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Computer Reading Glasses for Baby Boomer Women

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by Christina Gregoire

Yeah sure, I know you might think that “computer reading glasses” are a gimmick, but the right glasses really are superior to bifocals for computer work.

So, if you are wearing readers or regular glasses right now, you probably will develop eye fatigue. However, the right lenses will help your eyes focus on the screen, and the right glasses will save you from getting headaches.  I wear computer glasses for research and writing, and they are a million times better than my regular specs.  (There are other tricks to help you see your monitor.)

Traditional Glasses

Boomer Chicks often wear glasses for distance (monofocal eyeglasses) or glasses for reading (readers) or glasses made for both distance and reading (bifocals). However, if you spend any time on your computer, you should have a pair of specialty computer glasses, which are a hybrid of medium-distance lenses and close-up readers. If you don't have the correct magnification, you will end up with a sore neck from tilting your head back and forth because your bifocal magnification will be too weak (when looking through the bottom of your lens) or too strong (when looking through the top of your lens).

Computer Glasses Are a Hybrid

All computer glasses are designed to be functional for reading the monitor clearly. However, the right computer reading glasses are also great for reading books and papers. The breakdown of different lenses:

  • The main part of the lens for computer glasses is for a range of 20 – 30 inches (to see the screen).
  • The lenses for regular reading glasses are for a range of 14 – 18 inches (to read papers).
  • The main lens for (bifocal) computer reading glasses is for a range of 20 – 30 inches (to read the screen), and the lower part of the lens is for a range of 14 – 18 inches (to read papers).

If you wear bifocals, you will readily see the advantages of specialty bifocal glasses for computers. And, computer glasses can also be made as trifocals or multifocals, with a small portion of the upper lens dedicated to distance, so that you can see your boss coming or read the clock on the wall.

I have progressive trifocals, and the main area of the lens is perfect for reading my computer.

Computer Vision Syndrome Means Eye Fatigue

Almost 90% of all computer users suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) after only two hours of reading their monitors.  However, men and women over 40 are more at risk for CVS because their older eyes have difficulty changing focus. So, the best way for Boomers to avoid CVS is to keep a special pair of glasses near their computers. I must admit that Computer Vision Syndrome sounds like something “invented” to sell you more cute reading glasses, but CVS is not a fabrication; it is a true condition. The symptoms of CVS are:

  • Eyestrain (non-specific discomfort)
  • Eye fatigue
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Headache, neck ache or backache
  • Blurred near or distance vision
  • Double vision

If you don't have the right glasses, you probably have many of these symptoms.

Clip-On Computer Glasses for Regular Glasses

Computer Clip-ons are a cheaper (but uglier) fix for those of you who can't afford new prescription eyeglasses.  You can wear this type of clip-on over your current prescription eyewear, and the right clip-ons may give you the appropriate intermediate correction for reading your monitor.  However, I recommend buying a new set of glasses (for computer work) from an optometrist or optician if you have the resources.  I balked at spending more money on glasses, but I'm glad I did it.

The pros of clip-on computer glasses:

  • * They are cheaper.
  • * They come in different powers / strengths.
  • * You can flip them up when not in use.
  • * They can be removed.

The cons of clip-on computer glasses:

  • * They're not customizable.
  • * They don't have different power / strength for each eye.
  • * The wrong strength may cause worsening vision.
  • * They make you look like a dork.

As computer users begin to grow older, companies keep developing newer eyeglass technologies.  And, this is great because it helps us keep up with younger adults.  I recommend that all Boomers use every means available to keep our eye health up to speed.

I Wear Computer Glasses

I use computer glasses daily. Anyone who works at a computer should get clip-ons or a second pair of glasses made for computer use.  I don't know much about the clip-ons, but some people like them.

If you are buying new computer glasses, you should get the cheapest frames you can find, even if they are ugly, because no one cares what you look like when you're working at your desktop computer.  Of course, I didn't do that because I am vain.

So, I suppose you should consider where you will be when reading your monitor.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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2 Comments

  1. Valerie Wilson

    Thank you a thousand times for this article. I got such special glasses some seven-eight years ago, when I was really suffering with my eyes, and it was the best money I ever spent on myself. It was by no means easy to explain to my (young) eye-doctor what I needed. Fortunately when I went to the optician with his prescriptions for near and far sight glasses, he (as a computer user with eye defects) understood at once and made the "intermittent" prescription for me.
    I think this is a really useful artcile for a lot of people!
    Cheers,
    Valerie Wilson

  2. Christina Gregoire

    Valerie,

    Thanks for your comment. Computer glasses really do make a difference. Every now and then I find myself having a difficult time concentrating when I'm at my computer... and then I realize that I have the wrong glasses on. I have needed glasses (or contacts) for distance for my whole life (because I'm nearsighted), and I've needed bifocals for the last 10+ years, so sometimes I forget and wear my regular glasses when I go on my computer.

    Yes, I can see the computer screen with my everyday bifocals, but words and images are not as clear. Also, I get headaches and my vision goes blurry after a while when I'm wearing the wrong specs.

    I had never heard of computer glasses until about 5 years ago when a smart young optometrist at Costco asked if I spent a lot of time on a computer. He explained how computer glasses would help. Unfortunately, I decided not to get the second pair of glasses at that time, and I waited 2 more years to see if it was a "waste" of money to buy a second pair of glasses that were just for computer work.

    Wow. What a difference. These days, I keep my computer glasses in my purse when I leave the house. I can't use a computer for more than a few minutes without them. Don't wait like I did.