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Reading Glasses Compared
Brand vs. Strength Numbers
by Vaughn Aubuchon

Here is a summary of some reading glasses sellers, along with the diopter strength # of the glasses that they sell.



Previously, the higher diopters were available everywhere. For some reason, they have become very hard to find. Many sizes have been discontinued. I have therefore created this summary, to help you find what you need.

Almost everybody suffers from presbyopia around age 40, and can benefit from these inexpensive, effective readers. As aging continues, stronger diopter lenses will be required.

300

140

.
 Reading Glasses
 Comparison Chart

#
BRAND

.
Strength #
Diopter Strengths Available
Weaker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -> Stronger

Note

0.5
0.
75
1.0
1.
25
1.5
1.
75
2.0
2.
25
2.5
2.
75
3.0
3.
25
3.5
3.
75
4.0
4.5
5.0
6.0
1

American Reading Glasses

$5
$5
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
$10
$10

$

2

Calabria
Speert.com

$10
$10
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
-
$15
$15

$$

3

Design Optics
(Costco)

-
-
x
x
x
x
x
-
x
x
-
-
-
-
-
-

$

4

Dr. Dean
Edell

-
-
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
-
-
-
x
-

Gone

5

Foster
Grant

-
-
x
x
x
-
x
-
x
x
-
x
-
-
-
-

$$

6

Magni-
Vision

x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
-
-
-
-
-
-

$$$

7

OPTX
20/20

-
-
x
x
x
x
x
-
x
x
-
-
-
-
-
-

$$

8

Visualites.

-
-
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
-
x
-
-
-
-
-

$$
.

Strength

0.5

1.0

1.5

2.0

2.5

3.0

3.5

4.0

Diopter

F in inches

80
53.3
40
32
26.7
22.9
20
17.8
16
14.5
13.3
12.3

11.4

10.7
10
6.7

-

9

Uses for
each power

?
Driving
Watch TV
Use
computer
Read
book
Trim
nails
Remove
sliver

My
Uses


1


2


3




4

5

6

NOTES :
1- "x" indicates that the strength # exists for the given Brand.

2- Light grey
indicates no strength # in that Brand.

3- Dark grey
indicates REMOVED strength # glasses in that Brand. WHY? These are some of the most desired strengths by elders, who NEED them.

4- Blue x's are glassses I have.

5- F = Focal length in inches

6. Row 9 in the above table shows the sizes that I have been using.
Don't forget, you can always put on two pair at the same time, which I do EVERY day. When doing my fingernails, I sometimes put on three pair. I can do a better job on everything, IF I can SEE it in perfect focus!

20

100 - 668

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

60

.
Where to Buy Each Brand

BRAND /
STORES selling the Brand

-

1. American Reading Glasses -
Amazon.com

    Boomer (online only)

2. Calabria - (no website - online only)
see Speert.com

3. Design Optics - 1-800-824-4143
Costco (3-pack near the books counter)
"Fashion Collection", formerly "Classic JLX Readers"

4. Dr. Dean Edell - (no website - retail only)
Amazon.com, Office Depot, Sears
Dr. Dean has dropped all my favorite sizes (red boxes).
1.25 for driving
2.25 for TV
2.75 for computer
3.25 for reading - Highest now available
4.00 for nails - No longer sold

5. Foster Grant -
Rite Aid, Target, Wal Mart, Walgreens

6. MagniVision -
Office Max, Rite Aid, Staples, Walmart
Magnivision has NO DIOPTER info on their website - Clueless!
"Prescription Quality refers to magnification of lens."
NO Magnification data. YOU CANNOT search by power.

7. OPTX 20/20 -
Amazon.com, Walmart (no retailer list)

8. Visualites -
Amazon.com (no retailer list)

    No Brands -
CVS, forget it. Long's was far superior. Too bad.

300 - 450

140


Other AMAZON Reading Glasses
Sellers Not Compared Here

Able Vision
Alumineyes
Bianca Ferrara
CliC
Eurospecs
Fenae
Fisherman Eyewear
Hot Topic
Identity
Impulse Clics
Jeepers
Lucite Readers
MoralEyes
Moxie Reading Glasses
Reader Rescue
Ritzy Readers
Scojo
Urban Boundaries Eyewear

Reading glasses are also known as "cheaters", or "cheater glasses".
Sometimes, "specs" or "spectacles". Also, "readers".


Disclaimer: The availability of all reading glasses above has been double-checked.
Vendors may change their models, and all models may not be available at every store.

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