Up until the age of 40, we all feel invincible! We then start getting the odd ache and pain. One thing that also changes, and people seem to just put up with the gradual decline, is our eyesight when reading things up close. Holding your phone or food packaging a little further away does help but it's a real sign you're ready for reading glasses.

Here are the most common signs that your eyes may be telling you it's time for reading glasses:

Increased squinting: While occasional squinting is normal, excessive squinting while reading or looking at screens could indicate that your eyes are fatigued and strained. 

Frequent headaches: If you find yourself getting headaches regularly, it could be due to eye strain from prolonged periods of screen time or reading. Pay attention to when these headaches occur.

Difficulty with close-up vision: If you're having trouble reading close-up objects, like your phone or book, it might be a sign of presbyopia, which is the gradual loss of the eyes' ability to focus on nearby objects.
Blurry eyesight: Frequent eye rubbing or the need to refocus your eyes regularly could be a sign that reading glasses are necessary.

Difficulty in low-light conditions: If you find yourself frequently turning on lights to read or struggling to see in dimly lit areas, reading glasses could be beneficial. As we age, our eyes' ability to adapt to different lighting conditions may change.

Don't be fooled, just as an fyi.

Most eyewear frames ever made end up in landfill. The reason being they're made of different materials—metal hinges, screws, plastic frames—all bolted and glued together. You can't recycle items that are mixed, which equals landfill.

Good Citizens frames, hinges, and arms are all made in Sydney from the same plastic type. Not only that, but our modular system means you can swap and repair all parts. Every part is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable at the end of life. Send them back, and we'll reuse the plastic.

Be very wary of the bio-plastic/acetate hype

If another brand tells you their sunglasses or reading glasses frames are bio based and they'll decompose if you bury them, ask them how. 

1. Do they seperate all the frame parts into seperate piles (metal, plastic)? If no then = landfill.
2. Do they use an industrial composter machine? If no then = landfill.

Sadly and quite rightly so, industrial composter’s won't cross-contaminate and won't add frames to the mix, that small amount of contaminated frame material can effect the certification required for their compost.


Hop onto our shop and explore our full range of stylish and sustainable 100% recycled reading glasses. 

Remember, taking care of your eyes is essential, and with the right reading glasses, you can read comfortably and know you're playing your part in untrashing the planet.

Each pair of glasses purchased does the following good for the planet:
3.5 plastic bottles are used to make the frame, case, and cloth.
10kg of CO2 is locked away forever (Certified via C2Zero).
Half a kilo of trash or equivalent to 25 plastic bottles is stopped from reaching the oceans (Certified by PlasticBank).

Visit our shop page to check out our full range made in Sydney.

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