What Is The Difference Between; Reading Glasses, Distance Glasses, Sunglasses & Sunreaders ?

Many people in the UK are unaware that they need Distance Glasses or Reading Glasses simply because they have never had their eyes examined regularly.

We all need to understand regular eye tests are important not only for our eyes but also as part of monitoring our general health.

Reading Glasses and Distance Glasses can make a big difference in our lives and are important for the things we do on a daily basis such as reading, writing, typing, driving, browsing the internet or just seeing clearly. 

Clear vision is something that Distance Glasses and Reading Glasses can provide for us, but there is a low awareness of this in the UK. Reading Glasses and Distance Glasses both serve completely different purposes;


Long sightedness is known medically as Hyperopia or Hypermetropia. This means that your eyes can’t focus on close objects and anything close up will look blurry. Using Reading Glasses that have convex (curved outward) lenses  can help your retina focus by magnifying the things you are looking at.

Some people require Reading Glasses at any age as above (Hyperopia), but an age related condition called Presobia will affect most of us when we are in our mid 40’s which again means close objects or reading is blurred and this again requires Reading Glasses.


Distance Glasses are intended for people with Myopia or nearsightedness to improve their ability to see far away objects more clearly. Lenses in the distance glasses are the exact opposite of those found in Reading Glasses. Unlike Reading Glasses, the lenses in Distance Glasses are concave (curved inwards) and help the eyes to focus on things that are further away.

Unlike Reading Glasses, Distance Glasses must be prescribed by a registered Optometrist and it is the law to wear them while driving.


When the sun comes out there is a whole new glasses dilemma to face: do you wear your normal glasses and just squint? Wear Sunglasses and not be able to read properly or invest in a pair of Sunreaders to hopefully enable to you to read in the sun?

Of course this choice will be a personal one but most people who wear glasses will understand the problem of Sunglasses and whether or not to they choose to wear them. Some people will go down the route of having their normal lenses tinted so that in strong sunlight they become naturally darker, thus providing protection from the sun and also making it easier to do things. Others will opt to have two pairs of glasses – one normal and one prescription sunglasses – however this does mean that they need to carry two pairs around with them.

A third option is to go for Sunreaders These reading sunglasses provide UV400 sun protection and enable the wearer to still have the same ability to read as if they were wearing their everyday reading glasses. Like off the shelf reading glasses they are available in a wide range of different styles and colours have the same strength in both eyes and are suitable for both men and women.

Wearing Sunreaders will give people the convenience of only having to carry around one pair of glasses plus it means they can still enjoy their favourite book, magazine or newspaper when sitting outside in the bright sunlight.

To find out more about Sunreaders or to choose your own reading Sunglasses you could visit the Sunreaders available in the Tiger Specs online store. 


Sunreaders as with Reading Glasses should not be used for driving.

Check out our recently posted Blog exploring the differences between POLARISED SUNGLASSES and UV400 SUNGLASSES which could be of benefit or interest to you if you found this Blog post insightful.

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