Reading Glasses Online vs. Prescription Glasses

Reading Glasses Online vs. Prescription Glasses

While your eyes likely have two different prescriptions, over-the-counter or reading glasses online offer the same prescription in both eyes. This means it is up to you to determine your own eye correction needs when it comes to your cheap reading glasses. 

With the SmartBuy Collection, you can get a more accurate prescription to add to your favorite frames. However, this does require a trip to your optometrist. Commonly known as “cheaters”, reading glasses cut out the middleman and allow you quicker access to vision correction. That’s where the SmartBuy Readers Collection comes in. However, note that over-the-counter or reading glasses online are only for minor corrections when it comes to reading small print and shouldn’t be used to replace your every-day prescription glasses. 

Presbyopia (long-sightedness) differs in severity for everyone and as a result, lenses are available for several levels of magnification. Most people fall between +1.00 and +3.00 but even within this range, choosing the wrong magnification level might result in blurred vision and may feel uncomfortable for your eyes.

Therefore, it is important that you choose the appropriate lens type when purchasing your reading glasses online or over-the-counter.

Lens Types

For prescription reading glasses, you can get multifocal or progressive lenses as opposed to the typical single vision cheap reading glasses. If you think you need reading glasses that offer different “ADD powers” in each eye, then you should consider going to your optometrist. They might suggest you look into the following lens types when you go to buy your prescription reading glasses online. 

  • Multifocals: While single-vision lenses will improve your presbyopia symptoms, for those who have more complex vision problems, you may need to consider other types of advanced lenses.
  • Progressive Lenses: Progressive lenses feature a gradient of increasing lens power which the eye naturally adjusts to, meaning that you can seamlessly transition between different prescriptions. This is great if you want just one pair of cheap reading glasses to fix your presbyopia, nearsightedness, farsightedness, or any other visual problems.

Most Popular Reading Sunglasses 

The best value-for-money reading eyeglasses you can buy online would be those from the SmartBuy Readers collection. This exclusive collection was launched in 2018, generally for our customers who are above the age of 40, who could use an extra boost of magnification throughout their daily life. SmartBuy Readers reading glasses are affordable, yet sturdy thanks to their well-thought-out design. Every style comes with ready-made prescription lenses.It is possible to choose from +1.00, +1.50, +2.00, +2.50, +3.00 and +3.50. We have partnered with World Vision for this collection, allowing us to give back to women and children in Zambia.

Follow the easy step instruction to obtain your prescription. You won’t need to visit the optician anymore – you can go directly to to find the perfect pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses. 

Ellen Hollington

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