Ready Readers


Ready readers were first introduced as an alternative to prescription lenses, but it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of spectacles. While it can be tempting to grab a generic and cheaper pair of glasses off the shelf, ready readers might not always be the best solution. Here we take a look at what ready readers are and how they differ from other types of lenses.

What are ready readers?

Ready readers are types of glasses designed for reading, but they are often described as a one-size-fits-all lens. This is because they don’t take into account your individual prescription and instead offer a generic power for reading within the lens.

You can usually buy ready readers straight off the shelf, and you have likely seen them in supermarkets.

Who needs to wear ready readers?

If you already wear glasses for distance, but you begin having trouble seeing things up close, you are likely developing something known as presbyopia. This is a natural occurrence, and most people over 40 will experience it. Presbyopia can prompt some people to buy a pair of ready readers, so they have glasses both for distance and for reading.

Woman struggling to see newspaper text due to presbyopia

Everyone has different vision capabilities, and unfortunately, ready readers aren’t personalised to suit your individual vision needs. This can result in needing to move and readjust ready readers to see clearly, or simply remove them altogether.

What’s the difference between varifocals and ready readers?

Ready readers can deliver help with seeing close up objects clearly, but they aren’t tailored to your vision needs. They have just one power within the lens, so if you also require glasses for distance, you will need to swap lenses throughout the day to see different distances making it easy to misplace or forget to take them with you.

Varifocal lenses can cater to three vision zones: near, distance and intermediate vision. This provides a seamless vision experience, with one primary pair of lenses. Varifocals have a gradual changing power from the top to the bottom of the lens, delivering multiple corrections in one.

Varilux, our varifocal lenses, are designed to deliver clear, sharp vision for your everyday needs, including specific activities, such as driving and using digital devices.

Can you drive while wearing ready readers?

Ready readers are designed to help you see close up objects clearly, with one power across the lens to correct your near vision. If you have trouble seeing into the distance, ready readers could impact your ability to see distant objects when behind the wheel.

Generally, single vision glasses for near vision, including ready readers, aren’t suitable for road use. You can find more advice on glasses for driving here.

Can ready readers damage your eyes?

Ready readers always have the same power in both lenses and cannot correct astigmatism. This means that, unless both of your eyes need the same prescription and you have no astigmatism, ready readers will not be perfect in correcting your vision.

Woman wearing ready readers struggling to see phone screen

Wearing ready readers won’t cause damage or harm, but they can result in headaches or eye strain.

At an Essilor partner optician, you can experience lenses that are made to your exact prescription and facial measurements, so that you can experience clear vision effortlessly.