A refined range of reading glasses consisting of frames from both our Core collection and seasonal Elements collection.
Proudly handmade in our Glasgow workshop, each frame front is precision machined from premium-grade cellulose acetate undergoing 8 stages of increasingly fine tumble and hand polishing. Via tradition pin-riveting, the 5-tenon hinges are permanently fastened through the 8mm thick acetate.
Bespoke to Banton Frameworks, we’ve fitted each frame with our signature uni-piece temple. A comfortable piece of tapering steel which has been durably finished in a hypoallergenic PVD coating.
Congruous to the quality of our frames, your prescription lenses will come with anti-scratch and anti-glare coatings at no extra cost.
HOW DO I USE THE VIRTUAL MIRROR?
Click “Try on” beside any of our reading glasses frames.
A window will appear where you’ll see a ‘LIVE’ option. Click LIVE and adjust your head to fit within the orange head-template. The glasses should appear on your face, just like magic.
For more detailed instructions, click here.
WHY SHOULD I BUY THESE GLASSES?
Some love them, others hate them.
Heck, we’ve even been told they’re “all the same shape.” So yea, our frames aren’t for everyone.
But if you’re looking for timeless glasses, in classic colourways, you're in the right place. Frames that’ve been designed well, made well in the UK. It's what we do here.
Sure, they’re thick, robust and even slightly heavy. But that’s everything we intended when we began making glasses.
The way they should be.
WHAT GLASSES SUIT ME?
Finding glasses to suit your face shape can be a little daunting right?
To make things easier, we’ve made you a helpful face shape guide. It’s free, downloadable and should help you find your perfect pair of reading glasses.
You can thank us later.
Reading a restaurant menu or browsing the news, you’ll want some reading glasses that’ll suit you. Properly.
Your best bet is to choose a frame that’ll suit your face shape, because let’s face it, it’s not changing anytime soon.
For some friendly advice, check out this handy guide about choosing glasses for your face shape.
FROM THE HANDS THAT MADE THEM
We make design and make reading glasses, right here in Glasgow, UK. It’s a rare thing.
Using the finest cellulose acetate and bespoke metal components, each of our spectacle frames are handmade in our workshop.
DO YOU ACTUALLY MAKE THESE GLASSES?
We certainly do. Because we’re not just another eyewear brand.
Ours are made right here in Glasgow, Scotland.
But to make you great glasses, we have to use great ingredients. Which is why we only use Europe’s best quality acetate and our own bespoke hardware to make all our frames.
It’s taken a while to learn how to do all this, but you can see for yourself how we design and make our glasses right here in the UK.
DO YOU ONLY MAKE ACETATE GLASSES?
Yup. It’s taken the better part of a decade to learn to use this amazing material. Rather than become a jack of all trades, we’ve focused on high quality acetate frames in timeless frame-shapes.
Oh, and acetate is a bio-plastic made of plant fibre. Which means it can biodegrade.
DO YOU MAKE LTD EDITION GLASSES?
Oh yes. Once a month, we release short runs of limited edition spectacles and sunglasses. To access them, you should join our Members Club newsletter. You won’t regret it.
CAN YOU ADJUST MY GLASSES?
Yes we can. After you’ve tried your reading glasses at home, let us know if they need a little tweaking.
Sometimes your frame will need widening or narrowing for your head. The temples may need a little adjusting too. Be descriptive with your requirements so we can do the best job we can.
If your glasses need further adjusting, you can follow this handy guide at home.
ARE YOUR READING GLASSES ALL THE SAME SIZE?
Our reading glasses vary in size between different models. But each model only comes in one size.
For example, an A-model is bigger than a B-model. For now, this is how we make them but, in the future, our size-range will grow as our factory grows.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE OF GLASSES?
Take the easy route and check your old glasses for their sizing. These dimensions are usually printed on the inside of the temple or the frame-front.
They’ll be written in the order of lens diameter, bridge width and temple length. Eg: 52  18 145. You can compare this dimension to the sizes in each of our reading glasses.
DO YOU MAKE A THICKER GLASSES ARM?
Currently, we offer one shape of temple arm.
It’s a uni-piece design with very few components which makes it simple, understated and oh so smooth to wear.
It’s become our signature, something we really think you like. Our temple length is 145mm long which you can adjust to fit your head using these instructions.
I GET FREE LENS COATINGS?
Anti-scratch and anti-glare as standard. It’s the new standard. You’ll love it.
✓ Anti-scratch: Keeps your lenses lasting longer with this hardy lens coating. It reduces the build-up of scratches and scuffs to keep your lenses in good working order.
✓ Anti-glare: More light can pass through your lens, rather than bouncing off it. This yields better light efficiency giving you better visual acuity and contrast.
+ Add ultra blue light blocking? This coating can reduce the amount of HEV light emitted from digital screens that passes through your lenses. Chances are, you use a mobile phone or computer so this coating can come in real handy.
Discover the effects of blue light in our blog.
HOW DO I GET MY PUPILLARY DISTANCE?
This is super-easy.
Use this free PD ruler and instructions to measure it yourself. It only takes 5 minutes.
