Do I Need Computer Reading Glasses?

In our increasingly electronic world, our eyes spend more and more time staring at digital screens, whether you work on a computer all day, read on a tablet before bed or check your phone frequently throughout the day. If this sounds like you, you may be a perfect candidate for computer reading glasses!


How Do Computer Reading Glasses Work?

Computer reading glasses function just like normal readers but have the added benefit of helping to filter potentially harmful blue light*.

Depending on the distance between you and your computer screen or another digital device, you may need to select a different power than your standard power. The standard reading distance is 12”-18” from your eyes, and this is when you order your standard reading power. The further away something is from you, the lower the reading power should be in order to focus on it  With this in mind, computer screens are 18”-24” away from you on average, which would mean you divide your standard reading power in half. For example, if your standard power for reading is +2.50, you would want to order a +1.25 computer reader to see the screen clearly at 18”-24” away.

standard reading distance power chart

Lens Features of Computer Reading Glasses

Our computer glasses feature patented blue light filtering technology and an ant-reflective coating to reduce reflections and improve clarity.

Choosing the Right Lens

Fully Magnified Computer Readers

Fully magnified lenses have one magnification distributed equally throughout the entire lens.

Multifocal Computer Readers

Multifocal lenses feature three reading strengths so your eyes can focus optimally at distances for reading, working on your computer, and interacting with others. Shop by your regular reading power when purchasing multifocal reading glasses. Our collection of multifocal styles includes Foster Grant® Multi Focus™ styles.

Unmagnified Computer Readers

Unmagnified computer glasses are perfect for contact wearers or those who don’t need reading glasses but want a blue light filter.

To learn more about finding the right lens type based on your needs, we suggest reading our “Find the Right Reading Glasses Lenses” guide.

*Disclaimer: Styles filter approximately 30% of potentially harmful blue light. Potentially harmful blue light refers to the 415-455 nanometer range of the visible light spectrum. The percentage represents the average amount of potentially harmful blue light filtered at 5 nanometer increments in this range. Covered under U.S. Pat. No. 8,360,574. Other U.S. and foreign patents pending.