advantage metal reading glasses have over plastic ones is that they can be easily adjusted to ones face, mainly because of the adjustable nose pads.  Also, metal reading glasses usually have a more subtle and understated look to them, when compared to plastic reading glasses.  One thing of note: if you like to put your reading glasses on your head when you are not wearing them (which is not good for any pair of reading glasses BTW), you can expect the nose pads of metal reading glasses to potentially get caught in your hair.  I have witnessed hundreds of customers in the store not buying metal reading glasses based on this.


As I mentioned earlier, it really comes down to personal preference.  I can’t really say which is better as both have their pros and cons. The one that is better is the one that makes you feel good when you are wearing it!



* To determine the weight comparison between metal and plastic reading glasses, I randomly selected 5 reading glasses in each category (all with the same lens strength) and determined an average weight.  The results were that the average weight of a plastic reading glass was 30 grams as opposed to 26 grams for a metal.

Thu, 30 May 2013 22:21:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Tips for Choosing the Tint of Reading Sunglasses]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/reading-sunglass-tints/ The colours of the lenses in reading sunglasses filter light in different ways.  The two most popular lens tints for sun readers are grey and brown/bronze.  We look at the differences in these tints so you can decide which is right for you.




Grey Tinted Reading SunglassesGrey is the most common tint for sunglass readers.  It is a neutral tint, which means that it blocks all colours evenly, meaning that you will still see colours in their natural form.  Grey tints will reduce brightness and glare.  It is the best tint option if you will be in full sun situations.  Also, if you are sensitive to sunlight, this may be the best option for you.





Bronze Tint Reading SunglassesBrown/bronze tints have a brighter feel to them when compared to grey.  These tints reduce glare and block blue light, which allows them to brighten vision on a cloudy day.  This tint also improves both contrast and depth perception.  Brown/bronze is a good all around choice for varied light conditions.




It is also important to understand that the tint of a lens has no impact on sun protection.  The tint, or colour, does not block the harmful UV rays of the sun.  No matter what tint you choose, make sure that the lenses are blocking 100% UVA and UVB rays.  To learn more about UV protection in reading sunglasses, read our blog post: UV Rays and Protecting Your Eyes.


Shop for our Mens Reading Sunglasses and Womens Reading Sunglasses.

Tue, 28 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[New iPhone App That Can Monitor Eye Disease]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/app-to-monitor-eye-disease/ Testing for Eye Disease with an iPad AppMillions of us use our iPhones and iPads to communicate, search for information, keep ourselves organized, and even entertained.  Now thanks to a new app, an iPhone can be used to prevent blindness.


With the population aging, the prevalence of age related macular degeneration (ARMD) is on the rise.  ARMD is a common condition in adults 50 and over.  Approximately 10% of individuals 66 to 74 years of age will have findings of ARMD. This increases to 30% in patients 75 to 85 years of age.


While there is no cure for ARMD, doctors can prevent it from getting worse by injecting a medicine in the eye as soon as the disease acts up.  Catching any damage early is important, so weekly, even daily monitoring is ideal. The problem is patients often miss check-ups.


With early detection and treatment so important, Vital Art and Science, a Texas based company, teamed up with a research scientist.  What they developed is: MyVisionTrack, the first FDA approved eye disease test that can be used on an iPhone or iPad.


The test on MyVisionTrack is nothing like the standard Snellen Chart, where you look at letters.  That test does not detect problems with the retina, whereby this one does.


In what looks like a game, users have to identify and tap the circle that isn’t perfectly round.  As the test progresses, it gets harder for the user to identify the distorted shape.  Results are stored and sent directly to the doctor.


Right now the app is available by prescription only, but soon they hope to have it available for download via iTunes.






Wed, 22 May 2013 00:05:54 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Foods for Your Aging Eyes]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/food-for-eye-health/ Woman with an orange over her eyeAre you eating foods that will help improve your eye health? While you won't be able to avoid your reading glasses, here are five food choices that help minimize age-related vision changes and reduce the risk of serious eye diseases.


Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like kale, spinach, collards, beet tops, and turnip greens (along with broccoli and eggs) are loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin - two powerful antioxidants that may help protect against retinal damage and the onset of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.



Fruits and vegetables packed with Vitamin C, like oranges, peaches, strawberries, tomatoes, and red bell peppers, help support blood vessels in the eye and may reduce the risk of cataracts.



Peanuts are a great source of vitamin E, which is known for protecting eyes from free-radical damage. Vitamin E may also slow the progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Other nuts such as almonds, sunflower seeds, and hazelnuts are other good sources of vitamin E.


Kidney Beans

Kidney beans are a good source of zinc, a mineral that is vital to eye health. Zinc helps get vitamin A from the liver to the retina for eye-protective melanin production.  Furthermore, proper amounts of zinc will help with night vision and cataract prevention. Other good sources of zinc are oysters, beef, seafood, poultry, and pumpkin seeds.



