Designer Reading Glasses

Don't want everyone to know you need bifocals? Consider designer reading glasses. If you need corrective lenses to correct the changes in vision that many of us experience after the age of 40, and you want the look of gravitas and stability imparted by wearing eyeglasses, but you don't want everyone to know you need bifocals, consider "reading glasses" in designer frames.

Designer reading glasses provide the vision correction that most need in middle age. After reaching the age of 40 or so, most people develop some degree of presbyopia. This is a common eye condition in which gradual thickening of the lens of the eye makes it harder to focus on objects closer than about 18 inches (45 cm) in front of the eyes.

Everyone does not have to know you need bifocals. This right of passage into middle age does not just cause blurred vision. It can also cause headaches and eyestrain and, yes, wrinkles. Once you have developed presbyopia, you will need at least bifocal correction to give you clear vision at varying distances.

Chances are you will be aware of the condition of your eyes before your optometrist or ophthalmologist gives you a refractive lens exam.

You'll be very aware, but that doesn't mean that everyone who sees you reading has to be very aware. That's because, as you probably know, bifocal lenses can be made without an obvious line across the lens, or in a small part of the lens.

Choose progressive lenses for designer frames. The lenses in the glasses you wear, however, can be progressive. In progressive lenses, there are no areas of the lens that are exclusively for looking at objects in the distance or exclusively for close work.

Progressive correction enables you to move your eyes "just enough" to focus clearly on the objects you wish to see.

A progressive lens offers a vertical corridor of clear vision that runs up and down the lens from top to bottom. Your eye doctor has to take precise measurements of your eyes in order to place the vertical corridor at just the right location in the lens.

This is necessary so your eyes can easily access the various powers of the lens for just the right focus at any distance. This eliminates the major complaint with traditional bifocal and trifocal lenses.

No more "jumpy" vision. With the old-style bifocals and trifocals, objects seem to "jump" past the eyes when the gaze passes the sharp boundary between the upper and lower parts of the lens.

With progressive lenses, however, the transition between lens strengths is seamless. This allows changing focus from near to far and back again with ease.

Progressive lenses make it possible for you to work at your desk and look across the room without needing to move your eyes up and down as if you were signaling the world that you wore bifocals.

Progressive lenses enable you to see far, near, and intermediate distances with equal crispness and clarity. Progressive lenses enhance a youthful appearance, even more if they are placed in the frames that make them truly designer reading glasses.

You probably don't want to buy designer frames for traditional bifocals. It doesn't make a lot of sense to buy designer frames for your designer reading glasses unless you get progressive lenses.

Designer Name Brands

With a progressive lens prescription, however, you can then make your choices from Armani, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Hugo Boss, Valentino, Vera Wang, and more.

Although more of the high-end names are involved in the "off the rack" production of sunglasses without vision correction, many designers offer frames for corrective lenses to complement and accent their clothing lines.

You can also find styles inspired by Britney Spears, Sophia Loren, Kathy Ireland, Cheryl Tiegs, Linda Evans, Shari Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Lauren Hutton and even Donald Trump, Jerry Garcia, and George Burns. You will pay a little extra for style, but there is no shortage of designs to accent your unique look.

It's best, of course, that you visit the optician's shop and choose the frames that make you look good. Not every prescription fits every frame, and the dispensing optician may have special policies regarding the return of eyeglasses put into designer frames.


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