After struggling with migraines, headaches, dizziness and nausea combined with a wry neck I decided to take the advice I had gotten on the stupid question 141, Stupid Question 141: Do computer glasses work?. I went ahead and got an exam. How I ended up doing it was an interesting story. I was standing in line at the grocery store at a large shopping center, and was looking at the reading glasses. ‘Wonder if I need a pair?’, I tried them on and my husband that looked extremely bored after a three-hour-shopping session commented that i should just do a check instead. ‘Well, I don’t think they do drop in’s here’ I answered and put the glasses back. A lady, mid 50’s or so, she looked homeless and talked with a slur that gave away that she was probably struggling with some sort of substance abuse, looked up at me (she was a head shorter than me) at said ‘Oh they do, they do drop-in here. You should really go have an exam’. She had the largest- and weirdest, smile I had seen, ever. I didn’t know what to reply, the whole situation was a little odd. I paid for my energy drinks and decided, okay, let’s see if I can have that exam today. One hour later I was sitting in the optometrist office. ‘Cover your left eye and read..’ ‘Sure, Z, S, N and O’. ‘Now the other eye’. As soon as I covered the right eye the text blurred out, I felt slightly dizzy and couldn’t focus. What the? ‘Let me try that again..’ 30 minutes later I was paying for prescription glasses. Turns out I have astigmatism and hyperopia,- not a lot, but with the work I do it would be enough to trigger the migraines and what not. I made sure I asked about computer glasses, and she told me that there is no difference between modern prescription glasses and computer glasses, as most glasses today are anti-glare coated. Computer glasses were often called so, because they would be prescribed to people who usually don’t need glasses, but staring in a screen from a short distance all day was for some a problem that could be solved with prescription glasses. As for coatings to increase contrast, this was not something that was ordinary prescribed. ‘If you are using prescription glasses, you already have your computer glasses in your case’.
So I’ve shelved my Gunnar-dreams and in 7-10 days I’ll be decorating my face with some metal and glass. Let’s see how that goes.
And in short, according to my optometrist there is not difference between modern prescription glasses and computer glasses,- not usually anyway. I’ll probably ask a few more, but it sounds credible.