Did you know that the average American spends 10 hours a day in front of a screen? This includes time spent using a computer, staring at a phone and watching TV.
Work hours account for a significant portion of these 10 hours since most jobs require employees to perform some if not most of their tasks on a computer.
Screen time can have a negative impact on your vision. Symptoms like eye strain, headaches, blurry vision and even nausea usually indicate that it is time to do something about your vision. Wearing computer glasses will alleviate these symptoms and make using a computer much more comfortable for your eyes.
How are Computer Glasses Different from Other Types of Eyewear?
Lenses typically address a specific vision problem, such as presbyopia or nearsightedness. This is what these specialized glasses do:
- They reduce glare from computer screens thanks to a special coating.
- They magnify what you see so you don’t have to be so close to the screen.
- Some computer glasses make contrast sharper to reduce eye strain.
These glasses have a special anti-reflective coating. Regular eyeglasses reflect the glare emitted by computer and phone screens, which causes eye strain.
This special coating eliminates reflection and protects your eyes from computer and phone screen glare.
Some computer glasses also enhance contrast to make reading text easier. You can easily recognize these glasses by the slight yellow tint of the lenses.
This is a particularly helpful feature if you often work on spreadsheets, proofread long texts, or write code. Color contrast is key for readability on a screen and black text on a white background is actually not the best color pattern for the human eye.
If you are constantly craning your neck to get closer to your computer screen or hold your phone uncomfortably close to your eyes to read your texts, you need a pair of glasses with magnifying lenses.
It is common to develop presbyopia with age. This condition makes it difficult to read small print and will cause you to hold your reading material at arm’s length so you can decipher the text.
Keep in mind that you can find computer glasses that will only reduce glare without magnifying content. There is no need to purchase glasses with magnifying lenses if you only experience eye strain caused by screen glare.
You can easily figure out which magnification you need by taking an online vision test or by using an app.
You can also head to your local drugstore and try on a few pairs of readers. Computer screens usually sit 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes. Try different magnifications until you find a pair of reading glasses that allow you to comfortably read a magazine held between 20 and 26 inches away from your eyes.
You can then shop for eyewear with the correct magnification! Getting a pair of reading glasses will come in handy if you are developing presbyopia but remember that these glasses do not come with the protective coating that reduces screen glare and won’t help with contrast.
Get the Most Out of Your Computer Glasses
Think About This
Wear your glasses whenever you spend time in front of a screen as long as they feel comfortable. You can use them with your laptop, tablet, Smartphone and your TV.
It is very possible that you might need to get a few pairs with different magnifications since the distance between your eyes and your computer screen is going differ from the distance between your sofa and your TV.
Computer glasses are able to be worn whenever you stare at a screen or put them on when you start experiencing eye strain. Combine wearing non-reflective glasses with taking frequent breaks to reduce eye strain.
Be Aware of That
Be mindful of symptoms like blurred vision and headaches when using your glasses because these might indicate that the magnification of the glasses doesn’t correspond to your needs.
Pay attention to the quality of the anti-reflective coating when shopping for specialized eyewear. The most affordable lenses typically have a peel-off coating that can become damaged and might not offer adequate protection.
These affordable lenses are a good option if you want to test computer glasses. However, you should think about investing in a pair with coating directly baked into the lens.
And because you will probably wear your glasses for long sessions, look for a pair that fits comfortably. Frames made from a lightweight material will be a plus.
You might also want glasses that you can easily fit in a carrying case and transport between your home and your office if you plan on using them at work and when watching TV at night.
Reduce Eye Strain When Using Your Computer
Wearing computer glasses will reduce glare and eye strain, but there are other things you can do to avoid damaging your vision:
- Adopt a good posture when staring at a screen. Sit up straight in your desk chair when using your computer and hold your Smartphone or tablet in your line of vision instead of looking down.
- Web browsers, software and apps let you adjust the size of the text. You can also change the resolution of your screen if you have a hard time reading text.
- Use the 20/20/20 rule to reduce eye strain. Give your eyes a break by staring at something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds once every 20 minutes.
Computer glasses are the only type of eyewear designed to reduce glare from screens. Because this glare can cause significant eye strain, headaches and other symptoms, wearing glasses with non-reflective coating will make you more comfortable at work or when you are at home relaxing in front of the TV.
Ask yourself if you need tinted lenses to enhance contrast and do a vision test to determine if magnifying lenses would help with eye strain. Look for a pair of glasses that fits comfortable and make sure the non-reflective coating is not a peel-off coating if you are looking for durable glasses.