Salmon is a fantastic source of two types of omega-3 fatty acids -- docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) -- both of which have shown to be important in preventing or slowing down eye diseases. A lack of omega-3s may also contribute to dry eye syndrome. You can also find omega-3 sources in tuna, sardines, walnuts, and flaxseeds.


While you can't keep your eyes from aging, you can keep them healthy. The foods mentioned above are all great for eye health, but it is important not to focus on a single nutrient. Research shows that choosing a variety of foods that contain nutrients for eye health will have the best results on slowing age related issues like macular degeneration. 




Source: http://www.realage.com

Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD

Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Customer Question Friday: Can I Wear Reading Glasses Over My Contacts?]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/reading-glasses-over-contact-lenses/ Woman Putting in Contact LensesWhile contact lenses are great for correcting your vision to see far away, many of our customers realize that once they hit their 40’s, using contacts does not help them see the fine print.


Putting a pair of ready-to-wear reading glasses over your contacts is the simplest solution to see the fine print.  Your contacts will correct your distance vision, and any astigmatism that you may have.  All you need is a little magnification which is provided by the reading glasses.


There are a couple of other options with contact lenses in order to try and lessen the need for reading glasses.  One is monovision, where the contacts in each eye are corrected differently.  One eye is corrected for distance and one eye is corrected for near.  When both eyes work together, the wearer is supposed to get vision at both near and far.  The second option is multifocal contact lenses which have varying corrections for both distance and near.


Both of the above options seem to have varying degrees of success.  Many of our customers that have either monovision or multifocal contacts still find that they need reading glasses over top.


One thing to keep in mind is that the reading glasses that you wear over your contacts will not work when you are not wearing your lenses, like when reading in bed for example.  In that case, you will need a separate pair of reading glasses with a different correction or lens power.


If you are a contact lens wearer than needs a little help with the fine print, check out our selection of reading glasses for men and reading glasses for women.

Fri, 03 May 2013 14:25:00 +0000
<![CDATA[UV Rays and Protecting Your Eyes with Sunglass Readers]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/uvray-protection/ Woman wearing reading sunglasses reading a bookAnyone spending time outdoors is at risk for eye damage from the sun’s UV rays.  To protect yourself, wear good quality sunglasses or sunglass readers.




UV rays, or ultraviolet radiation, are invisible rays that are part of the energy that the sun beams down on us everyday.  Extended exposure to UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts and macular degeneration. 


There are three categories of these invisible UV rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC.  While the UVC rays are blocked by the earth’s atmosphere, UVA and UVB rays are not and these are the two that we need to worry about.


The best way to protect your eyes while outdoors from the sun’s harmful UV rays is to wear a good quality pair of sunglasses or reader sunglasses.


Look for sunglasses and sunglass readers that block 100 percent of the harmful UVA and UVB rays.  This level of protection is know as UV400 and is usually labelled as such.


Testing lenses for UV protectionThe only way to assess the protection of reading sunglasses is to have the lenses measured, either by the manufacturer or by a properly equipped optician.  All reading sunglasses that we sell are tested in house using our own UV meter, to ensure that the lenses meet UV400 standards.


See our Women’s Reading Sunglasses and Men’s Reading Sunglasses here.

Wed, 01 May 2013 13:00:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Forgot Your Reading Glasses? Don't Worry, There's an App for That]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/reading-glasses-apps/ iPhone Magnifying a MenuYou know the story: Your out for dinner and realize that you left your reading glasses at home.  You struggle to read the menu but are able to order dinner by choosing one of the specials that the waiter suggested.  Then the bill arrives at the end of the meal and there is no way you are able to make sense of it without your readers.  Not to worry, if you have the right app on your Smartphone.


While leaving your reading glasses at home is common, most of us are rarely without our phones these days. A portable magnifier on your Smartphone is the perfect solution in a pinch for those times you find yourself squinting to see small objects. This can be useful not only in restaurants, but also when you are trying to read the back of food labels at the grocery store or the ridiculously small print on the pill bottles at the drug store.


There are several free apps available for iPhones, Android Smartphones, and Blackberrys.  These simple apps use your Smartphone's camera to magnify the print like a magnifying glass. 


Here are a couple of apps that we found that may be worth checking out:


EyeReader for iPhone


Magnify for Android devices

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Customer Question Friday: I Keep Scratching the Lenses of My Reading Glasses. What Can I Do?]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/avoiding-lens-scratches/ Sctratched Lenses on Reading GlassesThe way we use reading glasses on a daily basis means scratching the lenses is inevitable.  Taking them on and off, leaving them scattered around the house, or shoving them in a pocket or purse can be tough on lenses. 


While these scratches and scuffs will definitely happen over time, we do have a bit of advice on how to minimize them.


Here are 3 tips on how to avoid lens scratches on your reading glasses.


1. Clean Your Reading Glasses Often.  Cleaning your reading glasses regularly will keep dirt off the lenses that can potentially cause scratches.


