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Reading Sunglasses vs. Bifocal Sunglasses: Which is Better?

When you were a kid, choosing the right pair of sunglasses basically meant choosing between brown lenses and black lenses. As an adult, the choices are much more varied. Not only are there a variety of frames and lens styles, but there are also choices to make between non-corrective lenses, corrective reading glasses, and bifocal lenses. So, which sunglasses are best? 

The truth is that the right sunglasses for you depends on your lifestyle and how you plan to use your sunglasses. Let’s take a look at the different sunglasses options so you can determine which lens type is the perfect choice for your lifestyle. 

 

Heat Wave aviator Peepers sunglasses

 

Non-Corrective Polarized Sunglasses

When most people think about sunglasses, non-corrective lenses are what come to mind. These sunglasses are tinted but don’t magnify your vision in any way. If you have no vision problems whatsoever, non-corrective polarized sunglasses are the easy choice to make. However, even if you have presbyopia—the condition in which your close-up eyesight naturally deteriorates with age—you may find yourself choosing non-corrective polarized sunglasses over reading sunglasses or bifocal sunglasses depending on when you wear your sunglasses.

The point of reading glasses is to help with close-up vision. However, if you’re wearing sunglasses only when you’re taking walks with the family or playing at the park with your kids, you may not be worried about improving your close-up vision. If that’s the case, non-corrective polarized sunglasses may be the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

It is important to note that polarized lenses will affect your vision when looking at digital screens, which is something to keep in mind when you're shopping. Sunglasses with polarized lenses will give you superior glare protection, but they will make it much harder to read your smartphone.

 

Cat-eye green tortoise reading sunglasses by Peepers

 

Reading Sunglasses

Just like regular reading glasses, reading sunglasses are fully magnified. This means that they’re not meant to be worn while driving or looking across long distances.

However, if you’re the type of person who likes to spend a few hours reading a book outside, reading sunglasses can be a game changer. You can stay engrossed in your novel without limiting your field of vision in any way. Reading sunglasses are also ideal for people who do fine detail work outdoors, such as gardeners or sculptors.

 

Pink quartz bifocal sunglasses by Peepers

 

Bifocal Sunglasses

Bifocal sunglasses are a cross between non-corrective sunglasses and reading sunglasses. The top half of the lenses are non-corrective and the bottom half of the lenses are magnified for reading. 

Bifocal sunglasses are ideal for people who need to move quickly from looking at things up close to looking at things far away. For example, if you want to be able to read a menu and then look up and see your friend’s face, or if you're driving and need to glance between the road and the speedometer.

 

Two women wearing Peepers sunglasses

 

Choosing the Best Sunglasses for You

At the end of the day, there is no one type of sunglasses that is the best. Depending on your needs and how you plan to use your sunglasses, you may prefer readers, bifocals, or non-corrective polarized sunglasses. Some people even choose to have a few different pairs of sunglasses so they can pull out the perfect peepers for any occasion. 

Luckily, when you shop at Peepers, you don’t have to choose between form and function. Whether you’re shopping for non-corrective polarized lenses, readers, or bifocal sunglasses, you can find chic, wear-anywhere styles to complement your unique style in our comprehensive collection of sunglasses