Friday, February 4, 2011

Readers


So, let’s talk readers. No, not the people. The glasses. It appears I’ve reached the age (with a little help from Lasik) where I need a pair of readers. The strength is fairly low .75 (which also makes them hard to find), but I’m really hoping they’ll help ease the eye strain from working on the computer all day.

Do you use readers? The throwaway kind you can find in any local store, or did you shell out the big bucks for a quality pair? Is there any real diffence?

I’m leaning toward throwaway pairs, so I can get a few of them. I tend to misplace things, and having more than one pair appeals to me. I also tend to break things, and not breaking the bank every time I need a new pair also appeals to me.

The thing that really appeals to me is the funky colors and designs the readers come in. It’s going to be so hard to choose! (I’m leaning toward purple..)



28 comments:

Lorna Barrett said...

Around here they call them cheaters, and I've been cheating for about four years now. I wear 1.25 and have them lying all over the house. No lie! Anywhere I might want to read (and we have a lot of places to plop down and read) I have a pair waiting for me. I estimate I have at least 8 pairs of them here and another 3-4 at our summer cottage. I bought all of them at the Dollar Tree for a buck a piece. That way when (and it's inevitable) I lost them, it's not a great loss.

Lately I've been wondering if I ought to move up to 1.50.

I feel old.

Dru said...

I would go for the cheap pairs and get plenty and stash around the house and in your car and bags.

Sheila Connolly said...

I used to wear contacts, and until I switched to those monovision ones (one eye near, one eye far) I needed reading glasses. Finally it got so ridiculous I just gave up on the contacts. But my sister works for an optometrist, so she could supply them.

Lori's Reading Corner said...

My mom buys them by the dozen at the Flea Market in Florida and has them stashed everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Definitely go for the cheap pairs, this way you can have many (as I have!) and as your "up close" vision worsens (as mine has!) you won't have big $$$ invested in old or replacement ones. ; D

-- Cheryl

holdenj said...

I haven't gone down that road yet, but a co-worker buys the cheapies and keeps one in every room at home. She says there's times she still can't find them!

Aurian said...

I have been wearing glasses myself since the age of 10, for everyday looking. So no reading glasses (yet). But I would go for the cheap ones, that way you can buy a stash of them, in all the colors you want. You could even color co-ordinate them with your clothes / shoes / handbag ...

signlady217 said...

Last fall I went from single vision glasses to trifocals. Yikes! But I got the progressive lenses (no-line) so not too big of an adjustment. I have to wear them basically all the time because I have an astigmatism, am just slightly cross-eyed (you can't tell that just by looking at me, though), can't see far away very well, some night blindness, on the computer several hours a day, and read, sew, quilt and crossstitch a lot. I bought them from zennioptical.com; they have really great prices (just not dollar store prices!) :)

If all you're needing is just "cheaters", I'd go for as many as you can find at the dollar store. And you're right, they do have a bunch of cute, funky ones!

Laineshots said...

Hm. I've worn glasses most of my life for distance, but my up-close vision so much clearer that I keep taking off my bifocals and winging it alone for reading and computer work. Maybe I'll try out a few of those "cheaters" to see if they're what I need for closeup work. Besides, I too just love those great frames! My best friend bought a pair and took them to her optometrist to be used for her prescription lenses.

Anonymous said...

My mom uses them, and I'm pretty sure I need some low-strength ones myself. She was told by two different doctors that the cheapies are just as good as the expensive ones!

Jody said...

I've had to wear glasses for most of my life, but my husband wears reading glasses. His optometrist says just buy the cheap brands. There's plenty of choice!

Heather Webber said...

Lorraine, I like the term cheaters! LOL. I definitely feel like I'm cheating using them.

Dru, I'm definitely leaning that way.

LOL, Lori--I like the way your mom thinks!

That's a very good point, Cheryl. Things are only bound to get worse.

Heather Webber said...

Julia, I have a feeling I'll be that way, too!

Aurian, I started wearing glasses in 6th grade, but had Lasik done a few years ago (love it!). It's going to be strange to wear glasses again.

Hi signlady! I've heard that the trifocals can be hard to get used to. My distance vision is actually 20/15 (thanks to Lasik), so I just need the cheaters. I think the cheap ones might be the way to go!

