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Reading Glasses VS Computer Glasses

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Do you have difficulty seeing things up close? Do your eyes constantly feel strained when reading or trying to work on the computer? Does your vision become blurred after working or reading for periods of time? Do your eyes become red?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you may be experiencing presbyopia, or a farsightedness that is associated with aging. It’s nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about, as most people experience it over time while doing things such as working at a computer or reading. There are, however, ways to help manage the symptoms that you are experiencing from this presbyopia. Depending on your situation, either reading glasses or computer glasses will likely do the trick. But how do you know which glasses type would be right for you? While we advise consulting with your eye doctor before making any decisions, this post is intended to serve as an overview of both types of glasses to give you a better idea of what to expect.

Reading Glasses

Fitting to the name, reading glasses are intended to help people who struggle to make out items up close, especially during activities or tasks that involve reading. So if you’re constantly adjusting books, newspapers and other documents so that they’re just the right distance away from you to make them out clearly, you’re likely in need of reading glasses.

There are two main types of reading glasses, full reading glasses and half-eye glasses. The former are best intended for those who spend lots of time looking at things up close, while the latter are a bifocal type model intended to help people read through the bottom portion of the lens, yet still properly see things in the distance through the top part of the lens. Reading glasses may also be custom made by an optometrist or purchased without prescription and ready-made at a general store.

Here’s a look at some important considerations when selecting a pair of reading glasses:

  • Ready-made reading glasses, while very affordable, do come with a bit of a risk. For instance, the prescription is equal in both lenses and they are a one-size-fits-all type of frame, so there’s little room for customization.
  • Wearing a pair of reading glasses that is too inconsistent with your actual prescription can lead to headaches, eye strain and even nausea. It’s why it is worth it to consult with your eye doctor before acquiring a pair of reading glasses to see if you’re a candidate for ready-made glasses or if your pair should be customized.
  • Reading glasses are not the same as computer glasses. If you try wearing reading glasses while working on the computer, you won’t be able to see very well. We’ll get more into computer glasses in the section below.

Computer Glasses

Just as how reading glasses are designed to help people read and decipher close up objects and text, computer glasses are designed to help people work with better vision on computers. Eye strain, red eyes and blurred vision when working on a computer is likely either the result of presbyopia or computer vision syndrome (CVS). While the solution may be something as simple as having your regular eyeglass prescription updated, in other cases the best solution may be to acquire a pair of computer glasses, which are designed to optimize one’s vision 20 to 26 inches away, or about how far away a computer screen is.

Here’s a look at some further information and considerations when it comes to computer glasses:

For more information on the difference between reading glasses and computer glasses, and to schedule an eye exam, contact Sealy Eye Center today.


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