Introduction: If you need a slight magnification boost when reading but no prescription, congrats on your great eyesight! Navigating the world of over-the-counter readers can be overwhelming, so it helps to know what you’re looking for. Figure out the magnification strength you need with a quick online test, then check out these options to see which suits you best.
Loads of Styles
Don’t let their feathery feel fool you: This unisex set features resin frames and polycarbonate lenses that are tough but flexible. Gaoye
Tech-neck gets a lot of attention, but our collective gear addiction is not just a pain in the neck—it’s a pain in the brain too. If you spend a lot of time on your computer or phone and find yourself plagued by tension headaches, blue-light blocking technology is crucial and life-changing. Even those with perfect vision can still benefit from blue-blockers (just buy them at 0 strength). Ease into wearing these full-time—start with an hour, then ramp up day by day—and remember what life felt like before needing to pop a few Advil at the end of each day.
Form and Function
This scratch-resistant, spring-hinged pair have a universally flattering shape, along with sun protection and an anti-reflective coating that helps reduce digital eye strain. Peepers by PeeperSpecs
If you tend to treat your possessions cavalierly (e.g. maybe you throw your cheaters in your bag sans case and sometimes sit on, drop or otherwise torture them), make sure to choose a pair with a dual anti-scratch coating on the lenses, which will prolong their life span.
Fun-fashion-philes, rejoice! Unlike most cheaters, these are sold by “diopter”—a measure of the focusing power of your lenses—not magnification. Do an online test to find your level. Kerecsen
Another thing to consider when buying glasses: how sensitive you are to nose pads. If you dislike that pinchy feeling, look for a pair with built-in pads, which hold your glasses in place without discomfort (but might slip down on particularly narrow faces).