2. Clean Your Reading Glasses Properly.  Cleaning lenses properly will eliminate the chance of scratching your lenses during cleaning.  To learn how to clean your reading glasses properly read our previous blog post: 3 Tips for Keeping Your Reading Glasses Clean


3. Keep Your Reading Glasses in a Case.  This one seems obvious, but the number one reason for scratched lenses on reading glasses in not using a case.  Throwing them into a pocket or purse is guaranteed to lead to scratches.


When your lenses do get scratched and scuffed, remember that if the frame is optical quality and still in good shape, the lenses could be replaced.  We offer this service for all of the reading glasses we sell.  We can put in brand new lenses into your existing frames in whatever power you need, with prices starting from $20 per pair.


To learn more about our lens replacement service, just get in touch with us using our Contact Page.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:39:28 +0000
<![CDATA[NEW PRODUCT: Lookie Lous – Reading Glasses that Double as a Hairband]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/lookie-lous-hairband-reading-glasses/ Lookie Lous Headband Reading Glasses on ModelFor years we have been telling our customers that putting reading glasses on their head was a bad thing because they would stretch out the frame.  Now, with the creation of Lookie Lous, we can start letting people know that it is OK, in fact, it is encouraged.




Lookie Lous are a combination hairband and reading glasses that give you the ultimate in convenience.  Keep them on the top of your head until you need them.  That means no more digging through your purses or pockets; and better yet, say goodbye to that chain around your neck.


Describing How to Use Lookie Lous Headband Reading GlassesLookie Lous are made of flexible lightweight polycarbonate with a small notch at the midway point to rest comfortably on your nose.  When you need to see the small print just slide them down where they will snugly fit against your temples.  When you are done just slide them back up again.


Click here to see our selection of Lookie Lous 

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:57:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Customer Question Friday: My Reading Glasses Don't Work When Looking At My Computer. What Should I Do?]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/reading-glasses-with-computer/ Using Reading Glasses for the ComputerA common problem for many that wear reading glasses is that they have trouble seeing a computer screen clearly while they are wearing their reading glasses.  Luckily, there is a simple solution to this problem.


Why is your computer screen blurry?  It's really a matter of distance.  Your reading glasses bring things into focus at your reading distance, which is approximately 14 inches from your eyes.  Anything outside of this range, like a computer monitor which is further away, will start to appear blurry.  The key thing to remember is this: One lens strength will not bring things into focus at both reading distance and computer distance.


How do you solve this problem?  Well the simplest solution is to use reading glasses with a weaker lens strength.  The general rule of thumb is that decreasing your lens strength by 0.75 will bring your monitor into focus.  For example, if you wear +2.00 reading glasses, a pair of readers in a +1.25 strength will allow you to clearly see your computer screen.  The key point here is: The weaker the lens strength, the further the focal point. 


The only downside to this simple solution is that with the weaker reading glasses, you now lessen your ability to see things at a closer distance.  You may want to play around with a couple of strengths and find a balance between seeing your monitor and your printed material.


For those seeking a more efficient solution, especially if you work at the computer most of the day, a multifocal lens would be best.  This could be either a bifocal lens or an office progressive lens.  Both function the same with the top portion of the lens being your computer strength and the lower portion your reading strength.  We sell both options in our Vancouver store, but do not offer this solution from our website.  Multifocal lenses are best purchased in person so that the placement of the lenses can be set specifically for you according to you pupil measurements. 


To learn more about your eyes and using computers, here is some great information from the American Optometric Association about the causes and treatment of Computer Vision Syndrome.


If you are looking for a pair of weaker reading glasses to use for your computer, take a look at our optical quality reading glasses for men and women.

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Reading Glasses Trends: Spring 2013]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/reading-glasses-trends-spring-2013/ Looking to keep your reading glasses collection fresh and up to date?  Here’s our picks for the top reading glasses trends this season.


Large Trendy Reading GlassesOld School

The obsession with retro and vintage that we have seen the last few years continues to dominate.  The one aspect of this trend that is changing is that frames are starting to get thinner and less chunky.  It is starting to move away from the chunky look of the 50’s and 60’s to the large but thinner look of the 1980’s.  (Please no spandex!)  Tortoise and other neutral tones are keeping this trend close to its roots and classic.



Large Reading Glasses with a FadeTwo-Tone Fades

We saw this trend picking up some steam in the last year or so.  This two-tone colour treatment is now really being seen in Spring 2013.  Fades give a softer look to reading glasses and can be dressed up or down.





Reading Glasses with colour in the back layerVivid Colours

Nothing says Spring like a splash of colour and this trend does just that.  Spring colours liven up your readers with either the entire frame being bold or a hit of vibrant colour from an inside layer.  Look for electric reds, yellows, and greens.



Metal Reading GlassesSubtle Metals

For men, a great way to expand your reader collection and stay on trend is with sleek metal styles.  These range from athletic or sport influenced looks to traditional shapes for a classic appearance. Look for subtle metallic sheen colour.




Check out all our New Reading Glasses for Spring 2013

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 23:58:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Customer Question Friday: What Reading Glasses Look Good On Me?]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/choosing-reading-glasses/ This has to be one of the most common questions we face every day.  Selecting reading glasses that look great and add to your style is easy with a few simple tips.


