Computers are part of nearly everyone’s every day life, from students to retirees, more and more people are spending time on their computers for work and for fun. This article will address some of the eyestrain issues and ways to find some relief.
When we read, we hold the print where are arms want to go naturally. Usually, this is around 14 to 16 inches away. If you are of the age where you need bifocals to see well up close, this working distance is covered well with the portion of your eyeglasses designed for reading.
However, computer screens are at all sorts of working distances. Laptop screens are usually fairly close, like reading material, since the screen is attached to the keyboard. However, monitors for desktops tend to sit a little further away. And now, with the advent of larger monitors, many end up pushing the screen even further away. If you’re depending on the reading portion of your eyeglasses to see the monitor that sits farther away, you’re left with the option of tilting your head back and leaning forward to see the screen. Then you’re ready for a massage or a visit to the chiropractor.
Here’s some good options for you to see your computer comfortably, efficiently, and clearly.
- Eyeglasses for the computer – these are lenses that have the focal point set for your computer screen. Measure the distance from your eye to the screen and the optician can set the focal point to match. Advantage – inexpensive and simple. Disadvantage – limit use for this task, can’t drive or walk around with them on.
- Specialty occupational lenses – there are many brands of lenses on the market that offer a large area of the lens for the computer screen and limited areas for distance and closer viewing. In essence, everything inside a cubicle is clear, making the work day much easier on your eyes, neck, and back. Advantages – large computer and reading area with limited distance viewing. Disadvantages – cost more than the first option, and the distance portion is too small for driving safely.
Another source of relief comes from using anti-reflective, or non-glare lenses. Office lights and computer screens cast reflections on your eyeglasses. But with these coatings, the reflections are gone leaving you with a cleaner and clearer view of your computer’s screen.