Eye Candy

Eye Candy

My daughter says it’s an addiction. I say I need options.

Borghese_ReadersI’m talking about my vast collection of “cheaters,” those small colorful magnifying lens glasses available on the endcap of your local grocery, or drug store. I started using them when my arms became too short to read the small print on my phone, or a menu, or book… or just about anything.

They’re cheap, so every time I pass the kaleidoscopic display, I’m so dazzled I pick up a pair. I’ve got a couple in my nightstand, some blue ones in the kitchen, a purple pair in my desk drawer at work, and a beat up pair of zebra striped ones in my purse, not to mention the one or two that always end up on my head. I can’t seem to have enough of these necessary, but vibrant accessories. The problem is, they work, but they don’t always fit. They’re either too tight, or too loose, or the ear pieces are uneven making them sit cockeyed on my nose. It seems I’m always in search of the perfect mix of style and comfort.

This all changed when I was offered an opportunity to try out and review a pair of Borghese readers from Icon Eyewear. In exchange for writing a blog post explaining what I liked most about them, I would receive a free pair. I was skeptical, but I volunteered to give them a try.

When I received the package, the first thing I noticed was the fact that they were pretty cool looking, with quality details you don’t normally find on the ones available at the grocery store. When I put them on, I noticed that the lenses were also much clearer than the ones I was used to. Granted, the mass produced cheaters I usually buy probably had been tried on and dropped about a hundred times before I ever got my grubby hands on them, so anything new would have been an improvement. But the thing I noticed and really appreciated most, was that they FIT REALLY WELL. I could wear these lovely readers for long periods of time without the usual resulting headache from the earpiece being too tight, or from looking through the lenses with a slightly tilted view.

I can now read my book, or email, or even menus for hours on end, and at a comfortable distance, using my new Borghese readers, and look mighty stylish to boot! I may still feed what my daughter calls an addiction by adding new styles and colors to my readers wardrobe, but now, I think I’ll put quality over quantity.


  • Posted February 26, 2013 6:38 pm 0Likes
    by Sharon Greenthal

    Good to know these are worth it. I have prescription readers, but keep the drug store variety all over the place for those “where are my glasses”? moments.

    • Posted February 26, 2013 8:26 pm 0Likes
      by lindalla

      They should all have an RFID tag!

  • Posted February 26, 2013 6:57 pm 0Likes
    by Smalltown Me

    My husband has about 4 pairs of the drugstore kind. One near the computer, one in the car, one at his desk, and one in the lab where he spends a lot of time. Since I wear my progressives all the time, I never run the risk of losing them.

    • Posted February 26, 2013 8:27 pm 0Likes
      by lindalla

      I just can’t seem to stop taking them off and laying them down!

  • Posted February 26, 2013 7:41 pm 0Likes
    by suburbancorrespondent

    I am so jealous of the people who can use the cheap drugstore kind – I love the different styles! My 2 eyes are so different from each other that I always have to get a special prescription and am stuck with one boring set of glasses for a few years.

    • Posted February 26, 2013 8:30 pm 0Likes
      by lindalla

      What you need would be two different powers available separately in a pair of glasses that come apart in the middle like the dude had in Wild Hogs!

  • Posted February 26, 2013 8:15 pm 0Likes
    by afterthekidsleave

    Short arms. It’s an epidemic, I tell you. :)

    • Posted February 26, 2013 8:30 pm 0Likes
      by lindalla

      LOL! I know right?

  • Posted February 26, 2013 8:21 pm 0Likes
    by DD

    Lots of glaases around the house … but not a drop of wine!!!! ;)

    • Posted February 26, 2013 8:25 pm 0Likes
      by lindalla

      Good news! For once, there’s rum! XOXO

  • Posted February 26, 2013 8:31 pm 0Likes
    by Ginger Kay

    I need prescription glasses, but my husband uses the readers. I should check into these for him.

    • Posted February 26, 2013 8:35 pm 0Likes
      by lindalla

      Do! They seem to be pretty great and I’m sure they make them in men’s styles too!

  • Posted February 27, 2013 3:24 pm 0Likes
    by Karen (formerly kcinnova)

    I have at least 5 (um… maybe 8?) pair running around my house. The Costco version (3-pack) definitely fit better than the drugstore variety. I’m curious how the ones you tried would compare.

    What you need is an eyeglass leash! I make them, if you want to special order one. (There’s a badge on my blog.) But of course, you can find them in your own city as well. :)

  • Posted March 3, 2013 9:26 pm 0Likes
    by Grandy

    I have to wear my glasses all the time, but I do think some of the readers are super cute!! :)

    • Posted March 6, 2013 5:35 am 0Likes
      by lindalla

      They still call to me when I pass, but comfort beats cute … at least most of the time! Great to hear from you Grandy.

  • Posted March 5, 2013 10:46 am 0Likes
    by Lori Lavender Luz

    Are these the ones you can get through Costco? I’ve been considering them, and your review makes me even more interested.

    • Posted March 6, 2013 5:33 am 0Likes
      by lindalla

      I’m not a Costco member, but I imagine you could get them there! Super comfy!

Add Your Comment

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.