Eyestrain from using our devices all day, every day leads to “computer vision syndrome”—you might experience eye fatigue, dryness, blurry vision and more. You could have trouble focusing on the screen and then focusing elsewhere, or suffer fatigue, insomnia and other unpleasant symptoms.
So, what can you do? Cutting out screen time entirely might be great for your vision, but it’s simply not practical in today’s world. Getting a computer glasses prescription in Oshkosh, WI might be just what you need to eliminate your vision issues and keep your eye health great.
Getting a regular eye exam first is always advisable so your optometrist can ensure that there are no other reasons why you’re suffering from these symptoms. In patients under 40, eye fatigue from screen time is quite common, whereas in patients over 40, screen time is more likely to exacerbate pre-existing issues.
What are computer glasses?
Computer glasses are designed to target the main issues that come with excessive screen time: being too close to your screen, the blue light and focus issues. They have about 60 percent of the magnification that reading glasses have, but are designed to make it easier for your eyes to focus when you switch between the screen and another field of vision.
Do I need computer glasses?
If your vision is perfect, you might think that computer glasses seem like a silly expense, and even more so if you’re already wearing contacts or eyeglasses—but you can have these features built right into your traditional eyeglasses.
The truth is, the blue light from computer screens can harm your vision as well as cause other unpleasant symptoms. Using computer glasses can help reduce that strain and make your screen time much more enjoyable. Plus, computer glasses are not just for adults—they might be even more important for younger patients. Transition lenses are also a great choice, since they offer blue light protection as well as UV protection while outdoors.
Why do computers have such an effect on our vision? Screens are usually positioned around two feet from the user’s face, which makes it difficult for most people to switch their focus. The older we get, the harder it is for our eyes to shift between different depths of field—and when you’re using a computer for work, school or fun, you’ll need to constantly switch your focus. This can cause headaches and fatigue on top of the eyestrain.
To combat eyestrain, you can get special lenses made that will protect you from blue light, make it easier to focus and make it easier to read what’s on your screen.
Interested in getting computer glasses for yourself? Dr. Jill can help! For best results, measure the distance from your face to your computer or your other electronic devices, then give that to Dr. Jill—it will help her prescribe a computer glasses prescription in Oshkosh, WI to best suit your needs.
To schedule your eye exam, discuss computer glasses prescriptions or browse our frames, reach out to Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe today.