What Do You Look for in Reading Glasses?

Reading glasses for many generations

What Do You Look for in Reading Glasses?

Quote of the day: “We celebrate success, but I think we should also just celebrate giving it a go.” Phil Keoghan

If you’ve hit a certain age, then you’re probably wearing some kind of reading glasses now. Considering that I’ve been wearing some sort of glasses since 4th grade, this certainly didn’t bother me to have to get progressive lenses. But I know many of my friends had quite an issue with the fact.

But it is what it is, right? I was first contacted by Readers.com last year to work with their company, but I declined. Because both my mom and I have progressive glasses, and I didn’t think Nancy wore readers, so I figured it wouldn’t be honest for me to talk about them.

However, then came the evening that I decided to wear my contacts since we were going to a fashion show. What I didn’t think about when I put in my contacts was that I wasn’t going to be able to read any print since my contacts weren’t progressive. Man, did I wish for some readers that evening.

And then not long after that, we were sitting with Nancy going over some paperwork regarding her new house, and lo and behold, she pulled out some reading glasses.

So when Readers.com emailed me again recently, I thought it could be great for us and the readers of my blog alike. On top of that, the company is offering a fabulous discount of 40% off one item or anything on their site (value under $59.95 or less) with the code TouchofStyle40.

Signature Reading Glasses

Readers.com just recently launched a signature collection of reading glasses. When I asked the representative what the distinction was with the signature line she said the biggest difference is the optical difference. This line is made with optical quality acetate frames and acrylic aspheric lenses and stainless steel metals with silicone nose pads. Since I haven’t had a pair before, that meant nothing to me.

Until I received both Nancy’s and my glasses in the mail. Nancy chose a normal pair of full frame reading glasses. And my pair were definitely more substantial. I suppose that could be better if you find yourself breaking your reading glasses often.

Reading glasses for women over 50

To give you a little insight of why I chose these frames, I wanted a pair that weren’t quite as obvious. I figured I’d be wearing these when I have on my contacts which is usually for fancier times. Therefore I found a pair that were clear in the front, and basically the color of my hair on the sides. Not that they are totally invisible, but they don’t stand out like my bright pink glasses.

Reading glasses for women 50+

You can also see me sporting them on Instagram in this post.

Glasses: Versailles  in the Signature Collection c/o Readers.com

Normal Reading Glasses

Readers.com have so many options for reading glasses. They aren’t any more expensive than the ones I just saw at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I did ask my contact, why someone would want to order these glasses online, when there are so many available at the stores. The answer was surprising. She stated that Readers.com  has over 600 different styles, and hard to find powers. If you only need a lower power for your reading glasses, then you can certainly find a match at the drugstore. However, Readers.com has some glasses with powers up to +7.00.

reading glasses for women over 60

Another advantage to Readers.com is they have specialized reading glasses like sunnies, computer glasses and bifocals. You can also look for reading glasses with a particular shape, color or even frame size. That’s a great way to make sure they will look good on you.

reading glasses for women 60+

The only disadvantage I encountered with Readers.com was that we were not sent a case or carrier for our glasses. Since I’ve never purchased any reading glasses at the store, I wasn’t sure if this was normal. But considering that I needed to carry them in my purse, I ended up using another case from a different pair of regular glasses.

FYI….to illustrate how great their customer service is, after the company read the above remark, they emailed me to tell me they were sending me a couple of cases. I thought that was incredible.

Glasses: The Dory c/o Readers.com

Reading glasses for women 60+

Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know!

This is a sponsored post from Readers.com, and Nancy and I were gifted these glasses. The company is offering a fabulous discount of 40% off one item or anything on their site (value under $59.95 or less) with the code TouchofStyle40.


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  • I love the glasses you and Nancy chose. I wear contact lenses every day, although I do have glasses which I got online. There’s so much more choice online.Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • There really are some great selections online!!!
      Thanks Emma!!

  • What a lovely and informative read you got here. Cute glasses you got there ladies!

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  • What a fascinating and informative post. Have an amazing day!
    Lesley Kim

  • I haven’t had to get glasses yet, but I am welcoming the day as I would love to accessorize with them! I love your frames Jodie, they are fabulous!

    xx, Elise

    • Thanks Elise!!
      I do think of my glasses as a great accessory!! Besides it hides the bags under my eyes!!!

  • Love the new readers on BOTH of you – good choices. It’s WONDERFUL to know that Readers.com stocks magnifications beyond 3+ — the highest I’ve ever seen in any store or on most online sites, Jodi (and since they seldom stock many in higher strengths, they’re always the first to sell out).

