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We Found 15 Pairs of Doctor-Approved Reading Glasses That You Can Shop Online

Prevention Logo By Jake Smith of Prevention | Slide 1 of 17: We updated this article in June 2022 to add more information about each featured product, based on extensive research done by our team.At a certain age, most of us will need to wear reading glasses, even if we’ve never worn prescription frames before. In fact, according to the Vision Council, as many as 28 million Americans wear over-the-counter reading glasses—it’s just part of life for many. That's why finding the best pair of reading glasses is so crucial. So, what are reading glasses? Reading glasses are magnifiers, meaning they help people see things (most often text) up close, says Tal Raviv, M.D., founder and medical director of Eye Center of New York. Although they’re available in both over-the-counter and prescription forms, they’re often used by people who haven’t previously needed eyeglasses. Around age 40 or 50, he explains, an age-related condition called presbyopia begins to affect many of us, preventing our natural lenses from focusing up close. Your presbyopia will most likely continue to worsen until around age 65, when it begins to plateau, per Mayo Clinic.There are an “infinite number” of ways to get your hands on readers, which usually range from +1 to +2.75 magnification, Dr. Raviv says. So while the good news is that reading glasses are available practically everywhere, from the convenience store to Amazon, the bad news, unfortunately, is that finding the right pair can feel like a herculean task. While there are so many options, we did all the leg work to help you be sure you’re picking the frames and prescriptions that are right for you.Ready to pick out the best pair of reading glasses? Read on to find our top picks, which start at just over $5 per pair.How we chose the best reading glassesWe consulted experts Dr. Raviv, referenced The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), conducted our own research, and sifted through hundreds of online reviews to find the best reading glasses available. Our top picks

We updated this article in June 2022 to add more information about each featured product, based on extensive research done by our team.

At a certain age, most of us will need to wear reading glasses, even if we’ve never worn prescription frames before. In fact, according to the Vision Council, as many as 28 million Americans wear over-the-counter reading glasses—it’s just part of life for many. That's why finding the best pair of reading glasses is so crucial.

So, what are reading glasses? Reading glasses are magnifiers, meaning they help people see things (most often text) up close, says Tal Raviv, M.D., founder and medical director of Eye Center of New York. Although they’re available in both over-the-counter and prescription forms, they’re often used by people who haven’t previously needed eyeglasses. Around age 40 or 50, he explains, an age-related condition called presbyopia begins to affect many of us, preventing our natural lenses from focusing up close. Your presbyopia will most likely continue to worsen until around age 65, when it begins to plateau, per Mayo Clinic.

There are an “infinite number” of ways to get your hands on readers, which usually range from +1 to +2.75 magnification, Dr. Raviv says. So while the good news is that reading glasses are available practically everywhere, from the convenience store to Amazon, the bad news, unfortunately, is that finding the right pair can feel like a herculean task. While there are so many options, we did all the leg work to help you be sure you’re picking the frames and prescriptions that are right for you.

Ready to pick out the best pair of reading glasses? Read on to find our top picks, which start at just over $5 per pair.

How we chose the best reading glasses

We consulted experts Dr. Raviv, referenced The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), conducted our own research, and sifted through hundreds of online reviews to find the best reading glasses available.

Our top picks

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