Should I Buy Ready Readers?


Ready readers; they’re everywhere. In the local supermarket or high street store, at some “too good to be true” prices too. But just what are the advantages and disadvantages of buying an off the shelf pair of reading glasses, as opposed to a pair prescribed by your local optician?

Ok, yes; they may save you money in the short term, but cheap reading glasses could actually end up costing your eyesight.

The so-called ‘ready readers’, which sell for as little as £1 in high street shops, may leave wearers with eye strain, headaches or even blurred or double vision.

Millions have bought them, however, research suggest they could be putting their eyesight and health at risk.

By the age of 50, most adults have problems reading a book or newspaper without spectacles.

So, the arrival of the cheap, readily available glasses in supermarkets, high street stores and market stalls less than ten years ago has been seen by many as a quick fix, with some people buying several cheap versions to stash around the house so that they can always find a pair.

A researcher at consumer champion Which? checked 14 pairs from seven high street chains.

He found problems with half of them, with those carrying a higher prescription (+3.50 to +4.00 ) considered to cause the most concern.

‘Off-the-peg glasses could cause eye strain, blurred vision, headaches or double vision,’ the Which? researcher said.