    I’m definitely checking out Readers.com – and that’s where I’ll no doubt get my next pair. THANKS!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
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    • I really was impressed with their selection, Madelyn!
      I can’t wait to hear which pair you get—-(my guess is black..ha ha)!!

  • Back in the day, I always find using sunglasses boring. Nerdy glasses are quite a hit at the moment. I am definitely visiting Readers.com.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • It’s almost like another fun accessory, right, Katya??

  • Julie

    I’ve just started wearing glasses MOST of the time in the last 2-3 years. It’s pretty hard to get used to, until you can’t see without them, LOL! I have progressive lens, and it took me a bit to get used to them. However, I think they work well. Due to my vision situation, contacts aren’t really an option. I have a pair of readers, but I just wear my progressive lens most of the time. This was a great post!!

    • It does take time getting used to our new glasses, doesn’t it Julie??
      I do love my progressive lenses!!!

  • Stevie Turner

    I’ve worn glasses since I was 17. Just wondered what ‘progressive’ glasses mean? Is it what we call Varifocals here in the UK? Glasses with three different distances – top for far away, middle for computer, and bottom for reading?

    • I know my definition of progressives is that there are two different focal points (for far and reading), but there isn’t a line between the two. The one prescription “progresses” into the other one so you can’t tell from looking at them….

      • Stevie Turner

        Same as our varifocals. I have 3 focal points in my glasses as I do a lot of computer work.

  • Fiona Blundell

    I found this SO useful. Being a 50+ who is more and more often in my glasses I need several pairs for different occasions. Your simple advice, lovely pictures and great links will be very very useful. Thanks so much

    • Well, that’s fabulous Fiona!!! I’m glad I could help!!
      It’s nice to find options for us and make it convenient too!!!
      Enjoy your Monday!!

  • Thanks for all this info – I had no idea one could get readers above 4.0! and you look fab in your new pair, very modern/cool. xox


    • I know, Patti….me too!! But how nice to know what great options are out there!!

  • fashionistha

    I love the glasses you wearing more. Nice post Jodie!

  • Maggie

    This is a very timely post for me, Jodie! I just switched to contact lenses, and have already been having fun buying different sunglasses, but need to wear readers of different strengths — one for close up (books) and another for the computer. I also need clear lenses with no magnification for driving and was thrilled to see that Readers.com has a great variety. Thanks for introducing me to this site!

    • Well, that is perfect timing Maggie!!! It’s like it was meant to be, especially when you can also get a discount!!!
      Have fun shopping–I think the hardest part was choosing from all of the great options!!!

  • Amy-Anne Williams

    These glasses are gorgeous. I currently have glasses that match the slight ginger of my hair, but as I plan on dying it back to blonde at some point, I think I’m going to have to reinvest in some new ones.

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    • I think it’s fabulous to have many different options so they can be more than functional!! I have a couple of different colored progressive glasses that I switch out regularly, and it’s fun!!
      Thanks Amy!

  • Dusana Bozenkova

    Lovely review and great glasses. It’s nice to see they have different styles.
    Have a wonderful week.


  • Amy K

    Such a great post! And I’m due for some new readers! By the way I love the ones you selected! And I checked out their site, a lot more there than just glasses! Very cool!

    • Isn’t it a great site, Amy!!
      I love that reading glasses can be stylish now!!

  • Ania Zarzycka

    Wow!! Really amazing glasses <33
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  • I am short sighted and mum is, too. You look lovely in glasses! Kisses

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    • Thanks so much Vale!!
      It’s so wonderful that they make stylish options now!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Those readers are very flattering and fun on you Jodie! I love the two tone design.

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I’m blind without my readers. I finally used my VSP plan to buy sunglass readers with transitional lenses. Love them. I buy my readers from Joy Mangano on HSN. If they break, I’m not out much $$. I also have readers with the blue blockers for computer use.

    • And can you tell a difference with the computer ones?? Supposedly my progressives have something that is helpful for that (maybe it is a blue blocker), but I’m not sure I notice a difference???

  • As of today I do not need reading glasses but I have noticed my perfect vision dwindling just a tad. I am super glad they have all these cute glasses you lovely ladies are wearing.

    Life is just Rosie

    • It happens to the best of us, but at least you can still look stylish when it does happen!!!
      Happy weekend!!

  • I really love the shapes that you all have on! I don’t need reading glasses just yet, but I like that they have such a wide variety!

    • Exactly—by the time you need them Laura, maybe there will even be better ways—like getting our eyes to heal and not need them at all!!! Wouldn’t that be cool??
      Have a great weekend!!!

