Tue, 11 Aug, 2015
Why you should consider wearing computer glasses
If you’ve worked at a computer for a prolonged amount of time you might know the negative effects it can have on your eyes: blurred vision, red eyes, and eye strain. These are all common symptoms of what is known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS.)
If you’ve had a recent eye exam and your glasses prescription is up to date but you still experience symptoms of CVS it may be worth investing in a pair of computer glasses.
What are Computer glasses?
You might be thinking, “I already have reading glasses and glasses for long distance, why do I need a third pair?” If so, you’ve indirectly answered your own question: reading glasses treat near-vision while most other glasses treat distance-vision. This leaves the distance of a computer screen somewhere in between, making it its own area of vision to be addressed.
If you wear your usual glasses whilst using the computer, you might find yourself leaning forward to compensate for your glasses’ lack of clarity. As this can cause bad posture and muscle soreness, computer glasses are a better option.
What kinds of lenses can I get?
When it comes to computer glasses, there are two main types of lenses.
The first is the single vision lens, which lessens the effort needed to keep a computer screen in focus in your immediate vision. It also has the largest field of view.
The second variety is the occupational progressive lens, which corrects near, immediate and distance vision.
You can also get your lenses tinted to reduce the impact of the screen’s light on your eyes. Additionally, it is recommended that you have your glasses coated in an anti-reflective technology to reduce reflection on the lenses and, consequently, the wearer’s eye strain.
See your optometrist to be fitted for your pair of computer glasses.