I have used these 3 simple steps, outlined below, for years in the store when helping customers choose reading glasses.  I always love the challenge of a customer that says, “Reading glasses just never look good on me.” 


Going through this process will always lead to the customer walking out of the store with one or two pairs of reading glasses that they feel great about.  Suddenly, for them reading glasses have gone from something they have to wear to something they want to wear!


Here is our 3 step process for choosing reading glasses:


Face Shape – Opposites Attract

The rule of thumb here is simple: you want your reading glasses frame to be the opposite of your face shape.

 Face Shape Grid for Choosing Reading Glasses





























Proportion – Size Does Matter

The size of the frame can certainly effect the look of your reading glasses.  A large frame on a small face will just make your face look even smaller, and vice versa.  The key is to look for balance.  Also, reading glasses need to feel comfortable.  Readers that are too wide and constantly sliding down your nose will be a nuisance.


Style – Create a Look

Once you know the shape and size of reading glasses that you need, the rest is a matter of personal style.  Reading glasses should be seen as a fashion accessory, which reflects your personal style, whatever that may be.  Colours can be bold to create a “pop” or “wow” factor if that is what you desire.  In this final step relax and have fun.  I always ask customers at this point: Who do you want to be?



Looking for more information about choosing reading glasses?  Here are some great tips for buying your first pair of reading glasses.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:59:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Regular Eye Exams are Important – Based on a True Story]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/importance-of-eye-exams/ Eye Exam at OptometristAre you wearing reading glasses and think that you don’t need a regular eye exam?  If so, this blog post is for you.


This true story about the importance of regular eye exams is about my father-in-law.  He has been wearing ready-to-wear reading glasses for years without the need for prescription eyewear.  When I would visit him, I would occasionally bring him a few pair of readers from the store.  When I first met him he was using +1.25, and over the years he crept up to using +1.75.    


Last year before I was heading over for a visit, he called me and asked me to bring him some reading glasses.  I casually asked him when the last time he had an eye exam.  His response:  “Why would I need an eye exam?  I just need readers.  My eyes are fine.”  I said, “You might want to think about an exam, they can check for other eye health issues.” 


Now, let’s just say my father-in-law can be a bit stubborn, but my mother-in-law kept on him and finally convinced him to get an exam.  Well, sure enough the Optometrist found one of his retinas partially detached plus he had the very early stages of Glaucoma.  The retina was quickly fixed and he now goes for a regular exam to keep on top of the possible Glaucoma. 


This story is a great reminder of the importance of regular eye exams for those that just wear reading glasses.  A comprehensive eye examination is performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist and includes careful testing of all aspects of your vision and eye health.



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Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:36:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Customer Question Friday: What is the Difference Between Your Reading Glasses and the Ones in the Drug Store?]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/differences-in-reading-glasses/ Three pair of high quality reading glassesPeople often ask us why they should buy our reading glasses when they can buy them elsewhere for $5 or $10.  Well, here we outline the differences between our optical quality reading glasses and lower end product.


First we will look at the differences in the frames, then the hinges, and finally we will look at lenses. 



The biggest difference between optical quality reading glasses, what we sell, and lower end product is the material that the frames are made with.   


With plastic frames, high quality reading glasses will be made with acetate plastic, while lower end product will generally be made from injected molded plastic.  The advantages of the acetate frames are: durability as the plastic itself is much stronger than injection resin, a rich looking polished finish, and much more vibrant colour. 


One other point to consider when discussing plastic frames is that higher quality frames will have a metal rod on the inside of the temple (arm) running from the hinge to the end.  This adds durability and makes the temple adjustable. 


With metal frames, high quality metal reading glasses are generally made with stainless steel, compared to lower end reading glasses that are usually made with a mix of metals including nickel.  The advantage of frames made with stainless steel is that they are more durable while being lighter weight.



The hinges of reading glasses need to be durable.  Think of how many times a day you take your reading glasses on and off.  This repeated use is hard on the hinges, which means a higher quality hinge will extend the life of your reading glasses.


Generally speaking, high quality reading glasses will have stainless steel hinges, compared to hinges made with softer metals in lower quality reading glasses.


While spring hinges will help your reading glasses last longer, keep in mind they too need to be made with quality metal.  We have seen a lot of low end reading glasses with spring hinges, but the metal is so soft the hinges do not last and are completely ineffective.


Plastic hinge on reading glassesReading glasses that have any plastic on the hinges, as shown in the picture, should immediately be seen as low quality.  Plastic hinges certainly are not made to last.  Screws can't even be replaced if they fall out and it is obvious that plastic construction simply can't take the wear and tear that a hinge needs to endure.





There are two important points to consider when comparing the lenses between premium and lower end product.


First is the quality of the lens itself.  High quality reading glasses will use optical quality lenses from a reputable manufacturer.  They will be made of either CR39 or polycarbonate plastic.  These will be distortion free and the diopter (lens strength) will be accurate.


