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When do you need reading glasses?

You may recognize it, you have to keep the letters in a book or newspaper further and further away to be able to read them properly. This is one of the signs that you may need reading glasses. In this article you can read what the other signals are and we discuss different types of reading glasses.

Wat zijn de signalen dat je een leesbril nodig hebt?

There are several signs that may indicate that you may need reading glasses. We’ve listed them for you below:

  • You experience blurry vision when reading small letters or characters.
  • You hold a book, newspaper or smartphone further and further away from your face.
  • You tend to turn on an extra light while reading.
  • You are over 40 years old and experience headaches and burning or tired eyes.
  • After reading, your eyes need a moment to focus for the long distance.
  • You have more trouble concentrating.
  • You suffer from squint.

If you recognize yourself in one or more of these points, it’s probably time for reading glasses. Many of these symptoms get worse at the end of the day. Your eyes have had to work hard all day and you will notice that towards the evening.


When you need reading glasses, you suffer from farsightedness. The view of objects close by is out of focus, while everything at a distance appears normal. This is because the image does not land properly on the retina, but behind it. In the case of farsightedness, reading glasses with a positive power are required, which ensures that the image is sharply focused on the retina again and is therefore easier to read.

Causes of low vision

A common cause of farsightedness is old age. As we age, the elasticity of the lens of the eye decreases, making it more difficult to focus on close objects, such as books and newspapers. This presbyopia is also called presbyopia and can lead to tired eyes and headaches. In general, the aging process of the eye starts around the age of 40, but this of course differs per person.

Why reading glasses?

Blurred vision while reading can be experienced as a great inconvenience. Fortunately, reading glasses offer a solution in many cases. The lenses of reading glasses are spherical and ensure that the light is refracted in a certain way so that it falls sharply on the retina. This makes reading easier and prevents tired eyes, headaches and other complaints. It may take some getting used to wearing glasses, but the advantages of reading glasses certainly outweigh the disadvantages. Moreover, there are many stylish and trendy reading glasses available today, so wearing reading glasses no longer has to be a fashion failure.

What types of reading glasses are there?

Reading glasses come in all shapes and sizes. It can sometimes be difficult to find the right reading glasses that suit your style and needs. At Looplabb you will find a wide range of reading glasses in different frames and colours. All lenses have an anti-scratch coating. This coating ensures that your lenses are not damaged by wear and tear and also protects them against accidents. This way, the glasses last a long time and you can enjoy your reading glasses for longer.

Sun reading glasses

Do you like to read in the sun on the beach or by the pool in the summer? Then Looplabb solar reading glasses are the perfect solution for you. These glasses combine the functionality of reading glasses with the UV protection of sunglasses. They are available in different colors and frames, so you can always find sun reading glasses that suit your style.

Available strengths

Our (sun) reading glasses are available in strengths +1.00 to +3.00. Wondering what strength you need? Click here and take the indicative vision test. With a strength above +3.00, we recommend visiting an optician for an eye test. They will help you find the most suitable reading glasses for you.

Different colors

Eye color can play an important role when choosing the color of your reading glasses. Do you want the color of your eyes to stand out, or do you prefer a neutral look?

  • Blue eyes: If you have blue eyes and want to make them stand out, it’s best to choose warm colors with a red, orange or yellow undertone, such as copper, cognac or brownish red. For a more subdued look, it is better to go for (dark) blue or silver glasses.
  • Gray eyes: People with gray eyes can best choose gray or silver tones for a calm look. If you want your eyes to stand out, you better go for bright colors like purple, blue or red.
  • Green eyes: If you have green eyes, you can create a neutral look with green frames. If you really want to let your eyes speak, it is best to choose wine red, brown or purple glasses.
  • Brown Eyes: People with brown eyes are lucky, because almost any color of glasses will suit them. For a natural look, you can choose brown or black frames. If you want to stand out, you can go for bright colors such as purple or red. A metal look also looks good on people with brown eyes.

Would you like more style advice for finding the perfect reading glasses? Then read our article about choosing glasses based on your face shape!

Can you wear reading glasses all day?

There is no harm in wearing reading glasses all day. It is wise to give your eyes a rest every now and then. So put that good book aside sometimes, so that your eyes don’t have to focus all the time.

If you are not used to wearing reading glasses, it may take some getting used to at first. Your eyes have to adjust to the new prescription of the glasses. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for your eyes to fully adjust. Some people initially experience headaches or dizziness when wearing reading glasses, but this usually subsides over time. Do not wear the reading glasses for too long in the beginning and let your eyes get used to it slowly.

If you notice that you continue to suffer from headaches, dizziness or tired eyes despite wearing reading glasses, it is wise to make an appointment with an optician. He can check whether the strength of your glasses is correct or whether there may be other causes for your complaints.

How much do reading glasses cost?

The price for reading glasses can vary greatly. For example, you can buy ready-made reading glasses at the drugstore for a few euros. The price for a more expensive brand of reading glasses can quickly rise to € 100. But what is the difference between these reading glasses? In general, cheap reading glasses are made of cheaper materials. In addition, they usually have simple, standard designs. More expensive reading glasses, on the other hand, often have features such as an anti-scratch layer, anti-reflective coating and/or UV protection.

If you plan to wear your reading glasses a lot, it is recommended that you invest in good quality reading glasses. This not only provides a better viewing experience and comfort, but also extends the life of the glasses. Looplabb, for example, offers trendy, high-quality reading glasses for a fixed price of € 29.95, regardless of the strength of the lenses.

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