DO YOU ACCEPT EYECARE VOUCHERS?
We accept Edenred eyecare vouchers. If your employer wants you to provide a receipt of purchase and our regular receipt isn’t sufficient, get in touch and we can arrange this with you.
CAN YOU FIT MY READING LENSES?
Of course we can.
First, we’ll send your glasses to you containing display lenses.
After a few days, you can tell us if you like them or not using our handy returns form.
Then, you simply return your frame for lens fitting or for a refund. Your reading lenses will be fitted to your frame which will then be posted back to you.
Easy as that.
HOW LONG WILL MY READING LENSES TAKE TO FIT?
Depending on your prescription, ready-reader or prescription reading lenses can take between 5 - 10 working days to fully process.
To save us both time, we can order your reading lenses before you return your glasses back to us.
This way we can reduce your wait whilst as your lenses are being made.
ARE CHEAP READING GLASSES BAD FOR YOUR EYES?
Those other cheap ready readers are fitted with matching lens strengths. Yet, your eyes will likely require different lens powers.
This imbalance isn’t bad for your vision, but it does put extra strain on the weaker of your two eyes.
Over time, this can become taxing and potentially lead to eye strain which is why you might consider investing in some high-quality prescription reading glasses.
IS IT OK TO WEAR READING GLASSES ALL THE TIME?
Clue’s in the title. Reading glasses are for…reading.
Feel free to wear them all the time but they’ll only help close-distance vision within 35cm.
You won’t damage your eyes, but you might get a headache if you’re always looking through a reading lens. You’d be better with bifocal or varifocal glasses if you need to help with multi-distance focus.
Could've given you the sales-pitch. Instead, here’s the truth.
Unless your eyes require the same corrective lens power, prescription reading glasses are the best way to go.
They account for your pupillary distance and you can have the correct lens strength for each eye. To help your reading glasses last longer, ours come with free anti-glare and anti-scratch lens coatings.
Oh they’re also handmade from 8mm thick premium quality acetate, right here in the UK.
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU NEED READING GLASSES?
By middle age, your eye’s ciliary muscles begin to weaken.
These muscles are used to contract your eye’s crystalline lens to make you focus on things close-up.
Simultaneously, the crystalline lens in your eyes begins to harden which makes it even harder to contract and achieve focus.
This is called presbyopia which you can test yourself using this free close-reading test.
WHAT AGE IS APPROPRIATE FOR READING GLASSES?
Do yourself a favour and forget ‘appropriate.’
By about middle-age, you’re eye muscles will have began to weaken. But If you need reading glasses to see close-up, it doesn’t matter how old you are.
People of all ages can suffer with close-reading issues so you’re not alone.
To see if you need reading glasses, click here to get your free reading glasses strength test.
CAN I USE READING GLASSES FOR COMPUTER?
What does your computer screen like?
Unless you work with your face pressed against your screen, reading glasses won’t help, one, single, bit.
Screen work is considered as an ‘intermediate’ viewing distance which reading lenses aren’t suited for.
Your best bet is an intermediate lens type to use as your glasses for computer tasks.
IS IT OK TO USE READING GLASSES?
Using non-prescriptive reading eyeglasses is a good solution for mild presbyopia. This is a common condition starting at around the age of 40. Despite the myths, incorrectly powered reading eyeglasses will not damage your eyesight.
WHAT IS THE LOWEST PRESCRIPTION FOR READING GLASSES?
+1.00 dioptre is our lowest strength of reading glasses.
From there, the strength increases in 0.25 increments, right up to our maximum of +3.50.
However, depending on your location, reading eyeglasses in certain countries can stretch to a maximum strength of as much as 4 or 5 dioptres.
CAN READING GLASSES HELP WITH EYE STRAIN?
Yes and no.
If you use the correct dioptre of lens, reading glasses can help you read small text, preventing eye strain and headaches.
Alternatively, using the incorrect dioptre can do the opposite and worsen your ability to focus.
Take your free reading glasses strength test to understand the best lens power for you.
DO I NEED BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES?
Digital devices such as laptops, phones and tablets have been proven to emit damaging frequencies of light known as HEV, (high energy visible light.)
You can protect your eyes by adding an ultra blue light lens coating to your reading glasses.
This’ll make them into blue light blocking glasses which filter out these harmful frequencies.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT STRENGTH OF READING GLASSES?
Using this reading glasses test chart, you can determine the best strength of reading glasses lens that you’ll need.
Holding it at 35cm form your face, the first immediate line that appears blurry has the recommended dioptre strength associated with it.
SHOULD I GET PRESCRIPTION READING GLASSES?
For the extra investment, prescription reading lenses can make a world of difference. But why?
Most commonly, one of your eyes is weaker than the other.
And because prescription reading lenses are individually suited to each of your eyes, optical requirements, they get the right corrective power to help you focus clearly.
READING GLASSES LENS TYPES
There are two main types of reading lens.
Ready-reader lenses have matching dioptres which give your same lens-strength in each eye.
Alternatively, prescription reading lenses are individually tailored to each of your eyes. This option is more bespoke, but means your eyes are uniquely catered for by each lens.