Finding high power reading glasses online is almost as difficult as finding the low power reading glasses that have helped me overcome my eye problems.
Fortunately, you don’t have to look everywhere for the glasses you need. You can buy some styles and magnifications ready-made from reputable sites — and you can order exactly what you want from one of the least expensive and easiest-to-use online eyeglasses companies.
I’ll explain everything you need to know.
In general, high power reading glasses are readers with a magnification greater than +3.00 diopters. You may be able to find magnifications up to +4.50 at some drugstores and department stores, but once you get up to stronger strengths — for example, +6.00 reading glasses — you will find very few options in local malls or shops.
When I started this site, I intended to limit the discussion here to the eye problems I’ve had and the solutions I’ve found. But when I learned that high power reading glasses are just as hard to find as the low-strength glasses that I need, I decided to write this article explaining the options available.
Finding Ready-Made High Power Reading Glasses
The first place to look for anything online is Amazon. While the site is most known for selling books, it carries a complete line of merchandise in many categories. Even better, the company has a long reputation of good customer service and of fulfilling orders accurately and on time.
The problem is that some items become permanently or temporarily unavailable and new items replace them all the time, so I can’t confidently recommend a specific pair of high power reading glasses available from Amazon. (This pair from American Reading looks like a great choice if it’s available when you visit. You can choose from +4.50, +5.00 or +6.00 diopters magnification.)
Here’s what I else can do: In the boxes below is a selection of high power reading glasses available now. If you find something that appeals to you and looks like it might meet your needs, click on it. You’ll be taken to Amazon where you can see more details about this pair of glasses and similar ones.
Order Custom-Made High Power Reading Glasses
You can order custom-made glasses of any strength and style from Zenni Optical even if you don’t have a prescription. Choosing your own frames means you can create a pair of glasses that fits your personality. Even better, custom-made glasses are a better deal than off-the-shelf readers and of better quality. Zenni Optical offers the greatest variety and lowest prices I’ve found for reading glasses.
The information in my Zenni Optical review was originally intended for those who need low power readers, but the information also applies to those who need high power reading glasses. There’s just one difference: In the “Lens” column of the order form, you’ll need to select “1.57 mid-index single vision”. Selecting 1.50 standard single vision lenses limits you to glasses up to +4.00 diopters, but when you select 1.57 mid-index single vision lenses, you can select magnifications up to +12 diopters. See my Zenni Optical review now. Keep in mind that thicker lenses often look better in heavier frames, so consider choosing plastic frames rather than metal or rimless choices if you need very high power reading glasses.
A Final Thought
I hope this article helps those of you who need high power reading glasses. Eye problems can be difficult to deal with, but the right glasses can make a huge difference. High power reading glasses are a specialty item that can be hard to find, but these two options are both viable choices that can get the glasses you need in your hands in a matter of days.