Today, many of us spend several hours in front of a computer. The problem with this is that when you work in front of a computer for any length of time, it is common to experience symptoms like eye strain, dryness, fatigue, and even blurred vision. This happens because the visual demands of working on a computer are unlike other activities. And, when you have a vision problem like astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, or presbyopia, even small inaccuracies in your prescription lenses can contribute to computer vision problems. Inaccuracies in a prescription can be the result of not having enough information. Which is why you should talk with your eye doctor about the kind of work you do, how much time you spend working on a computer, how your work station is set up, and so on. Without computer glasses, many computer users often end up with the hallmark symptoms of computer vision syndrome (headaches; tired, stressed, or burning eyes; loss of focus; blurred or double vision; and even shoulder and neck pain).
Computer glasses are task-specific glasses designed to meet the visual needs of the activity. And, depending on the individual’s vision correction needs and type of work, there are several options when selecting computer-specific glasses. For this reason, we offer some insight on things to consider when getting a pair of computer glasses.
What Are Computer Glasses?
While many people wear eyeglasses to correct other types of vision problems, not all glasses are right for every situation. Computer glasses are prescription glasses that are designed for computer work. They differ from regular glasses in that they are specifically made to help reduce the eye strain associated with working on a computer. They can help optimize eyesight by: reducing glare (a major cause of digital eye strain), increasing contrast and maximizing what you see through your lenses (making it easier to look at a screen for longer periods of time). In other words, computer glasses put the optimum lens power for viewing your computer screen right where you need it. Resulting in a clear, wide field of view without the need for excessive focusing effort or unhealthful postures. Those who need to peer over their glasses or hunch closer to the computer to read the screen, may benefit from computer glasses.
What Information Is Needed?
Because computer glasses are task-specific, it is important to give your eye care specialist as much information as possible. The most important requirement for computer glasses to fulfill, is that they need to be adapted to exactly the distance needed for screen or display work (which can vary greatly). When getting fitted for computer glasses, make sure to let your eye care professional know exactly where and for what tasks your glasses will be used. Things like visual ability and personal preferences, the type of work you do, the distance between the computer and your eyes, and lighting are all factors that should be taken into consideration. When selecting computer glasses, make sure it is based on a consultation with an optometrist who is knowledgeable in problems specific to the regular use of a computer.
Optimizing Your Computer Vision
In most settings, computers are distanced at 20 to 26 inches from the user’s eyes (the intermediate zone). However, just like in regular eyeglasses, not everyone’s eyes are the same in each zone, and not everyone’s computers are set at the most common distance. For this reason, make sure to measure the distance between your screen and eyes for optimal results. Additionally, because your eyes normally have to cope with bright light at work, to ensure that reflections do not impair the quality of your vision, make sure to select a good antireflective coating for your eyeglass lenses.
Computer lenses can contain one or more of the following:
- Slight Magnification
- Anti-Reflective Treatment
- Blue Light Filter
Prescription Computer Glasses
People are so accustomed to their eyes feeling tired at the end of the day, they just accept it. But, just because many consider this normal, does not mean that it is okay. Although not everyone needs computer glasses, those who experience constant eye strain or vision problems while working at a computer, may benefit from computer glasses. Because an accurate eyeglasses prescription is essential to getting the full benefits of prescription computer glasses, it’s best to work with an optometrist who is knowledgeable in problems specific to the regular use of a computer. Our team of ABO-certified eyewear professionals will help maximize your viewing comfort by helping you decide which lens design, coatings, and tints will best suit your needs for computer glasses. Contact us today at (619) 222-2020 to learn how we can help you see your best.