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    How to Make a Fashion Statement with Reading Glasses

    Reading Glasses are the New "IT" Accessory


    Thirty plus years ago, reading glasses were often stigmatized as “anti-fashion.” But Nerd Chic, Geek Chic and Hipster Chic have all changed the playing field, and readers and non-readers alike are using glasses as fashion accessories to stand out.

    In fact, some mavens have gone as far as to describe reader glasses as “the new shoes” – meaning that they're not just utilitarian items but rather true accessories.

    One Bay Area entrepreneur, Patty Lee Hoffman, said that reading glasses used to be considered “like the Crocs of glasses” – i.e. low in sex appeal and purely functional. But that’s all changed.

    At some level, this is exciting news, because you can now use glasses to outfit and augment your general “fashion personality.” On the other hand, it could be somewhat stressful news, because now you might feel pressure to have “cool enough” reading glasses to keep up with the Joneses at your book club.

    Browse Our Website for Exciting Reading Glasses for Women 

    Do you now need to fret over the sexiness (or lack thereof) of your reading glasses? Fortunately, the solution is neither complicated, nor beyond you. Shop I Heart Eyewear to explore cool solutions, whether you want glasses to accessorize a hipster or “smart corporate exec” outfit; or you just want to avoid looking like a stereotypically nerdy librarian. Browse our website to learn more about your exciting eyewear choices!

    Why Do You Need Reading Glasses From Aging?

    Why Readers are Needed as We Get Older

    Perhaps you're shopping for reading glasses because you scored surprisingly low at your annual eye exam. Or maybe you're researching bifocals because you're developing eyestrain and headaches every night staring at your tablet. 

    Reading Glasses with Bling

    In either case, you're confused about how the aging process has affected your vision. Here's the gist. Basically, as people get older, almost everyone starts to suffer from a condition known as presbyopia -- a kind of farsightedness. This is caused when the lens of your eyes starts to stiffen naturally. This lack of pliability -- combined with the natural atrophy of the ciliary muscles in your eyes -- makes it more challenging for your lens to focus on objects that are near to you. The images you look at don’t focus on the retina but rather slightly behind it. This means that objects in close range tend to blur.

    There are different tests to measure this farsightedness or presbyopia. For instance, a diopter strength test measures the progress of presbyopia. Other simple “home tests” can also help you identify this condition. For instance, if you find that you're holding books far away from your eyes when you read -- to the point that your arms hurt from holding the books -- you might be developing the condition. Likewise, a poor performance on an eye exam or high score on a diopter test may indicate the initial stages of farsightedness.

    I Heart Eyewear Readers Can Help

    For more information about this kind of farsightedness -- as well as help developing solutions to avoid discomfort, see better and keep your eyes healthy -- schedule an eye exam with your optometrist today! If reading glasses or bifocals are all you need, check out our large selection of eyeglasses, sunglasses and bifocal sunglasses. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to learn more about common eye health topics and eyewear fashion.