There comes a time for most people when they need glasses. They may not need them all day, every day, just when reading. Now, however, many people spend a lot of time reading a screen, and that’s a different sort of thing. The light produced by the computer screen puts a different sort of strain on your eyes than reading a paper page.
If you spend a large portion of the day looking at a computer, you may develop symptoms such as blurred vision, dry eyes, headaches, and more. In addition to being symptoms of presbyopia, these can also indicate a condition called computer vision syndrome (CVS). This is not usually a dangerous condition, but it can become a real irritant and it’s worth seeing your doctor just to be sure that is the problem.
Computer reading glasses are designed to do more than help you read; they address issues that develop from sitting close to a computer screen, which is not the same distance as a page. When you read text, you hold it near your face. When you read a computer screen, it is out further from your face than a standard page, but not far enough to be considered distance vision. Computer reading glasses have single vision lenses with an in-between strength that allows you to see at that intermediate distance.
Of course, you may also have the option of getting progressive lenses in your normal glasses, rather than getting second pair of computer reading glasses. Progressives are multi-focal and allow you to transition between vision distances. Some lenses may also be purchased with a special coating that helps protect your eyes from the bright light and glare of the computer. If you’re interested in pursuing these things, talk to your doctor.
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