Frequently asked questions reading glasses

Frequently Asked Questions

How do i select the correct power?

If your distance vision is zero or close to it, use the following guide based off an average 40cm reading distance:

Age 40 - 44 : +1.00

Age 45 - 49 : +1.50

Age 50 - 54 : +2.00

Age 55 +    : +2.50

If you are a small framed person and hold your reading material quite close then consider going up one strength. If you are a large framed person and hold your reading material quite far then consider going down a strength.

Bear in mind that computer screen distances vary as compared to reading material distances and you may want to consider two different powered readers.

If you do have a distance prescription you are welcome to e mail us the prescription to info@thereadersa.co.za and our in house optometrist can advise you further

What are the payment options?

Secure payment is made via Yoco, a leading online payment service provider that provides a safe, fast, simple and efficient payment process via credit card. Yoco accepts all major debit and credit cards

Do my readers come with a case?

Yes!  You will receive a complimentary case with each frame you purchase

What Dioptre strengths are available?

  • Our standard strengths are +1.00 / +1.50 / +2.00 / +2.50 /+3.00 / +3.50 for our regular reader styles as well as sun reader styles

  • Our Custom made acetate readers are standard with CR39 anti-reflective coated lenses and are available in all powers as well as in your own prescription . Should you require a personal prescription reader to be manufactured please e mail us at info@thereadersa.co.za and our in house registered optometrist and dispenser will assist you.

How do sun readers work and why aren’t they recommended for driving?

Our sun readers are the perfect solution for those who refuse to be the one at the beach wearing sunglasses over your readers. Please note that they are not designed for distance use and we do not recommend them being used for driving

Can I use The Reader frames for my prescription at my optometrist?

Our acetate line of readers are recommended to have prescription lenses fitted. These frames come with a year warranty on manufacturing faults and are extremely robust. Our acetate readers are easily adjustable at any optometrist. We do not advise fitting lenses in to our budget line of readers

What is your return policy?

All our readers have a 3 month warranty on manufacturing faults. If you are unhappy with your readers due to a manufacturing fault please email us at returns@thereadersa.co.za. Please note wear & tear or breakages is not covered by the warranty. Please note that you will be responsible for the cost of shipping of returned readers that do not have any manufacturing fault


If you find the strength ordered is not working for you please email us at returns@thereadersa.co.za within 7 days of receiving your readers indicating your order/invoice number, as well as your contact details and somebody from our customer service department, will get in touch to arrange an exchange.