After a long day on the computer, your eyes may feel tired and strained. Staring at the bright screen for eight hours or more overworks the eyes. Wearing glasses does not spare you from the irritation. In some cases, it is worse because your eyes also have to contend with the glare on your lenses.
Almost everyone uses a computer, smartphone, or tablet on a daily basis. Often usage times go well past the typical eight-hour day, which can prolong the strain put on your eyes.
The high demands that the screens make on our eyes cause computer vision syndrome. It is a temporary condition from staring at the monitor all day long. Symptoms include eye redness, back and neck strain, double vision, blurriness, dizziness, and dry eyes. Thankfully, this problem is avoidable if you wear the proper protection.
What are Computer Glasses?
These specialized devices allow you to work at your computer without having to contend with the strain. A special, anti-reflective coating covers the lenses, which reduces the glare. There is tinting on the lenses, which increases the contrast on the screen, making it easier to look at without being too harsh.
A reduced glare with the increased contrast allows you to work on your computer for longer periods of time without feeling the fatigue and discomfort of eyestrain. They not only reduce vision problems; they will also lessen the frequency of headaches.
With clear vision, you will have less strain on your back and neck as you do not have to adjust your body in order to see the screen. These specialized glasses will help you stop peering over the top of your frames or leaning closer into the computer just to make it look clearer and ease the glare.
What Lens Types Are Available?
Thankfully, these lenses come in a variety of types. Single vision reduces the risk of blurred vision, eyestrain, and bad posture. Occupational, progressive lenses are the multifocal lenses. They offer larger vision at the computer, but allow you to see normally at longer distances.
Finally, there are occupational bifocal and trifocal lenses. These have a higher zone for near and intermediate vision. The vision zones customize to your needs.
Are They Right for You?
The important thing to remember is that computers are typically set 20 to 26 inches from the eye. This is the intermediate zone. However, like all regular glasses, not everyone uses the same zone.
Not everyone's eyes react the same way. For some people, the glare of the computer screen does not bother them as much. If you are one of these people, computer glasses might not be necessary. Your traditional lenses will work just fine.
However, if you are experiencing any combination of the symptoms mentioned, you might want to talk to your optometrist about getting some of these specialized lenses. He or she may be able to recommend alternatives on how to care for your eyes, especially until your new pair of glasses arrives.