How does lens quality affect your reading?

Lens quality determines how clearly you can read and how long you can read without experiencing eye strain. High quality optical grade lenses are made from premium quality optical plastics that meet specific ophthalmic (ANSI) standards. Free of waves, imperfections and providing true visual clarity, premium quality optical lenses facilitates effortlessly clear reading. If your eyes are struggling to see through a lens that is anything less than totally clear you will tire easily and may even get headaches or feel dizzy.

 If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your readers because you tend to lose them or you need several pairs; just get a few good pairs of reading glasses for those times that you want to read for more than a few minutes. Drug store readers may suffice for quick reads…a label, a menu…but when you need to read something for anything longer, choose optical quality reading glasses for long-wearing clear, comfortable vision.

What is the difference between Renee's Readers and other reading glasses?

Renee's Readers have high quality optical grade lenses to give you sharp, clear, and long-wearing comfortable vision. Our reading glasses are made using premium grade ophthalmic plastic (CR-39) lenses unlike other readers that have acrylic lenses and our high-quality lens coatings won't craze, crack or breakdown. They have a uniform lens surface with gradual curves (referred to as aspheric lenses) throughout the lens for even continuous, clear vision. Our frames are made from premium frame materials, the same as those used for high-end prescription eyewear - for a more comfortable fit and your longtime use. 

Our prescription quality frames last longer. They fit better and they are able to withstand everyday wear-and-tear. Better quality lenses give you better vision.  Optical quality lenses will give you the clearest vision if you don’t want or need prescription eyewear. Renee's Readers are the best quality reading glasses, giving you the best value in performance, longwearing use in a mix of modern stylish looks- just read our reviews.

What type of lenses does Renee's Readers use?

Renee's Readers are made from premium quality CR-39 opthalmic plastic lenses with premium lens coatings. They are skillfully ground to meet precise ophthalmic standards (known as ANSI Standards) set as criteria to be met before delivering prescription eyewear to the public.  Our lenses are of aspheric lens design, light-weight, scratch resistant and have a hydrophobic coating for easy cleaning.  Manufacturing standards and proper measurements are equally important for clear and healthy vision.

What are Renee's Readers frames made from?

Renee's Readers are made from the same premium cellulose acetate (plastic) and metals that you would find in many of today's high-end frames. In fact, they are made in the very same factories.  Quality frame parts such as hinges, screws and temple core wire are also fabricated in those very same high end factories to make our readers the best in optical quality reading glasses.

What makes Renee's Readers the best optical quality reading glasses?

Once you have used our reading glasses, you will agree that they really are the best quality reading glasses.  Designed for wearable stylish looks in a fashion that flatters and is reliable in quality and comfortable with purposeful features such as long temples for secure wear, wide bridges for optimal fit with large lenses for a wide field of view and easy reading.  Renee's Readers premium  quality aspheric CR-39 lenses will give you noticeably clear vision. Made with old fashioned ideals of value and reliability, Renee's Readers answers to modern needs with stylish, functional fashion. 

What are Aspheric Lenses?

An aspheric lens has curves that gradually flatten as your eyes move away from the center of the lens.  The result is a wider, undistorted field of view and a thinner, lighter lens with reduced magnification of your eyes.

Does ready-made reading glasses correct for astigmatism?

Over the counter reading glasses do not correct for astigmatism but for many people they correct them quite well.  This is very subjective and is usually affected by how much astigmatism you have. Some people with lesser amounts of astigmatism may be unsatisfied with their vision, others may not. Anything above a 1.00 in the cylinder box of your prescription would best be corrected by prescription reading glasses.  Over the counter readers will correct you, but for long periods of reading, prescription reading glasses will be most comfortable and give you the clearest vision.  BTW, this also goes for people who have considerably different corrections in each eye. We can fill you prescription in any of our Renee's Readers styles- get more info here.

Are ready-made reading glasses suitable for high reading lens strengths?

Just a little information is needed for a better  understanding as to why high lens powers are  best filled in prescription eyewear.  P.D./pupillary distance is the measurement  your optician takes to make sure that the  center of the lens, which is also the point where  you have the clearest vision, lines up with the  center of your eye. It should be taken for your distance correction and separately for your  reading correction since your eyes converge when you read. This simple  measurement is important and especially important as the lens strength increases. In  ready-made reading glasses whose P.D. is pre-set, some people who need high lens strengths (above a 3.00) may feel uncomfortable reading.  As your lens power increases, individual measurements are best  followed.  Ready-made readers are good but not for long periods of time.

Why is Cellulose Acetate called a natural plastic?

Cellulose Acetate is a natural plastic, which is manufactured from purified natural cellulose. Natural cellulose in the appropriate mix is derived from two basic sources, cotton linters and wood pulp. It is hypoallergenic and known for being strong, lightweight, and flexible. Cellulose acetate can also be made up in a wide range of colors and finishes.  For eyewear, cellulose acetate is used by forming layers of plastic into large blocks then carefully dividing it into individual parts, hand polishing and finally assembling them into a frame. Done properly, this is an extremely labor intensive process.

How good is the quality of Renee's Readers if they are made in China?

With most of today’s eyewear being made in China, it has become the go to place for manufacturing eyewear.  Eager to advance themselves, the Chinese have developed their expertise and proved themselves very capable of delivering high quality eyewear. It is through the collaboration of experienced technicians and craftsman that I was able to create a high quality product at an affordable price. Renee's Readers are manufactured in the very same factories where many of today’s high priced designer brands are made.

Can I use Renee's Readers frames for my prescription from my eye doctor?

Renee's Readers are ophthalmic quality, which means that they are capable of going through the manufacturing process involved in inserting prescription lenses. Some frames may not be suitable for certain prescriptions. As a licensed optician, I can help you determine that. Just email your prescription to (Allow approximately 1-3 days for an answer).

How do I prevent my lenses from scratching?

The best way to prevent scratching is to put your glasses in its case when you are not wearing them or to place them with the lenses side up when you take them off. Cleaning them with the microfiber cloth also reduces scratches. The lenses in all of Renee's Readers are hard coated for scratch resistance with a hydrophobic coating to make cleaning easier. Read more care instructions here.


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