Why ready reading glasses?

As life goes on you might come to realise that it gets harder to read at the same distance you have long been accustomed to. This can come clear with an urge to move books closer or further away, or to move them around while you read, and it can be distressing for a lot of people when they first notice it. However, you shouldn’t be alarmed if you find this happening. Muscles around the eyes, like all other muscles in the body, become slower as we age, and this often leads to people requiring some level of glasses for reading. Ready readers first appeared in Britain in 1989, for general use, allowing older people who had never had prescription glasses or expensive specialised frames cut to read with ease.

Can ready reading glasses be individualised? 

While early models featured stark, ‘spartan’ design and a uniform approach that users had to hope matched up to their particular optical needs, this has now drastically changed. Professional advice is rules that you should talk to your optician before getting a pair of reading glasses, and doing so will allow them to recommend the best option for you, from a professional perspective. However, once you know the lenses you need, it can be worth considering what look you want to achieve while wearing your glasses. There are now many options offered across different colours, shapes and sizes of frames, which can revitalise your look when you wear them. If you really desire a red pair of reading glasses, then rest assured you will be able to find some with little difficulty, either in-store with your local optician, elsewhere on the high street, or online.

How often am I likely to wear reading glasses? 

The natural condition of the eyes becoming less sharp and able to read at short distances is called presbyopia, and it is expected to affect two billion people by 2020. It is possible that you will not use your reading glasses much at all, in which case you might be looking for a heavier-set, smart pair which you will be aware of while you wear them, so you won’t lose them. Alternatively, if you think you will wear them more often, it can be a sound decision to choose a light pair which will not distract or irritate you with their weight, or how they sit on your face. There are a huge range of reading glasses frames available, from opticians such as Boots, and more specialist retailers, many of which will come in shades of red.

What do red reading glasses go well with?

When reading glasses were first introduced, they came in a very limited range of frames. In more recent years they have been designed in a wider range of styles, and colours, including many shades of red. One thing to be aware of if you choose to buy a dramatic red pair of glasses is that they may clash with your clothing, especially if you are wearing light greens or blues. While it can be easy to miss this detail, if you do not think about it, it is possible someone around you will notice and remark on it. But, at the end of the day, your glasses are there to be practical, as well as stylish, and red goes well with a surprising array of colours: black, white, yellow, dark blues and greens, pinks, purples and orange, along with variations of this diverse vista.

When is the best time to look for red reading glasses? 

There aren’t any particular seasons where red reading glasses come into higher demand, although interest has a tendency to spike in July and October. If you plan to have multiple pairs of reading glasses and don’t feel you want to wear red glasses throughout the year, it can be worth buying a red pair to wear during the autumn months, when they will create a pleasant counterpoint with the falling leaves.

Wearing red-framed reading glasses during winter, when they can be both topical for Christmas, and pleasantly cheerful through the cold winter months. Some sellers may even release red frames just in time for Christmas, to get their customers into the festive spirit, so consider purchasing a pair as a gift. If you have a close family member who needs reading glasses, and whom you know prefers practical gifts over extravagance, this can be a thoughtful present that shows how much you respect how they think, and understand what they want.

Can readers have a negative effect on my eyes? 

Many people find that when they first put on reading glasses it feels as if their eyes are under increased strain, causing them to worry that their eyes are deteriorating faster than before. This can cause a lot of stress, but the good news is that reading glasses will not damage your eyesight.

It is possible that you will find one eye strains more than the other, or one eye seems to settle fine, while the other is still straining, even after a couple of weeks. In this case it is best to stop wearing them until you can see your optician, as you most likely have different levels of weakness in different eyes and may need a prescription pair of glasses instead.

If you do encounter a low level of strain from your reading glasses, be certain to keep visiting your optician regularly, to ensure you have an accurate idea of how the situation with your eyes is progressing, and what is professionally recommended. Over time, it is possible you will find your recommended strength of reading glasses will increase. Do not be alarmed by this, as it is normal for this to happen to eyes over time with age. The most important thing is to ensure that you take good care of your eyes and do not let them become over-tired. Many people argue that doing simple things, such as carefully massaging the eyes for a minute every day, can have strong positive effects, when done correctly. However, as everyone is different, the effects of such actions will vary.

