Computer lenses are engineered to meet the visual demands unique to computer use. Today’s work environment is more demanding visually than ever before – creating eyestrain and eye fatigue, headaches, and neck pain.
In today’s work environment, it is not uncommon for individuals to spend the majority of the day working on a computer. Computer use includes desktops, iPads, smart phones, laptops, etc. This creates eyestrain that can result in eye discomfort or pain, headaches, neck or back pain, or vision that seems to worsen or fluctuate throughout the day.
According to the American Optometric Association:
“Viewing a computer or digital screen often makes the eyes work harder. As a result, the unique characteristics and high visual demands of computer and digital screen viewing make many individuals susceptible to the development of vision-related symptoms. Uncorrected vision problems can increase the severity of computer vision syndrome (CVS) or digital eyestrain symptoms. Viewing a computer or digital screen is different than reading a printed page. Often the letters on the computer or handheld device are not as precise or sharply defined, the level of contrast of the letters to the background is reduced, and the presence of glare and reflections on the screen may make viewing difficult.”
Many people assume that glasses or contact lenses prescribed for distance correction can also be used for computer use. For some people this is true, However, for the majority of people this is not the case. The prescription required for computer use is often different from the prescription used for distance correction or reading correction.
When choosing a computer lens it is important that the lens meet the requirements of your specific work environment. Be sure to discuss the number of computer screens or devices used throughout the day; the working distance of each screen or device; and your expectation of viewing distance.
The Right Lenses for Your Job
Eyeglasses with standard reading or traditional progressive lenses are generally not ideal for working at the computer because the relevant areas of the lens are not optimized for office work.
Reading glasses, for example, only enable optimum vision for a short distance – too short for working at the computer, looking at your desk, or conversing with co-workers.
With progressive lenses, however, the wearer looks at the monitor through the lower area of the lens and must tilt their head upwards in order to see the screen clearly.
Both types of lenses promote an unnatural posture while sitting, potentially causing muscle tension in your back, shoulders and back as well as headaches.
In our hi-tech world we now have hi-tech eyeglass lenses developed and tailored to today’s work environment. Ergonomically designed lenses to improve all day comfort by Zeiss.
At Artisan Optics we offer Zeiss Office Lenses – designed for today’s professionals. Our doctors will recommend the specific Zeiss Office Lens best suited to your work space and requirements on the job.
These lenses are optimized for the viewing distance between you and your computer screen, the distance to the customer or a co-worker or the perfect distance for reading, allowing your eyes to relax and ensuring a more suitable posture.
Our doctors can recommend the specific lens that’s best for you! Already have a prescription? Not a problem. Stop by. We’re happy to help.
Meeting Your Visual Demands
If you’re like a lot of people…spending most of your day working on a computer…you have unique visual demands.
And more of us are working on a computer than ever before. According to a 2018 report published in BMJ Open Ophthalmology:
“Recent data, representative of contemporary devices and usage patterns, indicate that [Digital Eyestrain] is a very common problem affecting many millions of individuals. The 2016 Digital Eye Strain report,8 which included survey responses from over 10 000 US adults, identified an overall self-reported symptom prevalence of 65%, with females more commonly affected than males (69% vs 60% prevalence).”
The visual demands of working on a computer are quite different from seeing in the distance or reading. That’s why, for a lot of people, contact lenses or glasses prescribed for everyday wear can cause significant discomfort and vision problems when using a computer. It’s important to have an eye exam with an eye doctor who specializes in computer vision prescriptions. The doctors at Artisan Optics are experts in computer vision! You’ll get the prescription you need and we can help you select the best computer lens for your particular work environment.
At Artisan Optics we specialize in solving computer vision problems. Give us a call and schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.