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Do you wear glasses? I do. I was cruising along just fine until one of those big birthdays ending in zero and then I felt like my vision deteriorated literally overnight.

I can see things that are far away just fine but cannot read anything up close without glasses. So I have to wear progressives, which are lenses with a strength that “progresses” from weak at the top to very strong at the bottom.


You may be the opposite. Maybe you can see up close but not far away.

The good thing for those of us who need to wear progressive lenses is that they no longer look like the bifocals of old with that dreaded “line” on the lower half of the lenses and the visibly thicker magnification at the bottom. Nothing says old like those. :)

So I don’t know what I would do if I had to wear glasses that look like that. I’m so glad progress has been made in designing glasses so that it’s not so obvious that you are wearing progressive lenses.

But if you wear glasses you know that by the time you get the prescription and the frames you want, it can get very costly.

I try to pick out frames that go with lots of looks but sometimes you just want to change things up. Or maybe also want progressive sunglasses. Buying multiple pairs of prescription glasses and/or sunglasses can be cost-prohibitive.

If you need glasses to read, buying nonprescription readers doesn’t really work because they are the same strength throughout the entire lens. So if you don’t need magnification to see things at a distance, this can make far away things look blurry.

So you have to wear them perched down on your nose to use just for reading. I don’t know about you, but I somehow feel like Benjamin Franklin when I do this. He’s very cool and all, but I don’t really feel the need to look like a Founding Father. :)


Thankfully, there are now nonprescription progressive lenses available and they are very affordable. This makes it possible to have multiple pairs of progressive glasses without incurring the huge cost of prescription lenses.

One company with lots of options is Peepers. Most styles they carry are under $50 and they allow you a 90-day return period to allow your eyes time to adjust to wearing progressives.

If some of these frames look familiar, they are an Oprah favorite and no one has a stronger eyewear game than she does. :)

If you have a finicky prescription, these nonprescription options may not be a perfect solution, but they are great for an inexpensive pair to match an outfit or if you just want to do something different.

They have some great features:

  • Blue Light Technology that filters up to 63% of visible blue light
  • Polycarbonate lenses that are lightweight for all-day wear
  • Anti-Reflective Coating to reduce reflections and glare
  • Hydrophobic Coating that resists oils, smudges and repels water and moisture


You can choose strengths from 1.0 to 3.0, and sometimes even 3.5 depending on the style.

And you can do virtual try-ons from their website.

I have this pair and really like how I can wear them with brown and blue outfits.

progressive lenses


If you only need readers, they have those too.


And blue-light reading glasses. Blue-light lenses help reduce eye strain, especially if you do a lot of work on the computer.

progressive lenses


If you’re looking for sunglasses, they have those too.

progressive lenses

These are great because you don’t have to sacrifice good vision while wearing sunglasses. You can choose the strength of these lenses.

There are so many styles to choose from, and you can refine your search by adding filters for colors, frame shape, width, etc.

There are even quite a few styles of Peepers available on Amazon.

So if you are looking for a way to add variety to your eyewear but thought you couldn’t do it because you wear progressive lenses, check out Peepers!

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Nonprescription Progressive Lenses





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