Where To Buy Wide Fit Reading Glasses [Updated]

If you have a wider than average size head, it can be a challenge whenever you go out searching for glasses. Whether it be prescription glasses or even over-the-counter reading glasses. For me, I always had trouble finding frames for my prescription glasses, and most of the time I end up just sticking with the same frames just because they worked and I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a frame that fits.

For individuals with presbyopia that need reading glasses, it isn’t any different. If you can’t find a frame that fits your head correctly then it could lead to a tight fit around the nose, squeeze your head too tight, or an uncomfortable fit around your ears. In local stores, you are not only limited by the range of power they carry but also the sizes, and it is nearly impossible to find reading glasses for wide heads. But thanks to the internet, there are now many different options for you to choose from. Below you will find a list that I compiled for you of not only readers but sunglass readers, bifocal readers, as well as bifocal sunglass readers all designed with a wider than average fit.

Wide Fit Readers

The Dean

The Dean ReadersFIND THE DEAN HERE

Frame Size: Width-140mm Bridge-20mm Temple-142mm | Frame Fit: Wide | Adjustable Nosepads: No | Material: Plastic

This frame is perfect for anyone that needs a wide frame but wants that classic wayfarer look. It comes equipped with spring hinges for added flexibility on the hinges, and a molded plastic nosepiece for added comfort.

You can get this frame in three different color options, black, brown and tortoise. Available in the power ranges between +1.00 up to +5.50. Going up in increments of +0.25 between +1.00 to +4.00, and going up increments of +0.50 between +4.00 to +5.50.

The Ernest

The Ernest ReadersFIND THE ERNEST HERE

Frame Size: Width-139mm Bridge-18mm Temple-140 | Frame Fit: Wide | Adjustable Nosepads: No | Material: Plastic

This is a timeless classic design with metal studs on the front to add a little kick of style to the frames. This lightweight design with spring hinges and a molded plastic nosepiece is sure to provide you with the comfort you need for long reading sessions.

You can purchase this frame in three different color options, black, tortoise, and clear. Available in the power ranges between +1.00 up to +6.00. Going up in increments of +0.25 between +1.00 to +4.00, and going up in increments of +0.50 between +4.00 to +6.00.

The Hank

The Hank ReadersFIND THE HANK HERE

Frame Size: Width-138mm Bridge-20mm Temple-130mm | Frame Fit: Wide | Adjustable Nosepads: No | Material: Metal/Plastic

This pair is a perfect frame for anyone looking for that simple rectangle look. This mixed material frame is lightweight and has a molded nosepiece for extra comfort.

You can purchase this frame in three different color options, matte green, matte tortoise, and matte black. Available in the power range between +1.00 up to +4.00. Going up in increments of +0.25 between +1.00 to +3.50, and going up in increments of +0.50 between +3.50 to +4.00.

The Lynwood

The Lynwood ReadersFIND THE LYNWOOD HERE

Frame Size: Width-138mm Bridge-23mm Temple-128mm | Frame Fit: Wide | Adjustable Nosepads: Yes | Material: Metal

People ask me about this style of frames all the time but I never knew where to find them, until now. This half frame pair of reading glasses is designed for those who do not want to take their reading glasses on and off to be able to see far. This frame is perfect for anyone who likes to look over the top of their reading glasses to see far but wants to be able to simply look down and read. This frame comes with adjustable nosepads for a better fit, and spring hinges for added flexibility.

You can purchase this frame in two different color options, grey, and gold. Available in the power range between +1.00 up to +6.00. Going up in increments of +0.25 between +1.00 to +4.00, and going up in increments of +0.50 between +4.00 to +6.00.

Wide Fit Reading Sunglasses

The Silas

The Silas Sunglass ReadersFIND THE SILAS HERE

Frame Size: Width-138mm Bridge-23 Temple-139 | Frame Fit: Wide | Adjustable Nosepads: No | Material: Plastic/Metal

Want to be able to read outdoors? This pair of sunglasses has fully magnified lenses so you can protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun as well as be able to fully read with the entire lens. This frame has a metal bridge design but has a molded plastic nosepiece for comfort.

You can purchase this frame in four different color combinations, Black with Smoke Lenses, Tortoise with Amber lenses, Tortoise with Smoke Lenses, and Black with Amber Lenses. Available in the power range between +1.00 up to +4.00, and going up in increments of +0.25

The Cancun

The Cancun Sunglass ReadersFIND THE CANCUN HERE

Frame Size: Width-137mm Bridge-23mm Temple-140mm | Frame Fit: Wide | Adjustable Nosepads: No | Material: Plastic

This pair of readers gives you that eye-catching classic wayfarer look combined with fully magnified reading lenses so you are able to read when you are by the beach or pool. This frame is all plastic with a molded nosepiece for extra comfort.

