Are computer glasses for you? Typically, you will need lenses for when you use electronics like laptops and computers, tablets, and smart phones if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Eye strain
- Eye fatigue
- Neck and/or back pain
- Sensitivity to light.
- Changes in colour perception
- Burning sensations
- Dry or watering eyes
- Difficulty focusing
When you are using these devices your eyes strain from concentrating on the small screen to concentrating on things in the real world, making it difficult for the eyes to adjust between distances. Computer lenses are specifically for focusing on the computer screen in contrast to the world around you and are not recommended for long distance use.
The way our lenses adapt to interpreting distances is also affected by our age. As we age, our capacity to adapt to these differences in distance diminishes and is a condition known as presbyopia. Though serious, wearing glasses that are tailored to the needs of your eyes allows the eyes a chance to focus in a more natural way, reducing the strain the eyes are under.
There is a slightly more common condition called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). If you experience two or more of the above-listed symptoms every day (or when you’re using the computer), you might be experiencing CVS. Speak to your optometrist about lenses that meet your needs, but some quick fixes for remedying the negative symptoms of CVS include:
- Blink, blink, blink!! The more water in your eyes (aka natural lubricant), the more your eyes will be able to wash away any debris or dryness.
- Right light. Make sure your overhead lighting isn’t too powerful or bright, and shine lamps on your desk instead of directly at you.
- Monitor distance. Keep your screen at least 20 inches away from the eyes.
- Computer lenses! These can be prescription, but they can also be ordered online.
- Talk to your doctor. Few people know more than the specialists themselves.
Another important thing to consider for purchasing computer lenses is to that there are different types of lenses for computer glasses.
- Single vision computer glasses are for any age and decrease eye strain and blurred vision.
- Occupational progressive lenses help your eyes adjust to the screen but are not recommended for long distance sight.
- Occupational bifocal and trifocal lenses help you use different vision zones (more than one) to meet your unique needs.