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Computer glasses are specialty eyeglasses made specifically to address the unique visual needs of extended computer and smartphone use. To address these needs, computer glasses are made completely differently, in a number of important ways, from regular eyeglasses and reading glasses. These significant differences are what make computer glasses absolutely essential for maintaining both your short term visual comfort and long term visual health as you work and play in a world increasingly dominated by computers and smartphones.

To begin explaining the benefits of computer glasses, it is important to point out that computer screens are generally positioned around 20-26 inches from your eyes. This is what eyecare professionals call your “intermediate” zone of vision. Unfortunately, traditional eyeglasses are not made in a way that is conducive to intermediate viewing of the type required by computer work. This often leads to blurred vision, eyestrain and headaches after extended computer use.

Computer glasses, on the other hand, are specifically made to emphasize comfortable intermediate viewing, helping your eyes more easily focus on the computer screen with less effort and making computer viewing over an extended period of time noticeably more comfortable.

Those who spend extended amounts of time on the computer would also be wise to note another factor that often contributes to computer related discomfort and may even be potentially sight-threatening: blue light. This high-energy light comes from computer screens, televisions and smartphones, and has been known to cause eyestrain, headaches and fatigue. Recent studies also point to growing evidence that blue light exposure has the potential to significantly increase a person’s risk of macular degeneration over time. Dr. Prajapati explains, “We’re getting blue light reflections form the electronic screens that we are viewing which can cause damage to our retinas. The bigger the screen and the closer it is to our eyes, the more we’re exposed to harmful blue/ violet light we are.”

Computer glasses are often equipped with special coatings or lenses that are made specifically to filter harmful blue light, so that it does not reach your eyes, making extended computer use more comfortable and reducing the risk of developing macular degeneration in the future.

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Among the most popular of these coatings is Crizal Prevencia. “We are now recommending Crizal Prevencia anti- glare coating, which can be applied to any lens,” notes Dr. Prajapati, “The coating prevents the blue light from coming through and effecting our eyesight. They provide selective filtering of blue light, blocking the “bad” blue light, while allowing the part of the blue light spectrum which is important in our vision because it plays a part in regulating our Circaddian rhythms.”

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Dr. Prajapati also recommends Shamir Autograph Office Progressive Lenses, which allow both comfortable near and intermediate vision with patented Eyepoint Technology and a new ergonomic design. Speaking briefly about the Shamir lenses, Dr. Prajapati comments, “We are in a high tech area where people can benefit from this lens both because of their work responsibilities, and also because they’re spending a lot of their leisure time viewing electronic screens”

For more information about how computer glasses can help you, speak to Dr. Prajapati today at Triangle Vision Eye Care.