ThinOptics Reading Glasses with Pod Case

Last updated date: January 25, 2020

DWYM Score
7.9

ThinOptics Reading Glasses with Pod Case

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 45 expert reviews, the ThinOptics ThinOptics Reading Glasses with Pod Case placed 10th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 6, 2020:
Checkout The Best Reading Glasses for a detailed review of all the top reading glasses.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
10,602 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
And yet they stay so firm on your nose. The innovative flex-grip technology keep them gripped to any part of the nose, based on how you like to wear them.
- Hooked To Books
In addition to being smaller than the size of a credit card, these glasses are so lightweight you might just forget you have them on.
- Plumbar Oakland
So, when I heard about a pair of glasses so thin, they could actually attach to my phone case… I had to check it out. These glasses are just as thin as two credit cards and come in a neat equally as minute case. A case that can be attached to the back of most modern phone cases.
- NerdyBookGirl
That bridge between the lenses is made of “nitinol memory wire,” which Google tells me is a nickel-titanium alloy. It’s so flexible and strong, it can handle being bent in half.
- New York Mag
The best part about these glasses is the size and ultra-light weight. Instead of the Granny/Grandpa string glasses hanging around your neck, these are tucked away out of sight, and easily accessible when you need them.
- The Gadgeteer
I took ThinOptics with me on vacation to Maui in April/May 2017, and used them extensively. I found them to be well-made, the glass was clear, and the size convenient.
- Freakin Reviews
The ThinOptics bridge is remarkably adept at keeping the specs on your face without the need for traditional ear temples.
- PC World
If you’re always misplacing your reading glasses, these will make sure you never struggle to read the fine print: the foldable glasses hang from your keychain or sit in your wallet.
- The Verge
Even if, like me, you don’t have much of a bridge, the ThinOptics lenses hold on fairly well.
- TechHive
They look pretty neat, and so far most of the glances I’ve earned when wearing them have seemed positive.
- Forbes
I’m wearing my ThinOPTICS as I write this blog and I find them to be comfortable and easy to wear for long periods of time.
- Travel Nanna
You can easily slip the ThinOptics in their case into a pocket of most any kind, in the side pocket or strap pocket of a pack or in the tiniest of purses or bags.
- Hi Travel Tales
What experts didn't like
Minimalist frame not ideal for outdoor events
- Hooked To Books
While these are scratch ‘resistant’, it doesn’t mean that they will be able to survive hard falls.
- Plumbar Oakland
I have yet to wear my ThinOptics as my day-to-day reading glasses (they work in a pinch, but that pince-nez effect makes me look too much like my great-grandfather).
- New York Mag
Even though attaching the small case to the back of your phone adds slight amount of additional thickness (less than a quarter inch), to me the trade-off is worth it.
- Freakin Reviews
If you move around too much, the lenses could pop off—ditto if you happen to be a little sweaty from running for your train.
- TechHive
Don’t try it when you are really sweaty, either from activity or the heat. The glasses just slither right off the nose faster than a kid flying down a water slide.
- Hi Travel Tales

From The Manufacturer

Product includes the ThinOptics Reading Glasses & the Universal Pod case featuring non-residue adhesive to stick onto your phone/case or any other hard & flat surface. Optical-grade polycarbonate lenses (used for high-end prescription glasses) are shatter-proof, lighter than a nickel, and as thin as 2 credit cards. Ultra-flexible, titanium alloy (nitinol) bridge is 10x more elastic than steel springs and guaranteed to never break. Flex-fit technology synergizes titanium alloy's flexibility with independent-suspension nose pads, delivering a universally comfortable yet stable grip on any nose, up high or down low.

