Reading Glasses and opera

Reading Glasses and Opera

Reading glasses and Opera can be a passionate mix of drama, colour, joy, life, love and solely in the case of Opera sometimes tragedy and death. Reading glasses have been worn in London by the great Opera composers. Lets take a look at one and then explore our range of dramatic reading glasses you will want to take to the Opera to read your program with.

A trip to Lucca and Puccini`s reading glasses.

Judith and I love to travel and often  to Italy. We both have a love of Opera and in particular the Opera`s of Puccini so it was a no brainer to take a trip to Lucca home of the great composer. At the time there was a Puccini festival. We booked tickets to see Madame Butterfly on the lake. We decided to make a day of it and left the Hotel Villa Principessa where we were staying and  drove to Torre Del Lago.

Torre del Lago is a village in the municipality of Viareggio, in the province of Lucca, and here Giacomo Puccini lived for 30 years. It was here, in his house on the lake, that he wrote his major works, including Tosca (1900), Madame Butterfly (1904), La Fanciulla del West (1910), La Rondine (1917) and another favourite of ours Il Trittico (1918).

Not far from his house stands the spectacular open-air theatre which each year welcomes the biggest names in international Opera and we very fortunately would be among the people that evening to watch Madame Butterfly.

On the promenade of the lake stands the Villa Puccini Museum which was the house in which Puccini lived. We were able to join a small group of like minded people and took a tour of the house. You might be asking where reading glasses come into this. Well on the tour we passed Puccini`s desk where he wrote his Master pieces and there on the desk was his Reading Glasses !

After an early evening meal at the aptly named Madame Butterfly restaurant we went to watch the Opera and despite quite heavy rain enjoyed every minute of it and then drove back to our hotel.

What reading glasses would you wear for the Opera?

We believe at Funkyreaders that we have the answer for you. An Italian brand that we partner with called Doubleice from Treviso in Northern Italy near Venice.

Doubleice reading glasses

For the Ladies look no further than the Velvet Collection and Panthera. Both are dramatic, sophisticated and exciting.

Panthera reading glasses for the Opera.

Panthera come in 8 colours. Sage green ( as per the photograph above), turtle. violet ( which is a great colour for the Opera), white-grey, blue, red, yellow and of course black!


Frame length 150mm

Lens depth 55mm

Temple length 145mm.

Browse the collection and buy some now for the Opera season ahead.

Velvet reading glasses for the Opera

Velvet reading glasses for the opera

Velvet reading glasses are made for evenings at the Opera. Our collection have so many colours that you will be spoilt for choice so rather than go on about them I invite you to look at the collection for yourself. Both men and women will be at home with velvet and in particular red and black velvet.

Bridge reading glasses for men at the opera.

Bridge reading glasses for men at the Opera

Bridge is a suitably Italian design in Black and made for trendy cool men.


Strengths +1-+3

Temples 145mm

Frame 140mm 

Lens depth 50 mm..

I hope that you have enjoyed this trip to the Opera. Enjoy our products and if you would like to please post a review on Google good or bad.

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Reading Glasses

Reading glasses are like ageing you cant stop the march of time and a time will come when you will need reading glasses.

This is nothing to worry about. The condition is called presbyopia.

This condition usually starts in your 40`s and is a change in the lens in the eye and makes it more difficult to see close up and smaller print.

As we get older the condition can worsen. If you are at all cocerned you should make an appointment to see your optician.

In most people there is no problem other than long sightedness

This problem can usually be solved by non prescription reading glasses.

The strength of the magnification will increase with age but it is likely that you start with a low power in your 40`s and end up with a higher power in your 60`s.

You can buy non prescription glasses  of all strengths on our website.


The powers readily available vary from +1 to +3.5 and will increase in steps of +0.5 dioptres.

You can usually find the strength on the arm of the glasses or on the lens.

+1 is the weakest strength of magnification and +3.5 the highest.

Typically by age 40 to 50 year olds might need strengths +1-+1.5.

Age 51 to 55 +1.5 to +2

Age 56-60 +2

Age 61-65 +2.5 -+3

You should generally try them on before buying to ensure they are not too strong for you. If for instance you thought you needed a +2 and it felt blurry go back to a weaker strength say +1.5. The strengths should be comfortable on your eyes and give clear magnified vision.

You should also consider  buying a number of different strengths depending on what you need them for. For instance you might normally be a +1.5 but do close up needle work and would benefit from a stronger magnification say +3..

If you do a lot of computer work consider buying computer screen reading glasses. They will give you magnification and protection from 40% of the blue light.

You can buy screen glasses here.

Once you have decided on your strength the next step is to choose a frame.


A person with a smaller face would suit a small frame that was either round or rectangular

If you have an oval shaped face a larger round frame might be right for you.

For larger faces a classic rectangular  or a trapezium shape might suit you.


Some people like a simple but practical ready reader. Something that you can take on and off and are robust. We sell a brand called I Need You from Hamburg that have a style called hangovers. They are unisex glasses. They are called hangovers not because they give you one but they have longer arms that give a comfortable and secure fit around your face. They also are able to be hung from your neck when not wearing them to read.

If you like fashion then we would recommend 2 brands Izipizi from France and Doubleice from Italy.


If you want cheap and ordinary ready readers you can find them at any supermarket. We are not cheap and boring but we are also not expensive. We sell fashion brands from Europe and the UK. The glasses we sell are good quality and durable. We have a no quibbles returns policy of 28 days. Purchases are despatched the same day by Royal Mail 1st class signed for. There are no postage charges for purchases over £35 in the UK. We ship worldwide providing tracking number. So if you are looking for reading glasses please shop here.

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We Provide Reading Strengths From +1 -+3.5. You Will Find All Kinds Of Styles And Types Such As Computer Blue Light Filters Along With Fabulous Fashion Brands From Across Europe.

We Despatch Your Glasses The Same Day Of Purchase And Offer Free Shipping In The UK On Orders Over £35. Our Customers Generally Receive Their Reading Glasses The Next Day. 30 Days No Quibbles Return Policy Will Give You Confidence In Purchasing From Us.

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