Are There Special Reading Glasses for Computer Use?
As a concept, reading glasses are certainly nothing new. People have been using nonprescription lenses to help maintain a better focus on the small print for nearly as long as books have been around in the first place. But in the modern digital world that we’re now living in, fewer people are reading books the old-fashioned way (meaning as actual books) than ever. We’re reading them on our desktops, our laptops, our smartphones and our tablets. You might think that all small print is created equally, but in this particular case, you would happen to be very, very wrong.
Even when you go beyond the subject of reading, people are still spending more time on their computers and other digital devices than ever before. Consider the fact that, according to one recent study, there were 3.9 million people in the United States (or roughly 2.9% of the workforce) that worked from home at least half of the time in 2017. This means that they spent the vast majority of their day in front of, you guessed it, their computers.
The fact that we’re consuming so much content digitally—both for work and for pleasure—has opened up a world of new challenges in terms of computer eye strain in particular. But thankfully, this is one problem that you do NOT have to take lying down.
Computer (Vision) Challenges
Before you can understand exactly why people need special reading glasses for computer use, you need to understand a little bit more about the situation as a whole. Over the last few years, eye problems that are directly attributed to computer use have risen sharply. This is a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, and in fact, it’s something that between 50% and 90% of people show at least some signs of, according to most research.
The crux of the problem is that when you spend all day staring at a computer screen, your eyes have to focus and refocus all the time. Not only do they move back and forth as you read (the same way they would if you were reading a book), but you probably look at your keyboard and then back at the screen, you look at images that change on screen all the time, you’re dealing with the blue light of the computer screen along with the contrast and the glare, the list goes on and on.
This ultimately puts a huge amount of stress on your eyes, which can either cause you to develop vision problems like presbyopia prematurely or make the problems that you already have even worse. Likewise, the blue light generated by all of our favorite devices has also been proven to mess with your sleeping habits, but that’s a totally different discussion.
If you spend all day staring at a digital screen and notice things like blurred vision, double vision, unusually dry eyes, headaches or even neck pain, you’re probably suffering from CVS. But thankfully, the solution to this issue is a lot more straightforward than you might think.
The Benefits of Computer Reading Glasses
There are, indeed, special reading glasses for computer use designed to help you address some of these issues head-on, with Adlens’ UZOOM Screen Protect Reading Glasses being an example. Not only are these computer reading glasses intended to help you focus, but they can also dramatically reduce your exposure to the harmful blue light generated by device screens by up to 30% in a lot of cases.
Also commonly referred to as “computer glasses,” these are special types of nonprescription lenses that have roughly 60% of the magnifying power of reading glasses—meaning that they help you continue to focus regardless of what it is that you happen to be looking at. So you can continue to read that great new book on your Kindle, switch over to your iPhone to respond to that text and then finish up that report on your desktop computer—all while maintaining your vision quality and staving off the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome like headaches or neck pain.
Note that a regular pair of reading glasses won’t be able to provide these benefits. Only something specifically designed for the types of modern day digital devices that we’re now surrounded by – like blue light blocking reading glasses – will offer you the relief and support you need when you need it the most.
It’s important to note that in many cases, these glasses can also be customized to better meet your needs—but at that point, you’re typically getting into the realm of a prescription solution. Not everyone sits the same distance away from a computer while they’re working and not everyone has the same habits in general. If you take precise measurements of how far you usually sit away from the screen, most providers can customize each lens for your preferred working distance.
Likewise, some reading glasses for computer use are single vision lenses, while others offer adjustable lenses that allow you to see at different distances, depending on the task. Which one is right for you and your specific situation is a question that you’ll want to answer very carefully, and if you need more information, don’t be afraid to consult a specialist or your primary care physician. This is very much one of those cases where “getting it done” is less important than “getting it done properly.”
Going beyond special reading glasses for computer use, there are also a number of other steps you can take to help mitigate the risk of computer eye strain as much as possible. One of the most common is called the 20-20-20 rule, which says that every 20 minutes you should look at something else in the room 20 feet away for roughly 20 seconds. This will essentially help give your eyes a bit of a much-needed break, allowing them to refocus stronger than ever when you get back to work.
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All of this is to say that yes, there are special reading glasses for computer use—but having the right type of glasses for the right task at exactly the right time is equally important. To find out more information about Adlens UZOOM computer reading glasses, please don’t hesitate to contact Adlens today or visit https://adlens.com to buy your pair now.