  • Oh they are both lovely glasses, and nice of the company to send you cases when you said you would have liked them. I have glasses for reading and working on the computer – with all that computer work over the years (I work in IT!) they are a necessity! Both my parents need glasses all the time now so I figure I’ll eventually need that too, but for now it’s just for reading and screentime!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! After a crazy week I’m hoping to do a little bit more for Christmas, getting those last few gifts and doing some more wrapping!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Wasn’t that so nice of the company, Mica!! I really was quite floored!!
      I have a pretty tame weekend planned, but something always comes up, LOL!!
      Have a great weekend!!!

  • Such great styles here! I love the clear reading glasses! Super chic!
    Xx Caroline

  • donnanance

    The glasses you and Nancy have chosen are very flattering. I used to hate to wear glasses (since I was ten) and wore contacts until environmental allergies stopped that. Jodie, you always wear interesting frames, like an accessory instead of a necessity. Enjoy your weekend! xoxo

    • That’s exactly what happened to me, Donna!! I loved my contacts until I came out here to Denver, and then I had problems galore!! Thank golly there are fun and interesting glasses nowadays!!!
      Have a great weekend!!!

  • sue

    Hi Jodie, I love the styles you have all chosen. I wear bi-focals as I only need the glasses for reading and close work. I actually have cataracts starting so need to decide what to do before my next optometrist appoint. I’ve never been comfortable to try contacts as I hate anything in my eye but I would also never have thought about having a reading pair of glasses as well. Will be sharing this post on my ST60 & Beyond FB page some great info here and as always you ladies look gorgeous. xx

    • Thanks so much for sharing this Sue!!
      I started wearing contacts in high school just so I wouldn’t have to be the girl with glasses at that awkward stage—eeek! But once I moved out to Colorado where it’s so dry and arid, I’ve had such issues with my contacts. I’m sure if you really wanted them, you’d be fine with them….but good luck deciding what to do!!!

  • Hi Jodie, I’ve worn glasses for shortsightedness since I was about 9 or 10; and although I’ve flirted with contacts in the past, I have always gone back to glasses. Your point about needing reading glasses with contacts made me smile, because the same thing has happened to me when I’ve tried to read something close up! I’m thinking about contacts, worn with reading glasses to use with them at work. Thank you for giving me food for thought – and you all wear your glasses with style!

    • Thanks for joining in on the discussion Jacqui!!
      It’s funny how everything evolves, right? First we want contacts to get away from glasses, but then we still need glasses to read!! You just have to laugh at some point!!!
      Have a fabulous weekend!!

  • Oh my gosh! I lose these glasses all the time so I end up buying them from the Dollar Tree (I’ll pause while everyone gasps) or Steinmart.

    I usually look for something funky….an unusual color or print. I rarely wear my contacts anymore but I should invest in a quality pair of readers (we call ’em cheaters…I don’t know why).

    I’ll have to check our the Readers.com site…thanks for the tip!

    • I know exactly what you mean, because that’s what my mom always did too. Which is why I asked my contact, why I’d even think about using Readers.com?? But I can see there is definitely more selection if you are looking for something in particular. And then I saw some at B,B & B, and they were even more expensive….so I guess it’s a great deal!!
      Have a fabulous weekend!!

  • These are such stylish glasses! I wear contacts during the day and glasses at night. I definitely need to update my pair.
    Jeans and a Teacup

    • I don’t think it was until I resigned myself that some people were going to see me in glasses, that I finally found some fun and interesting pairs to wear!! Besides—they cover the bags under my eyes, so it’s not all bad, LOL!!
      Have a great weekend!!

  • These are all wonderful readers! I have a pair of Warby Parker’s but I need to consider this line when I need new ones!


    • It’s nice to know there are great ones out there, Kathrine!!!
      Have a great weekend!!

  • you both look so cute in your glasses!


  • Robert Filogomo

    Love the look. glasses are so cool now 🙂

    • Especially since we all have to wear them!! Even you!!!

  • This is so timely Jodie! I’ve been looking to upgrade my readers. I have just the cheapy drugstore glasses which is ridiculous since I wear them a lot! I’ve been looking for cuter ones too since glasses can really age someone. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • It’s funny how these become a necessity now, right, Julia!!!
      And there are some fabulous styles on this site—-which is a good thing!!
      And I was very surprised that they would offer 40% off—how generous and perfect for a discount!!!
      Have a great weekend!

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    I love fun and kind of funky reading glasses. I figure if I’m old enough to not be able to read clearly, I might as well have fun with it. I also have to have several pair because, with my memory going, I can’t ever remember where I laid them down last lol.
    Bev xx

    • Exactly, Bev—–we might as well have fun with our “accessories” and these can be the bling we need!!!!
      Have a great weekend!

