Computer glasses have become one of the latest advancements in eyewear to help reduce eye strain from prolonged screen use. Nearly 70 percent of Americans have experienced the pain of digital eye strain, and computer glasses are designed to help filter blue light and reduce this common issue. Prolonged exposure to the digital light emitted by our screens can cause serious eye strain. But, keep in mind that harmful blue light (up to 455 nm with the greatest toxicity between 415-455nm) is only one contributing factor of retinal aging. Help eliminate digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome as it is commonly called, with a pair of computer glasses.
Computer glasses are prescription or non-prescription eyewear with lenses that are designed to filter blue light. Computer eyeglasses look just like any other pair of glasses, but they’re designed specifically for use with computers, TVs. phones, and tablets. These glasses range from cheap frames you can pick up at a grocery store, to high-tech glasses designed for gamers and programmers who spend more than half their time on screens. Specialized computer glasses, from brands like GUNNAR, come with proprietary features, including lightweight, innovative frame materials and lens treatments, but may not be necessary for those who use screens casually, or for only a few hours a day.
The best glasses for computer screens are a pair of well-fitting frames that do not squeeze, pinch, or cause headaches, fitted with lenses that include a blue-light filtering coating. At FramesDirect.com, we refer to this coating as our BlueReflect™ lens technology. Comfort is paramount in computer glasses, as you will want to wear them all day. Popular brands including Ray-Ban and Oakley make streamlined frames that offer superior comfort features for all-day wear. If you're a heavy gamer, or you spend more than 10 hours a day on a screen, it may be time to look into computer glasses with yellow or amber lenses to help filter out the maximum amount of blue light possible.
Computer eyeglasses work by blocking harmful blue light emitted from digital screens. Computer glasses lenses are designed to filter as much as 50 percent of the ‘bad’ blue light.
Blue-violet light is a high-energy light made up of short wavelengths. This visible light, in the violet end of the spectrum, forces your eyes to work harder to focus on objects or text on your screen. While blue-violet light occurs naturally and is emitted by the sun, early research has shown that overexposure to artificial blue light can result in retina damage and even macular degeneration. A lens that offers digital light protection may help protect the wearer from damage associated with prolonged screen use.
Blue-violet light is between 400 and 455nm as stated by ISO TR20772-2018.
(ISO: International Standards Organization – “Ophthalmic optics – Spectacles lenses – Short Wavelength visible solar radiation and the eye, FD ISO/TR 20772”)
Computer Vision Syndrome (or CVS for short) has varied symptoms that include eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and head and neck pain. Computer vision syndrome isn’t just one condition—it is an entire range of eye ailments that affects between 50 and 90 percent of those who work or play in front of a computer screen for extended periods. These four problems are commonly associated with computer use, and lead to the symptoms of computer vision syndrome:
You can avoid computer vision syndrome by wearing a pair of computer eyeglasses. Even if you don't normally wear glasses, you can wear non-prescription computer glasses that can help alleviate the symptoms of computer vision syndrome. You can also get computer glasses in your prescription and continue to enjoy optical clarity while protecting your eyes.
Digital light protection is a lens treatment that helps to reduce your eyes’ exposure to the potentially harmful blue light emitted from digital screens by reflecting and filtering out the damaging rays before they reach your eyes.
Yes, you can get BlueReflect™ lenses that offer digital light protection for single vision and progressive lenses.
FramesDirect.com offers a choice of precision engineered lens coatings that can deflect harmful blue light, leaving your eyes fresh even after a long day at the office. You don't need a prescription to get these lenses, and they're appropriate for adults and kids. They also come with scratch-resistant and anti-glare properties.