Second is the placement of the lenses within the frame, based on the frame size.  Placement of the lenses should be set with consideration given to the estimated PD (distance between the wearer’s pupils in millimetres).  Narrower frames should have a smaller PD estimate the wider frames.   Generally, lower end product has PD estimates that are all over the map.



Based on the comparisons outlined above, premium reading glasses offer you an optical quality option when compared to lower end product.  High quality reading glasses will give you increased durability with frames and hinges made of quality materials, and superior optics with quality lenses placed into the frames accurately.  In addition, the lenses can be changed in the higher quality frames over time.


Premium reading glasses, with price points between $40 and $70 are actually great value when compared to designer frames and lenses priced in the hundreds of dollars.  Keep in mind, many of the frames for the reading glasses that we sell are being made in the same factories, with the same materials, as many of the high priced designer frames.


To view our optical quality reading glasses click the links below:


Womens Reading Glasses

Mens Reading Glasses

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:15:54 +0000
<![CDATA[3 Tips for Keeping Your Reading Glasses Clean]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/cleaning-your-reading-glasses/ Cleaning GlassesFor anyone that wears them, they know that keeping reading glasses clean is a constant battle.  Always taking them on and off, packing them around in a pocket or purse, or keeping them around your neck all result in smudges on lenses and a build up of who knows what on the frames.


Here are three sure fire tips for keeping your reading glasses clean and looking good:


1. Use a cleaning spray or mild soap for the lenses.  To really lift off some of the smudges on lenses you need some sort of solution that will lift off the grease or dirt that is on the lens.


A lens cleaning spray that is ammonia free is what you want to look for and is available at most optical retailers.  Simply spay both sides of the lenses and wipe with a clean micro fibre cloth.


Keeping in mind that the majority of reading glass lenses are made from some form of plastic (CR39 or polycarbonate) and may have coatings, you will want to avoid using any harsh soaps or cleaners.  Definitely avoid using anything like Windex or other glasses cleaner that contain ammonia.


2. Micro fibre is best.  Micro fibre cloths provide the best material for cleaning your lenses and they can be used either with cleaning spray or dry by themselves.  The advantages of micro fibre are that the soft fabric will not scratch, they are lint free, and they can be washed for repeated use. Simply hand wash and hang to dry when it needs a clean. Keeping a few micro fibre cloths laying around the house or work is a great idea as you will find that the more they are around the more you will use them.


In a pinch, cleaning your glasses with a soft cotton cloth is fine as long as it is clean.  Using something dirty is what can scratch lenses.  Also, avoid using paper towel, Kleenex, or anything else made from wood fibre.  We especially cringe at the idea of using those moist towelette style lens cleaning cloths that are in individual pouches.  First off, they are a wood fibre material, and secondly the single use design of the cloth and package just don't make sense for the environment.


3. Sometimes you need the deep clean.  Especially with metal frames, over time things can really get a little out of hand. 


Dirty EyeglassesI'm sure many of you have seen the build up of green "gunk" around the nose pads, as shown in the picture.  This is mainly caused from oxidation from dirt being combined with oils and fluids from your skin.  I have a rule of thumb: if the nose pads are starting to turn green, it's time for a clean.  Seriously, it can get pretty gross.


For a deep clean I suggest a good soak in some warm soapy water using a mild soap such as Palmolive dish soap.  Let that warm water do some work to loosen things up. Then get in the hard to reach areas around the nose pads with a couple of Qtips.  In some cases, it may be necessary to have the nose pads changed.  This can easily be done inexpensively at an optical retailer.


Remember, your glasses are front and centre on your face and they provide an immediate first impression.  You go to great lengths to wash your clothes, style your hair, and making yourself look presentable, why not give a little of that treatment to your reading glasses.

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:33:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Customer Question Friday: When Should I Increase the Strength of My Reading Glasses?]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/when-to-increase-reading-glasses-strength/ Here is the first entry in our new weekly blog feature called Customer Question Friday, where we highlight frequently asked questions from customers in our retail store.

Today's question involves deciding when you should increase the strength of the reading glasses you are currently using.


Wall of reading glasses at Readerwear

In the store we call it "the slippery slope", that progression over time of increased lens strength in your reading glasses.  When you think this is happening don't panic; it is a natural occurrence as your eyes (and the rest of you for that matter) continue to age.  We display all our reading glasses by power in the stores, and over the past 12 years we have so many regular customers that have "moved along the wall" to higher strengths.  Customers in fact have a bit of a laugh over it!

With that said, how do you know when it is time to bump up the strength?  Well, the simplest sign that you need a little more help is that if to read clearly you are starting to push printed material further away from you eyes, while you are wearing your reading glasses, you probably need to bump things up a little.
Keep in mind that every lens power (known as a diopter) has a different focal point, with weaker powers having a focal point further away.  Therefore, if the reading glasses you are using have a focal point that is too far away, increasing the power will bring the focal point closer, back into that 14 inch or so reading distance.  More often than not the increase is usually a quarter or half diopter.

Using reading glasses for the computerOne of the best tips we give our customers who are increasing their lens strength is to hang onto those lower power reading glasses, as they will now be perfect for using at the computer.  With computer screens for the most part being slightly farther than reading distance, the weaker strengths work perfect.

