Are Reading Glasses Hurting My Eyes? What You Need To Know!

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Reading glasses have been a part of my life for what seems like forever! I have always had perfect vision until about 10 years ago from aging. From what I have read turning 40 is when things change and the fuzzy progression begins as we age.

According to what I have read, through no fault of my own, everyone over the age of 40 has this issue. A clouding over your eyes lens called presbyopia – farsightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age.

Slowly but surely things became more and more difficult to make out. So, of course, I ran to my local drugstore and picked up some inexpensive readers. Once I even picked up a pair at a local dollar store. I had them laying all over. Not being used to wearing glasses I would leave them behind so I had stashes of them everywhere. Office, car, home (3 spots in the house for my convenience).

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Slowly but surely, I had to go up in strength. I was fighting it every step of the way but still buying multiple pairs. One little trick is to adjust your computer’s zoom to 125%!

I would pick up multiple packs of readers at department stores. They were so cheap! 3 in a pack for 9.99. But was it worth it? I noticed with different brands came a different experience.

From lenses that easily scratched, or I could not see that well, frames that snapped, to sizes that never quite fit right or seemed to be small enough to fit a child’s head. You really did not have the option to try them and it was a crapshoot once you walked out the door!

Then Came the Headaches


After I started to blog, I noticed that I was on the computer way longer than I was when I was working. There were nights where I would be up until 2 AM writing or reading other blogs. Just dealing with the business side of blogging and being new at it kept me on the computer often late into the night. I would have irritation before when I was working. See here how leaving my job was the best thing for my health! But nothing like these headaches happened at work. The eye strain was terrible!

You see there is a big difference in the reading glasses that are on the market today. I started to notice the headaches and achy eyes from late nights working on the computer. Dread is the word I would use when putting on my glasses, knowing that it would not be long before a headache would set in.

Then I Got An Email…. had sent me an email offering me some glasses as a sample, and if I liked them, they would give my followers a discount! The discount code will be at the end of the article for you!

Sure, I would try them. They told me to go to the website and check out what they had to offer. I chose 7 different pairs. I tried to order a wide variety to try out the different types of glasses.

If I was going to write about this, I wanted to know about every type of glasses offered. I wanted to make sure the quality was there for my followers.

I Had No Idea You Could Get So Many Different Types of Reading Glasses!

It was shocking. I had never done research on reading glasses. They have bifocals? Transitions? They block blue light? Reading glasses specifically for computer work? It seemed too good to be true because I had no idea any of these options even existed!

As I had promised I sent over an order for my 7 pairs. I won’t list them all here. But I will tell you my favorites later. Within days a small box arrived with all 7 pairs of reading glasses. I am actually pretty excited to try them all out!

After receiving the box, and I try the bifocal. Not something I could ever get from the “fashion” brands at the big-box discount stores. After putting them on, it was a little trippy at first. I thought for sure these would be my favorite. They will work for a lot of people. But for me, they were not good because now, 10 years later, I needed the readers also to be able to see further. Like traffic and road signs! I need the fully magnified lens!

On to the next ones. I put all the bifocals back in the box and pull out the others. I am trying several pairs throughout the day. Now mind you, I ordered the same strength I was already using. The ones from were much clearer, though. I double-checked. Yes, they were the same strength, yet I could see much better.

The Versailles

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The Versailles

After a couple of days, I realized, no more headaches! You see, I had no idea it was from my reading glasses, mind you. I thought it was the long hours. So here I am at 11:50 PM and my eyes feel the same as when I woke up. I have NO HEADACHE! Once a week, I probably read 40 blogs in a day. NO HEADACHE! Wow! I am so thrilled! These must be my computer glasses! Nope, just good quality readers. Check out The Amos

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The Amos

Every Friday I have lunch with my friend, Alex. I meet her and I am running a few minutes seriously late and I ran up to the table outside where we sit. She asks, “Are your reading glasses tinted? Those are really cute!” I just shook my head no and looked at her like she was crazy. She said, “Those are tinted. I don’t know what to tell you.”

You see, I always wear my Gucci polarized sunglasses or my Costa Sunglasses. Always! I have really light blue eyes and walking outside in the sun without them kills my eyes. Living in Florida, I have to have high-quality sun protection to drive. Well, I guess I never noticed when I ran out the door that I still had the readers on and forgot to put on my sunglasses because well basically I did not need them. These must be the Photochromic reading glasses! I had completely forgotten and never even noticed I did not need my sunglasses. Check out The Amos” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)”>AmosThe Cerise

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The Cerise

Then there are these little gems. One thing that readers usually do is the earpiece presses into the side of my head. Actually, I have an indentation on the sides of my head, behind my ear, from wearing readers for so many years. Or if they are a heavier pair, they slide down my nose from the weight. So I love these! They are so lightweight and flexible, and it does not even feel like I am wearing anything!

