Computer Glasses Explained

With the vast amount of technology used, from smart phones, to tablets, to computers, there is a huge concern over our daily exposure to HEV (High Energy Visible) light or blue light. Extended exposure can lead to headaches, blurred vision, red, burning or aching eyes, and other symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome. It can also lead to Macular Degeneration and other serious eye conditions. But what can you do about it? Resting your eyes by taking a break from your computer or other electronic device is one way of preventing Computer Vision Syndrome. Another potential solution would be to get fitted for Computer Glasses. But what are Computer Glasses and how do they help?

Are Computer Glasses for Me?

Right off the bat, computer glasses are not for everyone. If you don’t normally wear glasses or contact lenses, then computer glasses are not for you. You can, however, look into getting a filter for your electronic device, or get a pair of non-prescription glasses with non-glare lenses to help filter HEV light, but they aren’t quite the same as computer glasses. Computer glasses are prescription glasses made specifically for looking at digital screens. They have their distance settings set for three to six feet, the average distance between your eyes and your digital screen. They also have an Anti-Reflective (AR) coating to protect your eyes from blue light.

Types of Computer Glasses

Computer glasses are prescription glasses, so they are made specifically to meet your needs. If you have Myopia (near-sightedness) you can get monofocal computer glasses with the lens set to your average distance from the screen, usually three to six feet. If you are commonly looking down to read paperwork, notes or other items, then looking up to work on your computer, bifocal computer lenses may be in order, with either a reading lens or clear vision lens on the bottom half, depending on your needs. If you normally wear progressive lenses, you can also opt for progressive computer lenses for the time you spend on your electronic device. The type of computer glasses you need will depend entirely on your personal needs.

How do I know if I need Computer Glasses?

Your first warning that you may need computer glasses is fatigue, itchy, watery eyes and headaches while using your computer or electronic device. If you are experiencing symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, make an appointment to see your optometrist as soon as possible. Your optometrist can give you the best advice about whether or not computer glasses can help you, and advise you on what options are best for your specific needs. Computer glasses aren’t the only defense against blue light and Computer Vision Syndrome, but they are one item that you may want to consider to protect your vision for life.