You can purchase this frame in two different color combinations, Black with Smoke Lenses, and  Tortoise with Smoke lenses. Available in the power range between +1.00 up to +3.50. Going up in increments of +0.25 between +1.00 to +3.00, and going up in increments of +0.50 between +3.00 to +3.50.

Wide Fit Bifocal Readers

The Stenson

The Stenson Bifocal ReadersFIND THE STENSON HERE

Frame Size: Width-146mm Bridge-18mm Temple-125mm | Frame Fit: Very Wide | Adjustable Nosepads: Yes | Material: Metal

These bifocal readers are a retro-inspired aviator shaped frame with a double bridge and are sure to bring you a blast from the past. This metal frame comes equipped with adjustable nosepads for a customizable fit, and spring hinges for additional flexibility.

You can purchase this frame in four different color options, Grey, Silver, Bronze, and Gold. Available in the power range between +1.00 up to +4.00. Going up in increments of +0.25 between +1.00 to +3.50, and going up in increments of +0.50 between +3.50 to +4.00.

Wide Fit Bifocal Reading Sunglasses

The Legacy

The Legacy Bifocal Sunglass ReadersFIND THE LEGACY HERE

Frame Size: Width-137mm Bridge-18mm Temple-128mm | Frame Fit: Wide | Adjustable Nosepads: Yes | Material: Metal

This pair of aviator sunglasses if fully equipped to have you looking great as well as be able to see things up close. With the bifocal lenses, you can keep your glasses on when you need to look far and easily look down to read, making it great for everyday use.

You can purchase this frame in two different color options, Grey with Smoke lenses and Gold with Amber lenses. Available in the power range between +1.00 up to +4.00. Going up in increments of +0.25 between +1.00 to +3.50, and going up in increments of +0.50 between +3.50 to +4.00.

The Radley [Polarized]

The Radley Sunglass Bifocal ReadersFIND THE RADLEY HERE

Frame Size: Width-137mm Bridge-19mm Temple-120mm | Frame Fit: Wide | Adjustable Nosepads: No | Material: Plastic

This super popular pair of sporty sunglasses not only has bifocals so that you can read, but these lenses are polarized lenses. For those of you who like to go fishing or spend the day around the lake where glare can be intense, a pair of polarized bifocal sunglasses is the way to go.

You can purchase this frame in two different color options, Black with Amber, and Black with Smoke. Available in the power range between +1.50 up to +3.00, and going up in increments of +0.50. Not all colors are available in all powers.

The Sherlock [Polarized]

The Sherlock Sunglass Bifocal ReadersFIND THE SHERLOCK HERE

Frame Size: Width-138mm Bridge-17mm Temple-125 | Frame Fit: WIde | Adjustable Nosepads: Yes | Material: Metal

This is another popular pair of sunglasses that are polarized to help fight off all the glare from the sun but equipped with bifocals to help to see up close. This pair of sunglasses is designed with a wrap-around design to help shield your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun.

You can purchase this frame in three different color options, Gold with Amber lenses, Grey with Amber lenses, and Grey with Smoke lenses. Available in the power range between +1.50 up to +3.00, and going up in increments of +0.50. Not all colors are available in all powers.

The Everglade

The Everglade Bifocal Sunglass ReadersFIND THE EVERGLADE HERE

Frame Size: Width-139mm Bridge-21mm Temple-142mm | Frame Fit: Wide | Adjustable Nosepads: Yes | Material: Metal/Plastic

This pair gives you that stylish retro browline shape frame with lenses that offer you protection from the harmful UV rays from the sun, while still giving you the ability to read. This mixed material frame has adjustable nosepads for a better fit, and spring hinges for extra flexibility.

You can purchase this frame in two different color options, Black with Smoke Lenses, and Tortoise with Smoke lenses. Available in the power range between +1.00 up to +4.00, and going up in increments of +0.25.

How To Find The Right Power

Most of you that use reading glasses already have a general idea of what reading power you need. If you happen to be someone that just woke up one day and found out that you are having trouble reading fine print close up than there are a number of ways that you are able to determine your reading power.