Honestly, I do not get headaches with any of the readers I ordered from The best part, they are 100% guaranteed to make you happy. They have measurements, so you get the perfect fit. Free shipping on orders over $30.00!

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88 responses to “Are Reading Glasses Hurting My Eyes? What You Need To Know!”

  1. Suz | Avatar
    Suz |

    Whoa! I had no idea there were all these types of reading glasses! Thanks for the 411.
    My mom had magnifying glasses stashed in every side table in her house – I guess in lieu of reading glasses.
    I’m excited that, when I had my cataracts removed, they fixed me up with monovision – so one eye is for near, and one is for distance. Love it!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      That is funny. I have both the magnifying glass AND reading glasses.

  2. kmf Avatar

    Such an important post as reading glasses are not created equal. Some were giving me headaches and hurting my eyes. I love Especially love their reading sunglasses and blue light reading glasses.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Yes! I can not wait to try the blue light glasses too!

  3. Kendra Avatar

    Thanks for sharing this great info about reading glasses. My hubby gets the super cheap ones all the time because he loses them and breaks them constantly. I’ll share this with him.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I am the same way! I think everyone over 50 is! Lol

  4. Kristen W Allred Avatar
    Kristen W Allred

    I’m starting to use reading glasses sometimes so I enjoyed this article. I will keep this in mind as an option for reading glasses should I start to get headaches!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I am so glad to hear! Happy reading!

  5. lisa manderino Avatar
    lisa manderino

    Those are super cute glasses. It is crazy because my vision was pretty bad when I was young -2.00 then in my 20’s it improved to -.75. Now when I get older it is going to get bad again!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Such is life! I have heard of people’s vision getting better. I just don’t understand how that works!

  6. Marianne Avatar

    Very interesting! The year I turned 40, my eyes did a complete shift, and I kept thinking my it was my reading glasses! I went from needing reading glasses (since I was 16), to now needing distance glasses (and have perfect up-close sight). Ugh! The time it took for my eyes to shift was awful! No glasses worked… I couldn’t see across the street… and I would get a pounding headache trying to decorate a cake that had fine details! Thank goodness it has all settled and I only need to wearing glasses for distance.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Wow! That is definitely scary. I wonder why that happened?

  7. Alexis Farmer Avatar
    Alexis Farmer

    I didn’t realize there were so many types of reading glasses! Lots of good info here.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Alexis. The choices are endless!

  8. Beth Shields Avatar
    Beth Shields

    Great read. I use readers all the time – never knew. Appreciate the information.

  9. Cynthia Mackintosh Avatar

    This is a great article because I need new reading glasses. So many choices make it hard to choose. Thank you for the great tips!

  10. T.M. Brown Avatar

    Fascinating article, Trish. I will say that, over the last year, my eyesight has been changing and I do need to get this checked. Thanks for giving me some things to think about.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Well, make sure you get quality! Blogging is hard on the eyes!

  11. Mary Avatar

    Great post! I’m in my mid 40s and have worn glasses for distance my whole life, but I’m thinking I finally need them to read as well. These sound great. I will take a look!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      My best friend just had to do the same thing. She wears contact and then readers for reading.

  12. Amanda Avatar

    I love those styles! Luckily I don’t need glasses but both of my parents use readers so it’s probably in my future.

  13. Kathryn at Avatar

    Ugh, eye strain is the worst! I’ve had glasses/contacts since I was 12, and I can’t wait until I get corrective surgery. I am SO ready to be able to just open my eyes and see. All the same, those glasses options are REALLY nice!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I am glad I found them!

  14. Laura Avatar

    Love this post! Just started wearing glasses! Totally needed to read this! Thanks so much!

  15. Dee Avatar

    Gah! I’m turning 40 this year and I’m dreading the day when I need reading glasses. All of my friends say the same thing, yup as soon as I turned 40 I realized I needed them. The glasses you picked out a really fun!

  16. Kim Avatar

    I’ll have to check them out! My eyes need more than readers but I’m curious what styles they carry.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      They have really strong levels! I was shocked they went that high!

  17. Jennifer Avatar

    This really takes reading glasses to a new level of fashion and versatility. I had no idea there was this top of product available.

  18. Carrie Avatar

    Those are cute and options are key! I’m happy to say I don’t need them yet, thanks to lasik! Soon though!

