What are computer glasses?

When you work at a computer for any length of time, it’s common to experience eye strain, blurred vision and other symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS). This is because the visual demands of computer work are unlike those associated with most other activities. This is a common problem nowadays with many people using their computers for extended periods of time for work and play.
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Computer glasses differ from regular eyeglasses or reading glasses in a number of ways to optimize your eyesight when viewing your computer screen.

  • Computer screens usually are positioned 20 to 26 inches from the user’s eyes. This is considered the intermediate zone of vision — closer than driving (“distance”) vision, but farther away than reading (“near”) vision.
  • The simplest computer glasses have single vision lenses with a modified lens power prescribed to give the most comfortable vision at the user’s computer screen. This lens power relaxes the amount of “accommodation” required to keep objects in focus at the distance of the computer screen and provides the largest field of view.
  • For maximum viewing comfort, the lenses of your computer glasses should include anti-reflective coating. Sometimes called anti-glare treatment, anti-reflective (AR) coatings eliminate reflections of light from the front and back surfaces of your lenses that can cause eye strain.
  • Some eye doctors recommend adding a light tint to computer glasses to reduce glare caused by harsh overhead lighting and to enhance contrast. Tinted computer lenses also are recommended to block short-wavelength,”blue” light emitted from computer screens that is associated with glare and eye strain.
  • For more details, go to AllAboutVision.com’s FAQ page about Computer Glasses.

Common Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome

What are computer glasses

Without computer eyeglasses, many computer users often end up with blurred vision, eye strain, and headaches — the hallmark symptoms of computer vision syndrome. Worse still, many people try to compensate for their blurred vision by leaning forward, or by tipping their head to look through the bottom portion of their glasses. Both of these actions can result in a sore neck, sore shoulders and a sore back.

What to do about it?

As one of our services, Matheson Eyewear can schedule an eye exam for you with an optometrist.  Then using your prescription, we’ll help you choose the frames and lens options to alleviate your eye strain.

And here are 10 tips on how to relieve eye strain from AllAboutVision.

More Questions and Answers

Here are some more Questions and Answers about Computer Vision Syndrome that you might find helpful. Questions include:

Q: What to do about tired eyes from too much reading and computer?

Q: How can I relieve eye stress from looking at computers all day every day?