I’ve been lucky. I’ve made it my entire life without needing corrective lenses of any kind. Until now.
Since I turned 44 last year, small print has decided to become harder for me to read than the terms and conditions of an Apple software upgrade and may need to use computer reading glasses. After a little bit of denial, a lot of squinting and ultimate acceptance, I decided to march over to the CVS across the street and investigate the reading glasses situation.
When I got to CVS, my heart sank as I perused an ugly tree of uninspired eyewear design. It’s come to this, I thought. My only relief was that this was a pair of glasses I would only need to wear when reading small text. Once I figured out the strength I needed (+1.0), I picked the least offensive $20 pair from the ugly tree.
A few nights later, while having dinner with some old co-workers from my days waiting tables at Asia de Cuba, my friend Brendan pulled out a pair of really handsome readers to look at the menu. They looked expensive, but I had to ask. “I got them at Ricky’s. Fifteen bucks,” he said. Wow.
The next day, I headed over to Ricky’s to observe a not-so-ugly tree of reading glasses. When I settled on a great looking pair of horn rims in my strength, I noticed that mine and the other nice frames came from a company called A.J. Morgan. They were all, indeed, $15.
I took a look at the A.J. Morgan website and found a whole new world of reading glasses that did the job affordably and with style. They feature modern designs, simple options as well as retro-inspired classics.
I initially considered going the Warby Parker route, knowing that all their great looking frames are available with reading lenses. But I wasn’t quite ready to spend $95 for part-time / on-and-off eyewear that has a greater chance of getting lost. The A.J. Morgan readers range from $10 (on sale) to $55 on their website. Quite doable. So doable, in fact, that I bought a second pair. I was talking to a friend and they told me they got their glasses from just glasses reading glasses store. I’m glad there are a variety of good options out there for reading glasses.