  • Love the frames! Especially your clear ones – so chic


  • Laura

    Those reading glasses are really cute! I love the different colors and frames. They aren’t at all like the typical black or brown ones you see in stores!

    • Your exactly right Laura!! I mean, if you’re going to have to wear them, they might as well be fun!!
      Have a great weekend!!

  • Those are definitely ‘not your Grandma’s readers’. They are the most fashionable readers I have ever seen! Cute, cute, cute!!!

    • And that’s a good thing!!!
      Have a great weekend, Darlene!

  • I started wearing glasses full time earlier this year so I need a specific prescription (one of my eye’s is WAY worse than the other!) so readers aren’t any good for me. But I do have friends that use them. I’ll have to tell them about Readers! Love the ones you chose!
    Suzy xx

    • That’s exactly why I thought I’d never wear readers either, Suzy! I have prescriptions and almost always wear those. But now that I don’t mind wearing my contacts occasionally—I found I better have a pair!!
      Thanks for helping spread the word—I appreciate it!

  • I have worn glasses for 50 years. So I guess you can say I’ve had “readers” forever! To me glasses are part of my accessories. I dont count how many I have! BTW-My second stripe shirt arrived yesterday and now I can say both are a true success. Thanks Ms. Personal Shopper. I encourage others to let you help!-Laurel

    • That’s how I feel too Laurel—they are a great accessory!!! (And they hide the bags under my eyes…ha ha)
      I love that you love both striped shirts!!! And of course, you’re going to have fun print mixing with them!! You’ll have to send me a photo to show me!!!

  • Karen

    First of all, I love that plaid coat/jacket!! And where did you find the leopard gloves???? The quote today is one I’m keeping – it is so perfect!! I wear readers because I also wear contacts. I don’t need progressive readers since I have progressive contacts (talk about an adjustment!). But I do have lots of readers, a pair in almost every room of the house and some at work. I mainly look for style and sometimes for fun patterns and colors. I also have the sun readers which are great when I’m outside in the (oh-how-I-miss-it) summer, reading a book. Yours and Nancy’s are very stylish and I’m going to check out this site. I’m one of the ones who is pretty hard on the readers, so I try to remember that when I’m shopping for them, i.e., not too costly!

    • That plaid coat was made by my mom—-isn’t it amazing?? It’s one of those super, thick and totally warm ones that I don’t need often, but when I do..
      And the leopard gloves were part of a certificate I won from Unique Vintage!!
      Now I have a question for you. If you have progressive contacts, do you still need the reader glasses?? I would think that would fix that???
      And I’ve heard that same comment about being hard on the readers from others.I wonder if the Signature Version would be better because they are really like my normal glasses (not flimsey and plastic)? In fact this pair of my readers actually seems sturdier than my purple progressive pair of glasses. But then again, if you have them all over, you don’t need to worry about that!! But 40% off was a generous offer, I thought….
      Have a fabulous weekend, Karen!!

      • Karen

        The contacts sure didn’t fix the problem in my case!! I need readers. I had a bad experience when I got these contacts and I’m not sure they made them right. I can see, but next year I’ll get new ones (from a new doctor) and see how that works. I can see my computer at work and see in general, but close up reading requires some help! Just like with the progressive lenses in my glasses, they are okay for some things, but when I’m wearing my glasses, I always have to take them off to read and I do have progressive lenses. Must be me Jodie!! : )

        • I doubt it’s just you, but it’ll be interesting to see if the next pair are any better!!!

  • I don t need reading glasses yet! And I also want to know about the gloves!😂😂😂

    • You are so lucky in that respect Nancy about not needing glasses!!!
      The leopard gloves are from Unique Vintage…I won a gift card this summer, and this was one of the items I chose!!
      Have a great weekend!!

  • I really like your new glasses. They both looks so stylish!
    Have a lovely weekend,

    Gemma x

  • Bernadette Laganella

    I also wear readers over contacts when I am dressed to go out for the evening but with the great discount they are offering, I will hop over there to find out what they have to offer. Now the big question is – where did you get those very cool animal print gloves?????

    • Well, I’m glad I’m not the only one, Bernadette!! It definitely was a new experience to me to keep having to pull them out to read anything. But I’m sure I’ll get used to it!!
      The gloves were from Unique Vintage from winning a gift card this summer. I don’t see them on their site anymore, but aren’t they fun??

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    Those are much more stylish than the drug store readers I have seen. And I know what you mean about contacts – I usually only wear mine for dressy occasions. You both look great – per usual.

    • Thanks so much Cathy!!
      I was quite surprised at how many varieties this site had for reader glasses!! You could have a pair that matches everything…ha ha!!!
      Have a fabulous weekend,