Overall Product Rankings

TruVision Readers Reading Glasses, 4-Pair
1. TruVision Readers Reading Glasses, 4-Pair
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 1
Kerecsen Ladies Reading Glasses, 5-Pair
2. Kerecsen Ladies Reading Glasses, 5-Pair
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 2
Success Eyewear Folding Reading Glasses, 2-Pair
3. Success Eyewear Folding Reading Glasses, 2-Pair
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 4
DOUBLETAKE Semi Rimless Reading Glasses, 2-Pack
5. DOUBLETAKE Semi Rimless Reading Glasses, 2-Pack
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 5
DOUBLETAKE Reading Glasses, 2-Pair
6. DOUBLETAKE Reading Glasses, 2-Pair
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 2
Gamma Ray Women’s Reading Glasses, 4-Pair
7. Gamma Ray Women’s Reading Glasses, 4-Pair
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 1
Eyekepper Men’s Reading Glasses, 5-Pair
8. Eyekepper Men’s Reading Glasses, 5-Pair
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
Gamma Ray Bifocal Sunglasses, 3-Pair
9. Gamma Ray Bifocal Sunglasses, 3-Pair
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1
ThinOptics Reading Glasses with Pod Case
10. ThinOptics Reading Glasses with Pod Case
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 12
Success Eyewear Reading Glasses, 3-Pair
11. Success Eyewear Reading Glasses, 3-Pair
Overall Score: 6.4
Expert Reviews: 0
Eyecedar Men’s Reading Glasses, 5-Pair
12. Eyecedar Men’s Reading Glasses, 5-Pair
Overall Score: 5.7
Expert Reviews: 0

An Overview On Reading Glasses

If you find yourself squinting to read the morning newspaper, you may simply need a pair of reading glasses. Fortunately, this type of glasses has come a long way over the years. It is now possible to get a quality pair of reading glasses at a reasonable price.

As you browse the available models, determine whether you’re interested in a fun and colorful design, or one that is a bit more elegant. There are models that have patterns along the arms, including some that resemble stained glass. Reading glasses with a slim and simple semi-rimless look would be best for use in the office or in a business meeting.

Always check the construction of the reading glasses. Some are made of stainless steel, while others are plastic. Plastic isn’t a negative, as long as its quality made. For example, the TruVision Readers Reading Glasses, 4-Pair uses sure-flex comfort spring arms and dura-tight screws for glasses that won’t fall apart after just a few uses.

Review the fit of the reading glasses. You not only want comfort around the bridge of your nose, but the arms also need to hold tight against your temples, so the glasses don’t slide off. The company will list the frame size in its product description as well.

Finally, consider any extras that may be important to you. Some reading glasses come with soft protective cases, while others have hard ones that protect against drops. The model may even come with a micro-fiber cleaning cloth. There are also reading glasses that fold in half for easy portability.

DWYM Fun Fact

One of the first types of glasses invented were created simply for magnification purposes. They used quartz to make the lenses and a variety of construction materials to make the frames. These included everything from leather to bone. It wasn’t until the 1700s that the glasses designed to correct vision became popular.

Many individuals simply need a pair of reading glasses, and not prescription strength eyeglasses. In fact, each year a total of 50 million reading glasses are purchased in the United States. A great number of these are tossed yearly, but recycling programs do exist for reading glasses, so they don’t need to end up in your local landfill.

The Reading Glasses Buying Guide

  • Your reading glasses will need to be cleaned often. Before you begin, wash and dry your hands. Use lukewarm water and one drip of a liquid dish soap to wash the lenses and frames. Rinse completely clean with water and towel dry with a lint-free cloth.
  • It’s recommended that you avoid using chemical glass cleaners on the lenses of your reading glasses. They can actually harm the lenses, especially if your lenses have a protective coating that prevents scratches.
  • Always check the terms of any satisfaction guarantee or product warranty. Some last just 90 days and others are provisional.
  • Before you can compare the price of reading glasses, you must first divide the cost of the glasses by the number of glasses in each set. Once you do this, you’ll see that the Gaoye Spring Hinge Reading Glasses, 5-Pack and the Kerecsen Ladies Reading Glasses, 5-Pair have the lowest cost per set of glasses. The Success Eyewear Folding Reading Glasses, 2-Pair is more moderately priced, while the TruVision Readers Reading Glasses, 4-Pair has a higher cost. This is because the TruVision glasses offer extra features.