Another Day, Another Headache: Do You Need Eye Strain Glasses?
Presbyopia. Even if you don’t know this condition by name, you’re no doubt well aware of one or more of its symptoms. Presbyopia is a visual condition that affects millions of people around the world and results in an inability to focus properly at near distances. It happens as your eyes begin to develop a series of issues associated with refraction – something that unfortunately gets worse as you age. While it’s true that everyone goes through some type of focusing power loss as they get older, the people who notice this more than others suffer from this condition. According to the National Eye Institute, anyone over the age of 35-years-old is at a heightened risk for developing Presbyopia.
That is, however, not the only issue that Presbyopia tends to bring with it.
While it’s almost a foregone conclusion that people suffering from Presbyopia will experience eye strain (meaning that they typically have to squint to see things that are very close to their face), certain people take this one step further. They begin to experience a general level of discomfort when they lay in bed at night and flip through a magazine or try to read their favorite book. They get headaches when they stare at their computer screen or mobile device for too long. This is a condition known as Asthenopia and while it’s also common as you get older, it’s particularly prevalent in people who need reading glasses.
But luckily, all hope is not lost. As is true with most problems in life, there’s a solution just waiting to be taken advantage of, finding the right pair of reading glasses to meet your needs.
Do You Need Eye Strain Glasses? Breaking Things Down
Before you start looking into your options regarding reading glasses for eye strain, it’s important to understand some of the other reasons beyond Asthenopia for why you may be experiencing this type of discomfort. One of the most common is Computer Vision Syndrome, which is usually the result of the harsh blue light that computer and mobile device screens emit that will get worse when those electronics are used for long periods of time.
Other common causes of eye strain can include but are not limited to situations like:
- You already have eyeglasses and need to change your prescription.
- You’re in a particularly dry environment, which is common as the weather changes with the seasons.
- You’re trying to read or use your computer in an environment with low light.
- You’re watching a 3D movie or some other type of content that strays outside the norm.
If you only experience eye strain when you’re in these very specific types of situations, you may not actually need reading glasses at all. You may just need to get better at resting your eyes more frequently, or at finally giving up on 3D movies altogether (those “Avatar” sequels won’t be out for another five years anyway).
You’ll want to make an appointment to have your eyes checked out with an eye care professional to know for sure. If none of this describes what you’re currently experiencing, you probably do need eye strain glasses. The good news is that you’re certainly not without your options.
One popular option with many people is varifocal reading glasses, which are made up of a lens in each eye that actually has two portions instead of one. If you want to see things that are located at a distance (like across the room), you would look through the top part of the lens. If you needed to see something that was close to you (like the pages in a book), you would look through the bottom part. If you were trying to look at something a medium distance away, you would look through the center. Varifocal glasses are a great option for a lot of people, but they do take a bit of getting used to.
The second main option available to you is adjustable focus reading glasses, which are offered by providers like Adlens UZOOM. They’re not designed to replace any prescription eyewear that you may have or need, but they are perfect for focusing on things that are both close to you and at a medium distance away with minimal effort on your part. Depending on what you’re looking at, all you have to do is adjust the dial on the side of the lens until your vision is crystal clear. When you look at something else, just adjust the lens again and you’ll be ready to go.
The major benefit of adjustable focus glasses is that they improve your entire field of view, not just your vision based on the part of the lens you’re looking through. They’re optimal for focusing on things up to 6.5 feet away and are an ideal option for most people needing eye strain glasses.
But the decision of which type of glasses to get is ultimately yours and yours alone to make. Some people may prefer varifocal reading glasses for eye strain, while others may prefer the different experience that adjustable focus glasses provide. Only by understanding exactly how each type works – and the situations that they both are and are not designed to excel in – will you be able to make the most informed decision possible moving forward. For more help on choosing the pair that’s right for you, read Adlens’ mini-guide to buying reading glasses.
Contact Adlens UZOOM Today
Everyone will experience some type of vision deterioration as they get older – sadly, there’s no getting around this fact. But if you’re regularly experiencing headaches or uncomfortable eye strain as you try to perform even regular activities, it’s important for you to know that this is one storm you do NOT have to weather alone. To find out more information about the various types of eye strain glasses that are available, you should absolutely make an appointment with your eye care professional to discuss things further.
As always, if you’d like to learn more about other vision-related topics or if you’re interested in the benefits that our UZOOM reading glasses might bring to the table, please visit www.adlens.com.