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Top 7 Signs That You Need Reading Glasses

Top 7 Signs That You Need Reading Glasses

Your eyes are miraculous organs. Second only to the brain in overall complexity, your optic nerve contains over one million nerve cells, which makes sense when you consider that your eyes can distinguish approximately 10 million different colors, detect candlelight from 1.7 miles (2.7km) away, and are able to focus on 50 different objects every second.

As we age, some of these superpowers begin to fade, but fear not – because for most people, reading glasses are all it takes to bring your eyes back into focus!

Find out how miraculous your eyes are by taking your own strength test to find out what strength reading glasses you need.

Here are the Top 7 Signs to Look For If You Think You Might Need Reading Glasses:

1. You need more light for, like, everything

In addition to reading, if other detailed tasks are requiring you to turn up the dimmer switch or reach for your phone’s flashlight, reading glasses are probably in your future.

Our Readers + Phone Cases are a fan favorite for this because having a pair of the world’s thinnest reading glasses on the back of your smartphone is the pinnacle of Always With You convenience.

2. You’re over 40

Your eyes have been working hard your whole life, and much like your knees (or shoulders or back!), they’re just not what they used to be, and that’s okay! A totally normal aging process of your eyes called presbyopia begins to develop in your early 40s and it’s easily addressed with, you guessed it, reading glasses!

3. Your eyes feel tired

We’re not talking about just-woke-up or need-to-go-to-bed tired; we’re talking about all day tired. Your eyes are working even harder than normal, so they’re getting tired more easily. If most of your day is spent in front of a computer screen, then you might want to give our Blue Light Blocking Glasses a whirl.

4. Blurry vision

One of the main symptoms of presbyopia is a loss of elasticity in the lens of your eye, resulting in the inability to focus light as efficiently, causing blurred vision. Reading glasses address the loss of elasticity in your lens by providing the necessary magnification to see objects at familiar distances. Customers love our Full Frame Reading Glasses for those longer reads.

5. You’re squinting more often

If you’re having trouble focusing on something, a natural reaction is to squint. And while squinting in and of itself is not harmful to your eyes, it could be an indication of a refractive error. These can be addressed in several ways, but the quickest and easiest way is to get a pair of reading glasses. Typically, we see people squinting at their phones, which is why our Readers + Universal Pod is such a popular item – it effortlessly adheres to any non-porous, hard & flat surface, like your smartphone, tablet, laptop computer or even your remote control!

6. You’re holding reading materials further away

Normal reading distance for healthy vision is about 1 foot (0.3m), while anything over 14 inches (0.35m) means you might have a vision problem that should be addressed with reading glasses. If you’re unsure what strength reading glasses you might need, The Clarity Kit lets you test varying strengths of readers in the comfort of your own home to find the right strength reading glasses for your eyes.

7. You’re experiencing more frequent headaches and eye strain

Knowing that the only organ more complex than your eyes is your brain should make you want to figure out what’s going on with any persistent headaches. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as a pair of blue light blocking glasses.

If you’re finding that your headaches are accompanied by eye strain, remember the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If your headaches persist, you should visit your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam, and don’t be surprised if your doctor recommends reading glasses!


For us, it’s not a question of if we need reading glasses. It’s actually not even a question of when we need reading glasses – instead, we’re focused on how we need reading glasses.

Because once you’re a wearer of reading glasses, you’ll realize how important they are to almost everything that you do.

We engineered our reading glasses to be thin enough to seamlessly integrate with daily essentials like your smartphone, wallet or keys; and durable enough to withstand your highly mobile lifestyle.

Our Vision Solutions solve the problem of how you need your reading glasses by being Always With You.

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