Laine, if we buy multiple pairs, just think of all the styles we can get! Wheeeee!

Mississippi Mama, that's good to know. I was worried about the quality a bit--since I spend so much time on the computer.

Thank you, Jody! That's just what I was hoping to hear.

Linda Leszczuk said...

I did the multiple cheapies all around the house until a few months ago. Finally had to go with prescription. Now I have one expensive pair of bifocals - computer distance on top and reading distance on the bottom - and the stupid things are never where I need them.

Have fun with the funky frames. I miss those.

Rita B said...

Ooooh Linda, I can so relate. Same thing happened to me. The cheepies were so much fun. Now stuck with only one pair that works... no fun.

Diane P said...

Go to Costco and get the three pack, they work great & you can leave them different spots. The really cheap ones at the Dollar store are not good.

Shushan said...

Dear Hubby has cheapy reading glasses all over the house, the garage, and his vehicle, but since I've worn glasses since I was 13, I just wear my current prescription. ;)

I used to need to take my glasses off when I read, now it seems to depend on the print. I'm not sure that's a good thing. lol

Shushan said...

Oh yeah! The Costco pack is a great deal! My hubby loves those!

Mo said...

Go for the cheaters. Sams/Costco/BJs all have good quality reading glasses in multi-packs in fun colors and patterns. I wear prescription bifocals when I am out and about. When I am working at my desk and computer or just reading I use my fun cheaters. I have them scattered all over my home and office.

Erika Chase said...

Go purple, for sure. I have a pair in every room of the house, in my car glove compartment, in my choir bag, and in my purse. I go for the cheap kind for around the house but shell out for street wear. I don't notice any difference except, as you say, the funky colors and designs. They are today's fashion accessory! So enjoy transitioning (and you will get stronger ones, I assure you) into being able to read...clearly.

Suzanne said...

When my eye dr first told me I needed a pair, I bought a $20 pair through their eye glass center and I don't really like them. Since then, I have bought many more, have a pair in each knitting bag, others around the house and they are all Foster Grants or similar from Walgreens or Target or other stores. The worst ones were a really cheap pair from one of those Odd lot type stores, those are really lousy.

ev said...

I wear the 1.25 myself and have them all over the house, my purse, car, work and pick them up whenever I can find them cheap. But not tacky looking! I love the colors and styles and if you have to wear them you can at least make a fashion statement with them!

Allison said...

At my 40th birthday party I needed to borrow my best friend's husband's readers to view the picture on the digital camera screen. It was downhill from there. BUT I'm not complaining, really. Before my own lasik surgery 14 years ago, I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. Now, 5 years after the 40th bday, I have a pair of drugtore readers in almost every room, in my messenger bag for the train ride, and the prescription pair at work. I want to get some of the cute ones as the ones I have now are all plain metal.

Vickie said...

My mom has several pairs that she keeps at every place she sits to crochet or knit or read. Hers is RK related. She also likes the lanyards she can hang her readers from around her neck. She goes funky in both glasses and lanyards. I would do the same....

Breaunna said...

Hi Heather, I actually just got a pair of Readers today. I work on the computer a lot with my job and was starting to get ocular headaches by the end of the day. I found a really cool pair of purple Foster Grants at Walgreen's for $24.99. I'm still getting used to them but it seems they are helping. Good luck with your search.

paula said...

I get the cheap kind and experiment with frames of different designs or color. I wear them when print is small even though I wear contacts. They glasses do help.

Min said...

I wear contacts, but ever since the recent study came out that said that people who wear glasses to job interviews are more likely than their non-glasses-wearing counterparts to get hired, I've been considering getting a pair of clear glasses for for interviews! (I've been unemployed for a year now. The only good part is that I've discovered this blog, all The Cozy Chicks, and I'm making my way through all the awesome series/books!)

Michele L. said...

I am definitely a lover of the reader glasses also! I get mine for a dollar all the time at Target in their dollar bins from time to time. When I see them I stock up and buy at least 8 at time. My hubby and I are at that age where we need a little magnification to read. We only need 1.25 to see the print clearly.