Between your computer, your tablet, and your smartphone, these days you’re probably spending more and more time staring at screens. You’ve seen those special computer glasses, but you can’t help but wonder: Do they really make any difference? Are computer glasses worth it?
According to the Vision Council, more than two-thirds of us suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). The cause of computer vision syndrome is too much time in front of digital screens. The temporary symptoms include dry eyes, red eyes, blurred vision, eye twitches, fatigue, headaches, and even back and neck pain.
Taking frequent breaks can help alleviate CVS. But experts agree: A pair of blue light glasses is a wise investment that can help with CVS. Here’s why:
Computer Glasses Minimize Screen Glare
Light bouncing off the glass of your digital screen can create a glaring obstacle to proper vision. Digital screens also emit blue light, which is difficult for our eyes to filter. Because of this, our eyes can become susceptible to the temporary symptoms of CVS listed above. Computer glasses come with many different lens features, but the main purpose is to keep screen glare to a minimum. Our Readers.com® computer glasses have lightly tinted lenses and an anti-reflective coating to help reduce your eyes’ exposure to the digital screen’s glare.
Pick the Right Computer Glasses Lens Strength
Most prescription eyewear corrects for near vision, far vision, or both. Non-prescription reading glasses are designed for close-up work. However, most of us position our computer screens in an intermediate zone about two feet in front of us, which is further than most of us hold our reading material. Because of this, it is important to be sure you order the correct power in your computer reading glasses? We recommend purchasing computer reading glasses in a power that is half of your standard reading power. See the chart below for more information based on the distance of your computer or digital screen.
Help Avoid Bad Posture Habits
Many of us try to compensate for less than perfect mid-range vision by leaning forward in our chairs. We also crane our necks back so we can see the tops of our screens through the bottoms of our prescription or bifocal readers. These ocular gymnastics can be a literal pain in the neck. Sound familiar? If the answer is yes, a pair of computer glasses may definitely be worth a try.
For even more reading on computer glasses, check out our post on how computer glasses work. You can also learn how to make those tiny smartphone and tablet screens easier to read using our prevent eye fatigue tips.
Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses.
I would love to learn more about how using computer glasses would help reduce my neck strain or improve my posture. Is this something the chiropractors recommend?
Hi Kay! While we can’t speak on behalf of a chiropractor, computer glasses make it so that you can see the screen clearly at a safe, comfortable distance without straining your neck or slouching to make the words on your screen more visible. If you have specific questions, I’d go ahead and ask your personal care provider for more information on what would suit you best. Thank you so much for reaching out!