Bifocal Sunglasses

Why bifocal sunglasses? If you’re anything like me, you love the outdoors but you grow more and more tired of swapping your glasses between outdoor activities, whether lounging by the pool with your favorite novel or tossing a Frisbee with a buddy. Squinting in the bright sun is never fun, but it becomes even more difficult when you have different prescriptions for different distances. That’s where bifocal sunglasses come in handy.

Remember that with bifocal sunglasses, you’ll likely wear them in public quite a bit more than you wore your bifocal reading glasses. And some people may be more active and thus need a more snug fit than they’d use for standard bifocals. Continue reading

No Line Bifocal Reading Glasses

If you’re dreading that time when you finally need bifocals because you don’t want that distinct, visible line through the lens let everyone know how old you are, consider no line bifocal reading glasses. No line bifocals help you retain the look of regular glasses all while providing the benefits of traditional bifocals.

No line bifocals are sometimes called progressives. These bifocals may take a little bit of time to adjust to because there is no visible line in the lens, but once many people get used to them they wouldn’t consider going back to the traditional style. But here are some things to consider. Continue reading

Bifocal Eyeglasses Shopping Guide

Many people eventually comes to that time of life where they need to wear bifocal eyeglasses. Bifocal eyeglasses are extremely helpful tools that are fortunately available in styles and colors that will accent your own personal style and wardrobe.

These days it is easy to find a great selection of high quality bifocal reading glasses online. If you’re looking for designer eye wear, it’s easy to find sites that offer a wide variety of designs from names like Hugo Boss, Gucci, Calvin Klein and others. Just remember some good tips for when you’re ready to purchase online about how to choose a good merchant.
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Bifocal Reading Glasses for Women

Bifocal reading glasses for women are one of those small yet important tools that can help you every day. As we age, so do our eyes, which means that everyday tasks like reading become more challenging. With the right pair of bifocals you can read small print and also drive and see far distances all with the same pair of glasses.

Bifocals can be stylish as well as practical. With well-known designers offering a variety of styles of designer bifocal reading glasses you can look great while improving your vision.
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Bifocal Reading Glasses for Men

As men get older many things start to change, including their eyesight. Their eyes start losing the ability to focus on print and objects at close range. While this can be difficult initially at least there are plenty of options of bifocal reading glasses for men to help bring small print back into focus in style. There are options ranging from a simple, elegant pair of bifocal reading glasses to designer bifocals and even protective bifocals.

Regular bifocal reading glasses or even no line bifocals are great for reading and working on certain projects that require close range vision, but men who work with power tools for fun or for a living will need something a little more specialized. A good pair of protective bifocal safety glasses is perfect for this. Continue reading

Bifocal Reading Glasses

Noticing any deterioration in your vision can be scary. We’re lucky today to have so many great options for improving our vision, but what works best for one person may not work best for another. You may need to look at a few bifocal reading glasses to find the best fit for you.

First you may want to decide if you want traditional bifocal glasses with the noticeable lines in the lens clearly showing where the bifocal lens begins, or you may want to try no line bifocals so not everyone knows you’re wearing bifocal glasses. Innovations in lenses have brought us progressive lenses but these innovations have also made them lighter and offered additional properties including scratch resistant or anti-reflective coatings to protect the lenses and improve your vision. Continue reading

Benjamin Franklin Bifocals

Bifocals bear Benjamin Franklin’s name because he is believed to be the first person to wear a lens that allowed for both distance and close-up focus. There may have been others who were also thinking about the issue of needing a bifocal lens, but it is generally believed that Benjamin Franklin was the first person to create and wear them.

As part of the aging process, our vision begins to change. It happens to all of us. At some point it becomes more and more difficult to see things close up and further away. Before long bifocals become part of our vocabulary. Bifocal glasses have come a long way since being invented by Benjamin Franklin. Let’s take a look at where bifocal glasses came from and what we’re able to do with them now. Continue reading

Bifocal Reading Glasses Care

Whether as a result of aging or a result of our genetics, at some point many of us will require bifocal reading glasses. And once we have those dazzling spectacles, it is important that we keep our bifocal reading glasses clean and well-maintained to ensure clarity in our daily lives.