We also want to be clear that increasing your lens strength slightly in this manner should by no means replace a regular eye exam from your Optometrist.  Regular eye checks will not only reveal what lens strengths you need, but they also asses other eye health issues.

If you would like more tips and information about reading glasses, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Tips for Buying Your First Reading Glasses]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/tips-for-buying-reading-glasses/ Lady choosing reading glassesAt some point we all realize we need some help with the small print.  It usually creeps up on us at some point in our 40’s, when we start to say things like: Why is news print so small these days, or why are the labels on products made with such small print?


Most live in denial for a while, then we come to grips with it and realize that we are there: We have hit that stage in life where reading glasses are a must. 


Here are 5 quick tips to keep in mind when you are buying your first pair of reading glasses:


1. Keep things is focus.  The first thing that you need to know is that reading glasses are designed to put things into focus at a near distance only, which is about 14 inches from you eyes.  When you look at something in the distance through your reading glasses, everything will be blurry and you may feel a bit dizzy.


To determine your correct strength, it is best to have an eye exam.  If you are going to try and determine what strength you need, start by selecting a low strength first and work up from there.  With the correct strength you should be able to read printed material clearly at about 14 inches from your eyes.  We see far too many people in the store over correcting.   


2. You will peer over them.  No one really thinks they will do this, but you will.  As mentioned above, when you need to look at a distance you don’t want to look through the lens. 


How do you solve this?  You have a few options: The first solution is that you simply take the glasses off to look at a distance.  Secondly, you can slide the reading glasses down your nose slightly and peer over the top.  Finally, you can wear bifocal reading glasses, where the top of the lens has no correction and the reading portion is only at the bottom.


While many first time buyers in our stores will cringe when we mention that at some point they will peer over the top of their reading glasses, they quickly realize why they have seen so many people over the years do just that.  You have to.    


3. You will need them everywhere.  One pair of reading glasses usually will not cut it.  It is much easier to have several pairs scattered around your house and work.  The majority of our customers will have a few in the house, a pair at work, one in the car, one in the purse etc…


Having several pairs on the go will eliminate things like getting to work and realizing you left your reading glasses on the kitchen counter, or getting to the restaurant and realizing you forgot to put them in your purse.


The nice aspect of ready-to-wear reading glasses is the affordability when compared to prescription eyewear.  This allows you to have several pair lying around in strategic locations.


4. Opposites attract.  The main rule of thumb for selecting the shape of your reading glasses is to go opposite of your face shape. For example, if your face could be considered round, you will want to balance that out by adding reading glasses with a square of rectangle lens shape.   


5. Remember to accessorize.  Reading glasses can turn you from frumpy to fabulous, from boring to brilliant, from dated to dynamite.  Like a purse or shoes for ladies, as well as belts and watches for men, reading glasses can compliment your wardrobe. 


Your choice of colour, shape, and style should be thought out so that who you are and what you want your appearance to say is in sync.  Reading glasses are a great way to add to your personal style and complete a look.


Want to learn more?  Check out our page showing you the different types of reading glasses available.

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:35:29 +0000
<![CDATA[The Benefits of Bifocal Reading Glasses: Never Have to Take Them Off]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/benefits-of-bifocal-reading-glasses/ Having to take off your glasses constantly can be a real pain. When you're wearing your reading glasses in an environment where you may need to look at more than the written text in front of you, bifocals are the way to go. They might make you feel like you've gotten old; but hey, you probably have enough signs of that in front of you already, so what's one more, honestly? When you're able to simply look up and over the part of your glasses that have strength to them, you'll feel like you've got the world on your shoulders!


When you're shopping for bifocals, what you need to do is ensure that the portion of the glasses that are enhanced is in a comfortable position  for your eyes and where they are naturally when you are looking down to read a book, newspaper or computer screen. If they don't allow you to take advantage of your vision naturally, you may find eye strain or general discomfort. With the right fit, you'll be all set!


The other important consideration is that the bifocal portions, known as segments, are even on both lenses.  That is to say, when looking straight on at the glasses, each segment should be at the same height from the bottom of the frame, and from the sides.  Proper placement of the segments allow for more comfortable use.  Any bifocal that does not line up like this should be rejected.


Once you wear bifocals a few times it will become second nature.  I know that many of our customers try out bifocals prefer them so much that they never go back to regular reading glasses.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[The Short Arm Syndrome: Why You Need Reading Glasses After 40]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/why-you-need-reading-glasses/ If you thought we were joking when we said that one of the signs that tells you that reading glasses are in your future is that your arm never seems to be long enough; well then, you probably have yet to hit 40. As for the rest of you, well, we know that you can relate.


Of course, the length of your arms have not changed in length (obviously) and if you believe that then you are clearly in serious denial. Now, we have to burst your bubble and explain the short arm syndrome in reality and help you understand WHY you need reading glasses after 40.


