Fifty Shades of Reading Glasses

When I was in my early 40’s, I suddenly realized my arms were no longer long enough to hold a book out so I could read it. It dawned on me that I would have to break down and buy some reading glasses. I didn’t even know where to find them so I asked a friend at work. She directed me to the pharmacy. I spent about 30 minutes figuring out which ones were the right strength and wound up buying some ugly little wire rimmed 1.25’s. I dropped them on a tile floor about two weeks later, so another friend suggested I buy a three-pack at Costco.

My basket of reading glasses

My basket of reading glasses

It didn’t take long for me to realize I needed a pair of glasses for every room, and more importantly, for every outfit!  Fifteen years later, reading glasses are one of my wardrobe staples and I have them to match everything from jammies to formal wear.  I keep them in a basket (pictured here), centrally located in a hallway so I always have a pair handy when not already on my head. Yes, sometimes I forget they are on the top of my head and I have been known to wear two pair on those occasions. I even keep a pair of readers just outside the shower so I can decipher the itty bitty fonts of directions on the back of the shampoo bottle. And now I have graduated to 2.00 or 2.25, depending on font size.

My pretty new Borghese readers

My pretty new Borghese readers

Recently, I was delighted to receive a free sample of some new Borghese readers from Icon Eyewear. And this time, by way of a product review for this blog, I’m also delighted to say they are fabulous – fashionable, light weight, crystal clear lenses and way cool frames with a kind of metal animal print on the sides. I wish I had them on the plane to Hawaii last year when I was reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” on my iPad – they are that hot! Speaking of planes, several years ago I left my reading glasses in an office after an out-of-town business appointment. I had some papers and a new book to read on the flight home, but when I sat down at the airport, I realized my glasses were not in my purse. I went back to some of the stores lining the terminals, but nobody carried reading glasses. Last week on a flight from Detroit to California, I found fashionable readers in almost every store!  Apparently Boomer travelers like me are scooping up reading glasses in a big way.

What kinds of reading glasses do you love? Do you have more than one pair? Are you as impressed as I am that they are not only fashionable, like my new ones from Borghese, but they are available everywhere? I’d love to know if I’m the only one with a basket full!

Shannon Ingram
Shannon is a co-founder of An expert in the field of marketing to Boomers, seniors and family caregivers, she is the author of "The Heart Way - A Journey from Corporate to Care" about her experience of caring for her elderly parents. She is Vice President of Industry Marketing for and an active supporter of UCI MIND, the University of California Irvine's Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders. She considers her most important title to be "Granny Shanny" and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her two grandchildren.

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  1. Nice write, Shannie. I must say my first day in contact lenses rates right up there in the visionary enlightenment category with my training wheel readers. Oh…and I still have a drawer filled with reading glasses of every magnification known to woman–those for reading in bed without contacts; reading in dim light with contacts; watching tv without contacts; glasses left by guests that may suit other guests; those that may have those pesky little screws that are not universal and hard to find…

  2. Hi Mariannie…Happy to see you here! Do you suppose I left some glasses at your home last time I visited?! Probably! Thanks for the comment!

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