  • Have an Eye Exam Done – It is recommended that you have an eye exam done at the very minimum once every two years. Regardless if you have trouble seeing or not, having a routine eye exam done can detect hidden health concerns such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and much more. Having an eye exam would also determine if you are even able to use over-the-counter reading glasses, your doctor will let you know what power you can use. This isn’t a guarantee though, you may not be able to use readers and might need prescription glasses.
  • Reading Chart – Over at Readers.com, they have a printable reading chart that you could use to determine what your reading power it. You would print out the chart and hold the piece of paper at a normal reading distance of 14″ away from your face. Without any glasses or contacts on you would try to read each line of text. When you find a line of text that you are able to read, right next to that line is the reading power you need. If you are unable to read the entire chart then you should definitely get an eye exam done, you more than likely will need prescription glasses.
  • Try On Some – As a last resort you can always just go to your local retail store and grab some readers and try some on until you find a power that works for you. But, if you go through all the available powers and can’t find one that works then your going to have to get an exam with the doctor.

Those are the few options you could use to figure out what your reading prescription is. The power that you need might be determined by the distance you will be reading at. The reading power that you need to look at a computer screen that is further away from you will be different from the reading power for something closer. If you are trying to see something further away you will need less power, and things closer you will need more power. Check out the video below brought you us by ReneesREADERS that explains how to find your reading power, take a look.

I definitely recommend to just have your routine eye exam done, and if you are a candidate that is able to use readers your doctor will let you know.

Also, it is important to remember if you are using over-the-counter readers and you are experiencing a headache after wearing them for a certain period of time, I recommend to have an exam done as you actually might actually need prescription glasses with your correct power.

What is Presbyopia? What Causes it?

Presbyopia is a very common condition in which you have trouble focuses on objects that are close to you. This condition occurs with age and generally starts showing up around the time you reach your 40s. This is a condition that happens toEye Diagram everyone, even for those who have never had vision issues before in the past. Individuals who are nearsighted will have issues with their up-close vision when they have their glasses or contacts on and may need to go with a bifocal or progressive lens. Whenever this condition starts to show up, you will notice yourself having issues focusing up close, whenever you move whatever you are reading further away things clear up. This only works for so long and eventually, you will need to wear glasses.

Presbyopia is caused by the hardening of the lens of your eyes. The lens in your eyes are generally flexible and will relax or constrict depending on whether you are looking at something at a distance, or looking at something up close. As you age, your lens loses this flexibility, and as a result, causes the loss of focusing on anything up close. Age is the single biggest factor in Presbyopia, but individuals with medical conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or cardiovascular diseases could increase your risk for of having presbyopia before the age of 40.

Takeaway

I hope I was able to provide you with some valuable information. Above are some great options for readers you should definitely take a look at. Depending on your lifestyle, maybe you might need a clear pair as well as a pair of sunglasses. If you don’t find a style above that you like, or perhaps looking for a different power, head over to Readers.com for their complete collection of wide fit reading glasses.

As always thank you all for stopping by and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop a comment below and I will get back to you. If you enjoyed our article, feel free to share the article on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

About Huy Le ABOC, NCLEC 117 Articles
Huy has been working in eye care for the last 10 years as an Optician, and Optical manager. He is coming to you as an expert in the field, as well as a long time eyewear user. He is bringing his expertise and unbias opinion on optical technology, frame styling, contact lenses, and eye health. He is on a mission to educate the world about the importance of eye health, as well as provide everyone with helpful tips to save money on all your eye care needs.Huy is certified by the American Board of Opticianry as well as the National Contact Lens Examiners and is a State Licensed Optician in the state of California. Huy is the founder of EyeHealthHQ.com and is currently an Optician in Los Angeles, CA.

4 Comments

  1. This is a wonderful article. This article is the one I was looking for. I am looking to buy a glass for my friend this Christmas and this article had a lot of top choices to choose one. I finally decided to go with the Dean one because it has a precise design that my friend likes. Moreover it has nose piece added to it which is awesome.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  2. You know, I never thought about glasses being made for people with wider heads. I guess it makes sense that not everyone’s head is the same.

    I’m just used to getting glasses and never having an issue with them fitting in that way.So as I read about the different glasses here, I’m wondering if these have to be made as a special order?

    My other question is do clip on sunglasses fit these too?

    • Hi Rob, thanks for stopping by. Clip-on sunglasses might fit these but from my experience it really varies depending on the manufacture of the clip-on. Some of them make wider clip-ons and some don’t. 

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