The real term for short arm syndrome is presbyopia and it occurs as part of the natural aging process. It's believed that the changes that occur to the lens of the eye just happens. There is a thickening and loss of flexibility that happens to the lens. Essentially, when there is a decline in elasticity, it compromises the eye's ability to focus when things are close by.


Yup, you heard it here first. Short arm syndrome is just another example of your body betraying you with age. The good news is you can look chic and intelligent the next time you pick up a book if you get your own pair of stylish reading glasses!


Via: All About Vision

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Style Trends in Men's Reading Glasses]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/style-trends-in-mens-reading-glasses/ We dudes often get accused of having bad style. Well, okay, that might be true sometimes but we can all at least fake it a little! We'll even help you out a bit here so you can fool all of those important people in your life into thinking you've finally figured out how to dress yourself. Here are some of the hottest trends in men's reading glasses so you can be stylish!


Plastic Frames

The media has coined these plastic framed glasses "nerd glasses" but celebrities seem to think they're pretty hip. Take a risk with these guys; your accessories are one way that you can really have fun and show your personality. Choose a subtle plastic frame or something that pops and you'll look suave and sophisticated with your head in your bowl of cereal while trying to read the morning paper before your first cup of coffee..or at the office (whatever you prefer)!


Rimless Glasses

This style is classic and since there is no frame, you don't have to worry about your colour choice not suiting your mood. Your eyes always take center stage (tell that to your spouse when she tries to criticize your fashion sense and she'll swoon!) when you have these glasses on. These glasses are popular with guys that don't want flashy accessories, but still want to be stylish.


Wire Glasses

Classic yet contemporary, they're always a staple style for reading glasses so rest-assured your fashion sense is safe.


The most popular style trends in men's reading glasses can help you make your selection, but remember it's about personal choice and finding a pair of glasses that fits your personality and your vision needs. Of course, if you're having trouble settling on one, you can always pick up a few pairs of reading glasses for good measure.

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 23:41:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Baby Boomer Fashion: Accessorize with Reading Glasses]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/babyboomer-fashion-accessorize-with-reading-glasses/ Stylish guy in glassesAging baby boomers have been the people fueling the growth the sales of non-prescription reading glasses, transforming the category from being functional products to a product that is driven by style. Baby boomers are fashion conscious and are aware of the many options when it comes to accessories. Style has become an important factor in creating each and every outfit.

To meet the needs and demands of these stylish baby boomers, suppliers of reading glasses have been constantly working to update lines, ensuring that products are now available in the latest frame styles.

Fashion oriented baby boomers are always looking for glasses in different colors and styles to compliment their wardrobe. Studies have shown that men will seek a conservative pair of reading glasses and women will be more prone to choosing the latest fashionable frames. Women will also purchase multiple pairs of glasses to compliment their varying outfits.

The reason for seeking out fashionable frames is so that aging baby boomers do not actually highlight the fact they are wearing reading glasses. Many are actually using them for vision aids, so they definitely want something that is in style and tied in with the current fashion trends.

You might have been thinking you're old and out of tune with today's fashion, but the news we have for you is that you're trendsetting with your specs!

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:39:47 +0000
<![CDATA[What Are the Different Types of Reading Glasses?]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/what-are-the-different-types-of-reading-glasses/ If you're not having enough problems making decisions in your old age already, we've decided to make it even harder for you. Did you know that there are different types of reading glasses available? Sure, they all add visual interest to your face and help you see, but the categories of glasses go beyond that!


Understanding what different types of glasses are available can help to ensure you get the style and function most appropriate for you.


1. Full Vision Reading Glasses - these are the kind of glasses that cover your whole eye. It's not just about the style, these glasses ensure that no matter which way you look, you're looking through the lens. These glasses are ideal for those who use their reading glasses when they're simply focused on just reading.


2. Half Frame Reading Glasses - These are positioned so the lens covers only the lower part of your eye. That means you can look over the top of the glasses to see distances. Style-wise, these glasses are often considered to be the "sexy librarian" look, and if you choose these, you can perfect your over-lens stare!


3. Bifocals - bifocals essentially work like half frame reading glasses. Look up and you're looking through a clear lens; look down and you're looking through the magnified portion of the glasses! These also provide an intellectual look, although it is arguable that every style has the same effect!


Now that you know which categories of reading glasses are available to you, get shopping.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:49:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Common Eye Health Questions and Answers]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/common-eye-health-questions-and-answers/ While individuals who typically need reading glasses simply suffer from that nasty thing we like to call aging, there are some other eye conditions that you may experience that require a visit to your doctor optometrist. Here are some of the most common questions related to eye conditions.


Question 1 - Why are my eyes bloodshot?

Answer 1 - while you might have a different answer relating to your music festival activities in the 60's and 70's, there are a number of reasons that your eyes could become red and itchy. One of the most common problems happens to be allergies or environmental irritations. Typically, allergy medications and eye drops available over the counter can alleviate the symptoms. In some cases, redness can be due to broken blood vessels as well, or even pink eye.


Question 2 - Why do I get blurred vision?

