No Stigma in Needing Specialized Glasses


Before you go out and purchase a neck strap for another pair of glasses, you should know something. You are not turning into your parents. There is nothing to be ashamed of when needing glasses to be more productive at work. It’s becoming common for younger people too. 

If you are over 40 years of age, mid-life angst might creep into your mind. At your eye exam, you may be hesitant to admit that it is difficult to see the computer screen at work. You may be suffering from eye strain. As we age our eye muscles are not as strong as they used to be, and the cornea can thicken a bit. This condition is known as Presbyopia. 

Presbyopia is normal with age but can be complicated by the amount of time you spend staring at a digital screen. The first signs include difficulty seeing tiny print, images far away, and can cause headaches. Don’t rush to conclusions. You might not need to purchase multiple pairs of glasses. One for regular viewing, reading glasses, and glasses for the computer or multiple options like bifocals, trifocals, night vision coating, etc. Eyeglasses have come a long way, and the options are trendier and can serve multiple purposes with a single pair. 

An optometrist will determine which type is best for the patient. Lifestyle will play a significant roll in the choices your eye doctor makes. If you are only on the computer at work, or at random moments, then a separate pair may be cost-effective. Someone who uses technology more often may benefit from progressive lenses. Be honest with the eye doctor and allow them to assess the overall situation, not just the findings from a comprehensive eye exam. 

There are benefits to having a separate pair for the computer. First is practicality. If you have a designated pair of glasses for the computer, then it would make sense to store them at the computer. There is no need to fumble through multiple cases to find the glasses that address the current situation. 

Second is that computer glasses are proven to reduce errors and increase productivity. A study was performed and found that the symptoms were lessened in people already diagnosed with Presbyopia. Due to the conclusion of the study, some employers are paying for glasses, since it can save them more money in the long run. 

Lastly, your symptoms will improve. Headaches may resolve, eye strain, dry eyes, blurred vision, and shoulder pain from all the positioning to struggle to see the screen. Depending on your preference, no one will even know you have them unless you tell them. 

We don’t seem to think about our eye health as readily as we do the rest of our bodies. There is no stigma anymore, about needing glasses. The stigma is in not getting the help you need to be the best version of yourself possible. Besides, the person sitting in the next cubicle may even be wearing a pair.