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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.

The industry has somehow conspired to BAN many diopter strengths. Notice the red boxes below.
WHY?

-

300

140

.
 Reading Glasses
(non-prescription)
 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
-
-
-
-
-

$

4

Dr. Dean
Edell

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

$

5

Foster
Grant

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

$$

6

Magni-
Vision

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

$$$

7

OPTX
20/20

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

$$

8

Peepers

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

$

9

Visualites.

-
-
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

-

Uses for
each power

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

My
Uses

-

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

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

3- F = Focal length in inches

4. "Uses for each power" 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!
.

RED BOXES are diopters that have
DISAPPEARED with NO EXPLANATION.

Maximum diopters that may be sold OTC is limited by some states.
3.25 is the max legal in Minnesota.
2.75 is the max legal in New York state.
2.50 is the max legal in Rhode Island.

(Arbitrary, and a huge PITA. - Once again, lobbyists making decisions for us.)

Make Your Own Glasses

20

100 - 668

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

30

60

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Where to Buy Each Brand

BRAND /

-

STORES selling the Brand

1. American Reading Glasses -

Appears to be the best - most options
Excellent pricing

Amazon (??? offers)
eBay     (1,063 offers)
.

    Boomer

(online only)

2. Calabria - (no website - online only)

see Speert.com
Amazon (281 offers)
eBay     (1,063 offers)
.

3. Design Optics - (no website - online only)

Amazon (328 offers)
eBay     (1,416 offers)
Costco (3-pack near the books counter)
"Fashion Collection", formerly "Classic JLX Readers"
.

4. Dr. Dean Edell - (no website - retail only)

Amazon (284 offers)
eBay      (180 offers)
Office Depot, Sears
.

5. Foster Grant -

Amazon (over 1,000 offers)
eBay     (6,237 offers)
Rite Aid, Target, Wal Mart, Walgreens
.

6. MagniVision - (no website - retail only)

Amazon (273 offers)
eBay     (2,500 offers)
Office Max, Rite Aid, Staples, Walmart
.

7. OPTX 20/20 -

Amazon (189 offers)
eBay     (360 offers)
Walmart (no retailer list)
.

8. Peepers

Amazon (over 1,000 offers)
eBay      (1,518 offers)
CVS (no retailer list)
.

9. Visualites -

Amazon (41offers)
eBay     (89 offers)
(no retailer list)
.

No Brands -

CVS, forget it.
Long's was far superior. Too bad.

300 - 450

140

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Other AMAZON Reading Glasses
Sellers Not Compared Here

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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 have changed, due to law changes, and manufacturer decisions.
Vendors constantly change their models -
-- Each model can offer varying diopters - what used to be offered may no longer be available.
-- All models may not be available at every store.
-- All diopters are certainly not offered in each store.

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