  19. Nicki Avatar

    Oh my gosh! My husband has readers everywhere! I even find them in the lawn! These are really cute though!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Haha! They slip off your head constantly!

  20. Susan Franklin Avatar

    Great informative post. I wear progressive contacts, but sometimes still need the readers when reading small print (books or papers). I never thought about the quality difference. I’ll have to check them out!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Neither had I! I am glad they contacted me!

  21. Cindy Avatar

    I’ve wondered if my reading glasses were causing headaches. I don’t need them for computer work. Just reading. But I’ve been getting headaches lately if I wear them for very long. Thanks for the info about this company!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Glad I could help Cindy!

  22. Mom Life Optimized Avatar

    I am that turning point right now where I have permanent need for glasses, but when reading my computer screen I could take them off and use readers. Gotta start looking into these for sure.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Great! Let me know how they work Jackie!

  23. Sandi Avatar

    Love the Amos style, super fun. Who knew there we so many variables with readers!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Right? They clearly made it easy to get what you need! No pun intended! lol

  24. Alexandra Avatar

    I love my new glasses from They are great quality and very fashionable! Thank you for the recommendation Tricia!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You are very welcome Alex!

  25. Lisa Avatar

    Such a great article! Never crossed my mind before.

  26. Michele Avatar

    Great read! I had no idea. Definitely sharing with my husband! He has been wearing readers for years!

  27. Cameron Avatar

    This is great, thanks! I am on the cusp of needing reading glasses, so this is super helpful!!!

  28. Angela Greven Avatar

    I love these glasses, they’re such a great option for those of us that have to wear readers all the time! I think my favorites are the Cerise style, thank you! 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I love those too, Angela! Thank you!

  29. Leigh Ann Avatar

    Such a great review! I’ll be back to order!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome, Leigh! All you have to remember is the code TRICIA20!

  30. Jessica Avatar

    This is a great article. So much new information that I didn’t know.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Glad I could help, Jessica!

  31. jen Avatar

    I am dealing with very similar issues with my eyes! It’s actually been a topic of discussion at my house… how much they’ve changed so quickly. Great post! Thanks!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I am glad it was helpful, Jen!

  32. Kayella Avatar

    I’m going to have to tell my mom about this! She is in the same shoes you are in. She had perfect vision for a while, but since she sits at her computer most of the day for her job, her eyes haven’t been the same. I’m sure she’ll be willing to try this if it will give her eyes some relief!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      They are very helpful! Thank you for sharing!

  33. Anna Avatar

    OMG! I always had a problem with headaches. And I always knew that it comes from my glasses. This is so amazing to know that there are glasses our there that help with this issue. Gonna definitely try them out. Thank you

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome, Anna! Let me know how it goes!

  34. Ramae Avatar

    Your article makes me wonder if it is the increased computer time from blogging that is giving me an increase in headaches. I wear regular glasses, but I usually end up taking them off to give me eyes a break. Glad you found something that works for you!

  35. Holly Bird Avatar

    I never really thought about reading glasses causing my headaches, bit I am going to check this out! Thanks!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Let me know how it goes, Holly! I love them!

  36. Junell DuBois Avatar

    Great info for people who wear glasses! My husband and son do. They’re so expensive and I know my husband is miserable if he gets the wrong kind.

  37. Pauline Avatar

    I didn’t realize that the readers you get at the store could actually make things worse.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I don’t think that they made my eyes worse. I am at the same strength. The poor quality caused headaches and eyestrain. I thought it was from the computer but it was definitely the readers.

  38. Jenny Avatar

    Very informative article. My husband uses readers and has them everywhere, but can’t ever find them. I will check this out for him as he is always looking for his readers! And there are lots of fun style choices.

  39. Akiko Avatar

    Tricia – Thanks for this article! I’ll have to bookmark it for that inevitable event in the very near future that I’ll have to give in and get myself a pair of reading glasses!!!

  40. Jolie Starrett Avatar

    I think it’s almost time for me to get reading glasses.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Don’t get caught in a dark restaurant without them! Lol

  41. Karie Avatar

    Haha I started getting headaches too when I started blogging. I guess it’s the hazards of the job. Luckily I don’t have to have readers yet but I’m wearing my glasses for distance more and more as the distance is closing in.

  42. Nikki Schuman Avatar

    Trish – Great article! I have worn glasses my whole life but have noticed that over the last 15 years my vision never changed but in the last 3 years it is getting progressively worse. My husband wears readers and has tons of glasses all over the house, car, my purse, etc. I’ll have him check out this site and see what he thinks

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you, Nikki! Can’t wait to see what he thinks!

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