An ultimate guide on computer glasses and standard progressive lenses

Lensmart 2022-01-06 11:43:37

If you work with your computer for hours or you use your smartphone for a long time each day, it would help if you use computer progressive lenses. A computer progressive lens may either be computer glasses or standard progressive lenses but for the purpose of this article, we will refer to them from time to time as computer progressive lenses.

Computer Glasses

Computer glasses are special prescription eyeglasses designed for computer work. People who work with computers regularly can use these glasses to maintain focus without moving too close to the screen. Computer glasses have magnifying lenses that emboldened words and objects which makes them top choices for other activities like shooting and piano lessons.

Computer glasses

Standard Progressive Lenses

Standard progressive lenses also have magnifying features similar to computer glasses. They bring objects into view even if they are far away and are effective for those who suffer from eye strain. 

However, unlike computer glasses, standard progressive lenses require much larger frames. Also, note that they are different from premium progressive lenses that need a much smaller frame. But overall, standard progressive lenses are affordable, offer medical value and can be worn by users of all ages.

upper and lower segment of the progressive lens

Which is better, computer glasses or standard progressive lenses?     

The debate about which is better between computer glasses and standard progressive lenses has been raging for a very long time with no clear winner. 

This is because people have their preferences and in most cases, preferences are shaped by their needs. But if you intend to buy glasses solely for computer use, computer glasses are better because they protect you from eye strain which you may still experience even with a standard progressive lens on.

Computer glasses have lenses that offer wider coverage than standard progressive lenses and they are lighter. But the latter has its advantages as well since it can be worn by almost anyone including children. Moreover, the medical value they offer makes them a top choice for those who suffer from ultraviolet light produced by phone and computer screens.

At the end of the day, your needs should determine which of the two you go for but seeking the advice of an optometrist before you buy any is important.

Tips to choose the best computer glasses

If you have decided to buy computer glasses for personal use, there are a few factors you should consider before you buy one. This is because not all computer glasses will be good for you so in order not to make a mistake, read our buying tips.

1. Comfort: The last thing you want is to buy glasses that will cause you fatigue. This is even more true if you are going to have it on for several hours each day. The glasses you go for should be as lightweight as possible to ensure comfort.

2. Anti-reflective coat: The glasses should also have anti & reflective coating to reduce or completely prevent glare. Also called AR, anti reflective coats protect the eyes from harsh work subtle UV light which is a known cause of eye strain. If it has a blue light filter, that is even better.

3. Face shape: If you plan to wear your computer glasses outdoors, fashion and style are things to be considered as well. You don't want to look odd in public, do you? Do we suggest you check your facial structure and go for a frame that fits you best? You also want to consider other features like your skin color when picking a frame.

Computer glasses

Tips to choose the best standard progressive lenses

In case you have decided to go for standard progressive lenses in place of computer glasses, here are the factors you should consider in order to make the best choice.

1. Get an eye exam: Standard progressive lenses are far more complex than computer glasses and most people who use them do so at the behest of a professional. So the first thing you should do before you even make a decision about using one is to take an exam. When reviewing the results of the eye test, the optometrist will furnish you with an informed professional opinion regarding whether you even need a standard progressive lens in the first place.

The professional will also be able to recommend a suitable option for you between a standard option and a premium option. With such professional advice, you will hardly go wrong when shopping for one.

2. Buy the right one: Shopping for standard progressive lenses is not the same as shopping for just any fashion accessory. For the latter, you can buy anything that catches your fancy but for the former, you have to follow your eye doctor's recommendations.

3. Read the warranty: Sellers of computer progressive lenses have their warranties attached to the items that they sell. You want to make sure you read the warranty of a seller you are planning to buy from carefully. Do they accept detective lenses? What are their terms and conditions? Do they offer cashback or replace a defective product with a good one? Make sure you understand their terms of sale before you buy from them.

4. Budget: Standard progressive lenses cost a lot of money that is why you should consider your budget before you start shopping for one. As with all things sold online, you will find retailers marketing theirs at different prices so take your time and don't be in a hurry to buy the first one you find.

Computer progressive lenses are useful accessories because they allow you to work with your computer for long periods without subjecting yourself to risks caused by harmful blue light, glares and eye strain. But before you decide to wear one, we recommend that you seek medical advice so you know which lens will serve you best. 

Other considerations to take to heart when shopping for progressive lenses are your skin color, face shape and the weight of the frame. If you take these factors into consideration, you will most definitely get a lens that is right for you.

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