Shelf readers, or “ready readers,” can be bought from your local pharmacy, Costco, Walmart or other large, consumer-centred stores. It has been rumoured that these buy-it-yourself options are not the same when compared to those prescribed to you by an optometrist. The only trouble you may encounter with the shelf readers is that they can cause headaches, eyestrain, and/or tired eyes if you are not wearing a strength that is suitable for your eyes’ needs.
Professionally made readers or prescription glasses and sunglasses differ in a few important ways. For one, you can ensure a more accurate measurement and precise prescription. You might also secure more sturdy frames because prescription glasses are held to quality standards. You get what you pay for! Quality might come at a cost but is well worth it for the health of your eyes.
On a budget? Many retailers offer eye tests for free with the purchase of frames, and some without even having to purchase the frames. Once you have an idea of what your needs are, ordering online is another easy way to meet them!
According to a select number of optometrists that one reporter from The Daily Telegraph talked to, cheap lenses are comparable to prescription lenses. The cheaper options pose “no danger” to the eyes with prolonged use. It is still important to note that these lenses only work if you have the correct prescription, and using the wrong strength on your eyes will cause strain.
Here you can find an easy and accessible guide on how to read the prescription from your doctor or the measurements given to you from an eye test. When ordering frames you may depending on the provider, be able to choose between different coatings. Anti-reflective coatings help to eliminate the reflections from the front and back surface of the lens. A scratch-resistant coating helps to prevent the lenses from being damaged by the wear and tear of everyday life. An anti-fog coating helps to prevent your glasses from fogging up when you come in from the cold into a warm shop. Ultraviolet treatment is an invisible coating that blocks UV light in the same way sunscreen protects our skin.
Overall, lenses help to prevent fatigue and reduce the eye strain from day-to-day life. If you are working with technology, specifically something with a screen, your eyes might be more fatigued and you might benefit from computer lenses. If you do a lot of reading/writing, you might want to consider reading glasses to help your eyes adjust to the words on the page. Working outside? Polarized lenses with a UV400+ blocking coat are a great solution for reducing the direct sunlight, and indirect (glare) light rays, that your eyes are faced with daily.