I hope these relatively simple, common sense ideas will help you make the most of your bifocal reading glasses. Once you have the right pair of bifocals, you will cherish them for many years to come. They will become a part of your identity and bring greater clarity to your day-to-day life. Continue reading

How To Reduce Eye Strain

If you’re anything like most of the modern world, you spend a lot of time in front of a computer. And if you spend a lot of time in front of the computer, you’re probably squinting more than you realize. The problem with squinting is that it often leads to less blinking and thus less moisture for your eyes.

A recent study indicated that narrowing your eyes just slightly reduced eye blinks per minute by 50 percent. More pronounced squinting reduced eye blinks to just four per minute! With so little blinking, your eyes inevitably become red, itchy and irritated.

Squinting also strains the muscles around and behind your eyes, putting them through more aging strain than necessary.

The difficulty is that we evolved to keep our eyes on the distant horizon with only temporary periods where we focused on objects up close. Continue reading

History of Bifocal Reading Glasses

Bifocal Reading Glasses presents you the History of Bifocals:

The origin of reading bifocals begins with the origin of magnification, which dates all the way back to Egyptian hieroglyphs around 700 BC.

The earliest written record of such magnification appears to be the first century AD when Seneca the Younger, a tutor of Emperor Nero, wrote how small letters could be made more large and clear using a “globe or glass filled with water.” Appropriately, there is written evidence that Emperor Nero’s enjoyment of gladiator games was improved by the use of a vision-correcting lens in the form of an emerald.

Later, many believe corrective lenses of some form were utilized by Abbas Ibn Firnas in the 9th century AD. Abbas Ibn Firnas developed a method to create clear glass. He shaped and polished the glass into rocks of round he called reading stones. The earliest concrete evidence of these sorts of magnifying devices (utilizing a convex lens to magnify an image) seems to be the Book of Optics, published by Alhazen in about 1021.

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Rimless Eyeglasses

Too many people have a stereotype about bifocal reading glasses; they envision thick-lensed, over-sized caricatures of reading glasses and rarely imagine sleek, stylish rimless bifocals. Surprisingly, you can actually find a wide variety of stylish bifocal glasses these days. Among them are the rimless eyeglasses.

There are several types of rimless glasses from which to choose. This variety manifests itself both in style and in function. Semi-rimless (half-rimless) and three-piece rimless glasses have become more commonplace. They distinguish themselves from normal reading glasses by frames which do not entirely encircle the lenses. In fact, the three-piece rimless eyeglass features no frame about the lens at all, with the temples and bridge anchored right on the lens.

Glasses with a semi-rimless design will feature a frame which only encircles a portion of the frame (usually the top). The semi-rimless eyeglass was introduced back in the 1930s. At that time frame builders screwed the lens directly to the frame front. Today most semi-rimless eyeglasses have the lenses secured within the frame with strong nylon wire. Continue reading

Bifocal Reading Glasses – A History?

While sussing out the content for my new site dedicated to a common contraption I find beloved — bifocal reading glasses — I’ve come to appreciate and enjoy their history more than I thought I would.

From Salvino D’Armate’s clever invention back in the 13th century to Benjamin Franklin’s clever refinement in the first decade of the United States’ existence, their evolution is more peppered with the ebb and flow of technology and fashion than I’d imagined.

So while I originally intended this site to be mostly a consumer-driven site, I’ve decided to make it a bit more of a hobby site as well. I’ll still do my best to help you find the right glasses for you at the right price, but I’ll also invest some space on this blog to just celebrating the cozy history of these clever little eyeglasses. I’ve put part of my history of glasses on the front page, but I probably will extract and expand this in the future. Continue reading