Computer Glare Eye Strain

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Do You Have Computer Glare Eye Strain Symptoms?

  • Soreness of the eyes
  • A dry or grainy feeling while working, and sometimes while sleeping
  • Blurry or watering eyes
  • Difficulty in focusing, especially when you’re starting to get tired
  • Photo sensitivity, or sensitivity to light
  • Neck pain, shoulder pain or back pain
  • Headaches

Eye strain doesn’t necessarily trigger any disease, but there is no reason to suffer or prolong the uncomfortable symptoms.

If you are over 40, or over 50, you may have bought some reading glasses, or magnifiers, to read fine print. Often people do this before they ultimately go in for an eye test and purchase prescription lenses.

Sometimes an eye examination will reveal that each eye needs a different magnification. If the difference is great enough, the eye strain may continue to some degree with non-prescription magnifiers.

Ultimately, the ideal computer glasses would be prescribed for you, and also would block UV rays.

Computer Reading Glasses VS Reading Glasses

Computer reading glasses, whether tinted or clear, block UV rays. Just as sunlight can strain the eyes, computer screens emit blue rays that are harmful to the retina in the eye.

The lens and cornea both filter UV rays to some degree. Yet, think about how you strain your eyes if you spend eight to twelve hours a day in front of a computer, tablet, or phone screen.

Most people would not spend all day in sunlight without a brimmed hat, a visor, or sun glasses.

People trekking across snow wear UV blocking goggles, or they will develop snow blindness from the reflection, increasing the glare of the sunlight.

Now we do virtual trekking working, reading and watching television shows or movies on an electronic device. Every day!

When I first started reading most of my books on my Kindle Fire, I was aware of the eye strain and would switch out reading on it, and reading printed books. I thought this would help with my eye fatigue.

(Now that I have found the right reading glasses, I can read Kindle books on the tablet, or on my laptop,  all I want.)

What Are The Best Anti Glare Computer Glasses?

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Eye Strain And Computers – If you are older (over 40) you may mistakenly blame aging with blurry vision, dry eyes or sore eyes. There are different kinds of eye drops that sooth the eyes. Some are saline solutions and others are homeopathic or herbal (eyebright).

The eyes do age, but even cataracts rarely interfere with vision before the age of about eighty.

Do You Watch TV On The Computer Software?

If this is true in your case, you are adding additional hours to your computer glare eye strain! Why do people use the computer to view television shows and movies?

  • Cable contracts are too expensive
  • Netflix is way cheaper
  • Hulu is way cheaper
  • Amazon Prime includes entertainment as just one of its benefits and the per month expense is still a great savings

Does TV Emit Radiation? Alert To Gamers!

First, an urban myth about televisions emitting x-rays was perpetuated after an actual event in the 1960’s. GE had a recall of televisions that were emitting radiation. The most exposure went to children who sat close to the screens.

After that event, there was no more significant danger. CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions had lead in the screens for consumer protection. But –

Gamers And Old Monitors

Gamers are a discerning group when it comes to definition of image and their gaming speed. LED screens produce a slight input delay and have decreased definition, probably invisible to the non-gamer eye.

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Reading glasses with UV protection – Tried Them And Love Them!

I still have my first pair, the tinted glasses and I love them! I got a pair with tortoise shell type frames and my boss told me I looked like a rock star. I laughed my head off at that! And that style of eye glass frames is still popular, but eventually it will look goofy.

So I searched for new ones and found clear computer reading glasses with the same ultra violet ray protection. Those show at the top of this article.

They come in a variety of frames. And these glasses have 100% five star amazon reviews! I don’t find that common.
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The 18 Inch Fluorescent Light Bulb Glare

I used to work for a doctor who disliked the typical office tube lighting with the purplish glow. The ubiquitous 18 inch fluorescent light bulb.

Doc Kym explained that the fluorescent lights flicker constantly, which keeps our brain adjusting, just as constantly. And she thought that is why people experience fatigue unnecessarily in office spaces that use them. And they all use them!

Those lights (and the compact fluorescent bulbs that are heavily promoted to replace incandescents) also emit uv rays, harmful to the eyes.

This reminds me of a ballet teacher I once had many years ago – Monsieur Daniel Seillier. In our large studio we’d had hanging lights, probably installed in the 1930’s. They used incandescent bulbs.

Those vintage lights were left hanging, but fluorescent tube lights were added on the high ceiling, to be an improvement. M. Seillier hated them and would wear sun glasses when teaching in that particular ballet studio. We didn’t know that the modern lighting was indeed bad for the eyes.

The Cons To The Best Anti Glare Computer Glasses

Quite honestly – why would there be any? O.K., maybe one more thing to carry in one’s laptop bag, back pack or purse? Unless you have a pair in a few places. That’s my strategy anyway.

I just don’t see a real “Con” in preventing computer glare eye strain.
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12 thoughts on “Computer Glare Eye Strain

  1. JP

    This is a really great recommendation. Especially the UV part because it appears that there is a problem with the sun and I sight, at least that is what i’ve heard. I know that there is something safe about wearing sunglasses for the eyes, so when there are normal glasses out there helping people, that’s good!

    1. admin Post author

      You’re right, the blue (ultra violet rays) can cause eye damage. It seems many people these days sit in front of a computer screen a lot more than they even get into the sun.

  2. Eloah

    Great post! I never knew my eyes were burning and watering because of the glare of the computer screen. I always thought I was allergic to something near my desk. I keep taking Benadryl and nothing gets better… lol. Good to know. Will need to get one of these glasses. Thanks for sharing this information!

  3. ellen

    Informative article for sure. I spend quite a bit of time at the computer and I certainly do suffer scratchy eyes. Sometimes they water and I have to wipe tears off my face. Quite bothersome really.

    So you recommend the UV computer glasses. I am near and far sighted and use a x2 for reading and a x1.5 for driving. Needless to say, I get plenty of eye-strain. Can a person get the UV computer glasses with magnification?

  4. Therese Roth

    What are your views on the actual structure of the glass in these glasses?
    Do you think a natural-based geometry in the molecular structure might be significant?

    Sorry for the barrage of questions, just wrote an article on an online university platform to raise awareness about copying nature more in the manufacturing of the transparent surfaces, and to get discussion going on this topic.

    A commenter referred me to your site.
    I didn’t know so many products are already out there…

    Interesting products and information!


    1. admin Post author

      I’m sorry I just saw this now. I truly do not know anything about glass structure. Natural always sounds better – but I can’t answer that.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi BodieMor and thanks for leaving a comment here. Our eyes are precious and the exposure to UV rays is overload for most peeps these days!

  5. Rebecca

    Hi! Nice review on computer reading glasses. The benefits are adequate and the price is reasonable. I wear prescription glasses, do I still need computer glasses? Considering the cost of prescription glasses, I was thinking that probably the benefits of computer glasses are already incorporated in the prescription glasses. Or I could be wrong. Does the prescription glasses not protect from UV rays?

    1. Dee Post author

      Hi Rebecca! Thanks for visiting my site! As fas as I know, prescriptions are however you order them. I am not sure whether or not you have to make a point of asking for lenses that filter out UV rays. A quick look at a few sites indicates that you usually must ask for a type of lens that filters UV rays. You can check to see if you had a UV filter coating added to your presciptions, perhaps you did. Cheers!


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