Is your senior loved one tired of seeing the same selection of over-the-counter reading glasses at their local grocery or drugstore? If so, maybe it’s time to help them find a new pair!
Eyeglasses not only help improve eyesight for those with presbyopia but can serve as a great confidence boost as well. By helping your older adult find a color and style they love, a new pair of glasses can help accentuate their personality and maybe even make reading glasses fun to wear!
Here are the top 10 eyewear brands to help your older adult decide which are the best reading glasses for them.
Warby Parker not only offers an abundance of high-quality, stylish frames but also lets you try on five pairs at home for free! The best part: The company sends the glasses to you at no cost and you have a five-day period to return them. Each pair sold comes with “anti-reflective, scratch-resistant lenses that block 100% of UV rays.” The company also caters to a variety of lenses such as progressives, readers and single-vision. All glasses start at $95.
Known as the first sunglasses brand in the United States, Foster Grant provides a wide selection of glasses for your older adult to add to their collection. If they’re looking to upgrade or change their pair of reading glasses, this company offers a variety of features and types:
- Multi Focus (three strengths in one pair)
- Full magnification
- SunReaders reading sunglasses
- Blue light digital reading glasses
- Bifocal style
These glasses are advertised within a price range of $20 to $40 and all pairs are designed for both men and women. Plus, Foster Grant allows users to virtually try on a pair before they order.
Caddis’ mission is to combat the fear of aging, and the company proves it with a variety of fashionable frames. Available in prescription and nonprescription lenses, each pair is made with polycarbonate, a strong, transparent plastic that makes the perfect lens material. Although these glasses run on the more expensive side (with most pairs costing around $250), Caddis’ sturdy frames are likely to last your senior many years of usage. The company website also offers a store locator so your senior has the option to shop online or pick out their glasses in person.
Is your loved one unsure of which frames might look best? If so, On Your Face allows them to take a quiz as soon as they enter the website, and they can include certain information on different factors such as skin temperature, face shape, preference for nose pads, and more. In addition, you can schedule a free video consultation with an eyewear stylist to narrow down your top three choices. On Your Face will then send your glasses to your address for $149 to try on. (Most pairs cost an estimated $200.)
Similar to an average pair of readers you can buy from the store, this brand sells lenses in a variety of different strengths, typically ranging from +1.00 to +3.50. The glasses from Opulize are inexpensive (with each pair costing an average of $15), and you can find some that come in packs for a low cost as well! If your senior spends a lot of time in front of a computer or phone, they may also want to consider blue light-blocking glasses to help prevent eye strain and improve sleep quality.
Not only do DIFF’s glasses offer a high-end, luxury feel, they also serve as another perfect low-priced option. From an estimated $49 to $120, your senior is certain to find a pair that fits their personality without breaking the bank. In addition, single-vision and reading lenses come at no cost. DIFF has also partnered with Sightsavers, a nonprofit that helps promote vision equality for people across the world. For every pair you purchase, someone with a vision impairment will receive treatment or help in some way.
If your senior enjoys shopping for brand-name items, GlassesUSA offers plenty of designer frames – from Ray Ban to Gucci – that can give your older adult that polished look. Compared to shopping at an in-person, chain eyewear store, GlassesUSA offers similar frames at a cheaper price.
Made from titanium, Flexon’s eyewear products are crafted for those who want as little wear and tear as possible to their glasses. Each pair is made with a metal frame and offers amazing flexibility, allowing you to bend them at almost 90 degrees! Each pair of single-vision and nonprescription glasses costs around $280, while progressive lenses will cost an estimated $368. However, Flexon does take vision insurance, so you may be able to save some money if you have coverage.
If your senior is someone who loses their personal items easily (especially their glasses), buying glasses in packs of multiple pairs is probably best. Sold through Amazon, Gaoye’s glasses can come in a collection of five for only $15.99—in either all black or a multitude of colors such as green, blue and pink. Even better, each pair is super lightweight, thanks to its resin material, so your senior can wear them around their neck at all times!
Wish you had glasses that could fit in a case small enough to put in your pocket or to throw in a compact purse? Doubletake frames are not only made from a lightweight plastic material but they also fold right in half, making it easy for an older adult to carry them wherever they go. Sold in a pack of two, these glasses are another inexpensive option at only $14.99. Doubletake’s brand also comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee and a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, so your senior loved one can replace their glasses soon after they purchase if need be.
Wearing glasses shouldn’t have to feel like a hassle or a bore, and finding a pair you love can really change the way you view them. With so many durable and fashionable glasses available on the eyewear market, your senior is certain to find a pair that best suits their eyecare and style needs.