In this progressively digital age, spending hours in front of computer screens has become an inevitable part of our daily lives. From working professionals to students, everyone is heavily reliant on digital devices, making computer glasses a necessity rather than a luxury. These specialized eyewear are designed to optimize your eyesight while looking at digital screens, reducing the risk of eye strains, discomfort, and impaired vision. But what makes computer glasses so essential? Let’s dive deeper.
Understanding the Need for Computer Glasses
Most of us are already familiar with the discomfort that comes after hours of staring at a digital screen. This discomfort is often due to blue light emitted from digital devices. Prolonged exposure to this light can lead to digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome, characterized by symptoms such as dry eyes, headache, blurred vision, and neck or shoulder pain.
Computer glasses, equipped with specially crafted lenses, can significantly alleviate these symptoms by blocking or absorbing the harmful blue light, increasing contrast for a sharper, clearer view and reducing glare. They allow the users to work or study comfortably for longer durations without any discomfort.
- Blue Light Filter: Computer glasses come with a special coating that reflects and absorbs blue light, preventing it from reaching your eyes.
- Anti-glare Coating: The anti-reflective or anti-glare coating on computer glasses reduce the glare that bounces off the screen and light coming from other sources.
- Magnification: Some computer glasses also offer a slight magnification, making it easier to read the text on the screen, further reducing the strain on the eyes.
Who Should Use Computer Glasses?
Essentially, anyone who spends significant time in front of digital screens could benefit from computer glasses. This includes office workers, gamers, graphic designers, programmers, students, educators, and even those who enjoy leisure activities like social media browsing or streaming videos. Also, if you’re experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain, regardless of the duration of digital device use, you could still benefit from computer glasses.
Choosing the Right Computer Glasses
When it comes to selecting the right pair of computer glasses, there are multiple factors to consider like lens type, coatings, and even frame styles. It’s important that the glasses are comfortable and suit your specific needs. At Zenni Optical, we provide a range of high-quality and affordable computer glasses to suit different needs and preferences.
Remember, while computer glasses are a great aid in reducing digital eye strain, incorporating healthy habits like following the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away), adjusting screen brightness, and maintaining an ergonomic workspace can significantly contribute to eye health in this digital age.
About the Author: Dr. Steven Liem, OD, FAAO
Dr. Steven Liem, O.D., F.A.A.O. is an optometrist based in Pasadena, California. After obtaining his doctorate from UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry, he completed his residency in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. When he isn’t busy streaming or making Youtube videos about video games, Dr. Liem aims to broaden accessibility to vision health through his involvement in optometric industry and tech.