What should readers not be worn for? 

Once you have found the pair of red reading glasses you want it can be tempting not to take them off, especially since they will not damage your eyesight, and will look stylish and in season at all times. However, it is worth reiterating that these glasses are designed for reading; magnifying objects a set distance away, for example where a book would usually be held. They are not, therefore, designed to improve your vision of faraway objects or to help you drive. While they will not damage your eyesight, if you become accustomed to looking at far away objects through them you will find that when you have your glasses off you have a less clear idea of where everything is, which can potentially pose a safety risk.

Driving is one activity that you are most strongly not encouraged to wear reading glasses for. If you have a prescription for driving glasses, separate to your need for reading glasses, then it is obviously correct to use those to drive with.

However, if your long-distance vision is fine for driving, and you choose to drive with reading glasses on, be aware that they will not actually help you to accurately perceive the distance of any objects further away than the dashboard. In fact, reading glasses can pose a serious danger on the road, as if you become accustomed to driving with them on, and then drive without them at one point, you will find the focus of your field-of-vision has changed, and be at an increased risk of a traffic accident due to this uncertainty.

Can I use my readers for the computer? 

Reading glasses are safe to use at the computer, and indeed excess time spent looking at screens can be a factor in getting presbyopia early in life, so it would make sense to say that you should use them for the computer. However, the fact remains that reading glasses are primarily for reading, and that screens have a different effect on the eyes and brains to words on a static, non-backlit page. The wise move, therefore, is not to use the glasses at the computer for text you find hard to read, but to instead resize text on the computer using the zoom functions. If you are not certain how to resize text on your device, you should be able to find the information in the manual or from an online guide.

Why would red reading glasses suit me? 

Red reading glasses obviously come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. But a clear advantage of red is that it is a warm colour, with implications of romance and passion, and is the colour of good fortune in China. All this means that if you wear red reading glasses that match your face, they are likely to make you seem warm and not intimidating. They will effectively let you blend into whatever room you are in at a given moment. The small change to your appearance, which warm colours will bring, can pay surprising dividends in daily life by making you seem just a little more approachable and positive – often in such a subtle way that the people approaching you will not notice it is the cause. These small edges can make all the difference, both in professional settings, as well as in more personal interactions.

What shape should I choose for my red reading glasses? 

Glasses come in many shapes, all of which, when worn, can alter the way people perceive the shape of your face. For example, if you choose to buy wide glasses, which curve out beyond the lines of your forehead, you may find that the width of the glasses softens the lines of your face. If you have a neutral, oval-shaped face you may find that these designs are not the look you want. On the other hand, this type of wide-framed glasses work wonders for a more heart-shaped face. If you have a heart-shaped face it means your cheekbones come down quite sharply to a pointed chin, and wide-lensed glasses can refocus the eyes to accentuate the natural grace of this shape, while still softening the edges of your face.

If, on the other hand your face shape can be described as more rounded, you might think it best to go for a rounded pair of glasses to create a sense of unity. However, a more striking look for a round face can be achieved by instead wearing a more dramatic pair of wider, angular glasses which are tilted upwards at the hinges. This will draw attention to your cheekbones and make your face seem more contrasted. If you do not want to wear upswept glasses because they feel quite “out there” simple rectangular glasses, ideally with bold frames, will do the same job of redefining your face shape when you have your glasses on.

If your face is quite square, it can often feel hard to make glasses feel correctly proportionate on your face, as they can feel off-centre in an attractively symmetrical face. However, rounded or oval glasses with simple, minimalist frames can be an excellent solution to this dilemma. This contrast to your straighter, squarer natural features, will really highlight your angular symmetry.

However, if your face is more rectangular, rounded frames will not work quite so well. It can be hard to see whether your face feels square or rectangular, and can depend on hair as much as facial features. If you don’t feel that your face fits rounded glasses, consider square frames with distinct frames, as these will balance a rectangular face nicely.

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