Answer 2 - Blurred vision that is not persistent is typically a sign of fatigue or eye strain. It can come and go, and in general, this type of blurred vision doesn't have a effect on your sight. If blurred vision comes on like a curtain and all you see is darkness, immediate medical treatment is required.


Question 3 - Why do I see spots?
Answer 3 - Like the need for reading glasses, seeing spots or things flash across your vision is another sign of getting older. No, the spots are not your lost marbles, they are typically pieces of detached retina. They are visible from time to time based on lighting conditions and other factors. This is something that should be mentioned to your doctor, and likely, your eyes will be monitored during routine check-ups to ensure nothing has changed. Immediate medical attention is not typically required unless spotty vision or flashes of light happen frequently or are always present.


Understanding what's going on with your eyes can help ensure that you're protected; age is already doing enough to you, declining eye health doesn't need to become a factor!

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:38:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Should Children Wear Reading Glasses?]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/should-children-wear-reading-glasses/ It's often thought that reading glasses or only required by us 'old fogies' who are 40 and beyond, but there is another demographic that can benefit from use of readers, too! It might be surprising to you that reading glasses are being recommended to some children, since it's logical that those with low vision would wear glasses full-time. However, reading glasses and bifocals are often recommended to slow Myopia in young kids.


Children and reading glasses

Myopia is a condition where the eye has trouble focusing upon things in the distance. This condition is also called nearsightedness and it does often begin in childhood. Myopia is present in about 25% of adults, which means a large portion of the population began exhibiting signs of the condition when they were children. There are a variety of potential causes of Myopia; sunlight, genetics, and eye stress and strain can lead to earlier onset Myopia.


For children diagnosed with Myopia, reading glasses can take strain off the eye when they're focused on materials that are close to (hopefully) slow the development of the condition. Bifocals can also have the same effect since they would be used primarily when children are reading or focusing closely upon something. Full-time, regular glasses are not beneficial in treating Myopia because it's believed by many eye specialists that it's only the eye strain from activities like reading that can contribute to this condition.


Not only will reading glasses potentially benefit your child's health, they'll be pretty impressed to have glasses like you, mom or dad, even if you've only got yours on because you've gotten so old!

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:26:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Tips for Preventing Eye Injuries in Children and Adults]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/tips-for-preventing-eye-injuries-in-adults/ Vision is something that many of us take for granted until we don't have it anymore or notice it declining and many of us need to put more effort into protecting our eyes during specific activities. I know what you're thinking..that we old farts just aren't physically able to do anything that could pose a risk, so consider these tips for those still in denial about their age!


As parents, it's also our responsibility to educate our children on protecting their own eyes. It doesn't mean they might not require reading glasses in the future, but having two unharmed eyes to go underneath them is always a bonus!


Here are some basic guidelines for eye protection:


1. Get the right sporting equipment - reading glasses are appropriate for well, reading, and sunglasses may protect your eyes from the sun, but they aren't the ideal choice to wear for most sports as they offer limited physical protection. For sports like basketball, tennis, volleyball and racket sports, polycarbonate protectors offer full eye coverage and have shatter-proof lenses. Wear these and you won't just be glad that you've salvaged your eyes; you'll be happy you didn't sacrifice your oh so stylish reading sunglasses!


2. Choose the right size glasses- for activities where glasses are appropriate, wearing the right size is important. Glasses that shift because they're too large could end up compromising eye health and they can have an increased tendency to break; not something you want to happen near your eyes! Choosing your glasses carefully based on your face shape and the appropriate size will prevent any problems!


3.  Remove makeup - ome simple tip for protecting the eye applies primarily to women! It's important to remove eye makeup before bed, otherwise fragments of mascara or other foreign bodies can get into the eyes and cause damage!

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:26:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Close to Your Computer in More Ways Than One!]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/close-to-your-computer/ Fri, 17 Feb 2012 18:39:08 +0000 <![CDATA[What Determines Your Eye Colour?]]> http://www.readerwear.com/blog/what-determines-your-eye-colour/ How your eyes appear a specific colour – the iris is the coloured part of the eye, and it contains pigmentation. The pigment in your eye typically doesn’t change in adulthood, but does after birth when babies eyes turn from blue to their permanent colour. 

The role that genes play in eye colour – there is some mystery when it comes to genetics and eye colour. There are three genes that represent the eye colours green, brown and blue; but science has yet to determine the genetic link for other colours like hazel or grey. It was once thought that brown was always the dominant gene. So, two parents that have brown eyes should produce a brown-eyed child. It turns out, that’s not always the case so brown is not always dominant over blue or green eyes. It is of course more likely that two brown-eyed parents spawn a brown-eyed child, it’s just not the rule! Green is also said to be dominant over blue from a genetic perspective as the darker eye colour is the one that wins the battle. It seems to be a roll of the dice which genes meet up to create the eye colour of children. 

How eye colour changes – most babies are born with blue eyes, but not all older children or adults do. This is because the brown pigment melanin that can make eyes green or brown isn’t present at birth and can develop with age!
Fri, 17 Feb 2012 18:19:49 +0000