Computer Glasses: What are they and why do I want them?

Today, most of us work at a desk with our computer monitor positioned about 3 feet away from our eyes, about an arm’s length away.  This is your middle-distance or intermediate focal distance.  Most vision correction is focused on clearing up your either your distance vision (greater than 6 feet) or your near vision (within 1-2 feet).  As a result, many of us suffer from eye strain, headaches, and neck / shoulder fatigue caused by squinting or leaning forward or backward to try to focus clearly on our computer monitors sitting in our middle-distance or intermediate vision zone. 

If you wear reading glasses to help you focus on your near vision tasks within 18" from your eyes – like reading documents or viewing your phone clearly – then you might find your computer monitor slightly out of focus while wearing your reading glasses.  Or, if you wear progressive lenses that help you clearly see in the distance with reading magnification on the bottom part of the lens, you may find the intermediate zone too small to comfortably view your computer monitor clearly for long periods of time.  While wearing progressive lenses, you may find yourself constantly tilting your head up or down to find the small "sweet spot" of your intermediate zone, or you may find yourself leaning forward or backward to view your monitor through either the top or the bottom part of your progressive lenses.

You can significantly reduce eye strain, prevent headaches and reduce neck and shoulder fatigue at work by having the proper computer glasses that helps you focus comfortably within your intermediate zone.  

Eye care professionals have long understood the value of middle-distance correction, especially for those of you who are already wearing reading glasses or progressive lenses. We recommend visiting your eye care professional for regular vision tests and overall eye health check-ups.  Measure the distance between your monitor and your eyes, write it down and take it to your next vision check. 

Ask your eye care professional for your Rx script specifically for computer glasses to help you focus clearly and comfortably on your computer monitor.  Keep your computer glasses on your desk at work and notice how your eyes can focus more clearly without the strain in your neck and shoulders.  

For added comfort while staring at your electronic devices, try using lenses with an Anti-Blue Light treatment that will effectively reduce the amount of blue light absorbed by your eyes and minimize symptoms of digital eye strain caused by long-term viewing of digital devices.

If you are experiencing discomfort while at the office or in front of your computer, remember that selecting the right pair of lenses with right power correction for  your middle-distance range will help you see more clearly and more comfortably, can reduce the effects of digital eye strain, and ultimately can make your daily life that much better. 

Glasses done right can change your world.  Computer glasses done right can change how you view your work!