Reading glasses VS Prescription glasses, Here's everything you need to know

published at 05 Aug 2022
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Is there a difference between reading glasses and prescription glasses?

Here’s everything you need to know.

As we become older, the quality of our vision deteriorates. It might be simple for someone who has worn eyeglasses since they were a child. On the other hand, if you’ve never had a vision problem, choosing the right eyeglasses from the thousands of products available can be confusing.


For first time eye glasses wearers, they have to choose between TWO types of corrective glasses; reading glasses and prescription glasses. While both can correct common visual problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, there are notable difference between them. Let us walk you through the main differences, so you can find the perfect eyewear for you!


Reading Glasses

  • Both lenses have the same prescription.
  • They are over-the-counter, ready-made items.
  • They are not made to correct visual issues, but rather to improve the wearer’s reading vision.
  • They are not suited for full-time use.
  • Eye exam is not required, but skipping the examination, you won’t be able to detect any potential eye conditions.
    Click here to see what is the cost of missing an eye exam.

Prescription Glasses

  • They are designed for a patient’s particular eyesight and eye shape.
  • They used to address almost any ailment.
  • An eye specialist must be consulted to receive an exact prescription.
  • Eye exam is required.

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