Computer Reading Glasses
If you've addressed the common issues with appropriate lighting and ergonomics and still have eye fatigue symptoms there is one more avenue to explore — specialized computer reading glasses
We wrote about the Gunnar Optiks glasses that have made their way into the mainstream. Gunnar offers a specialized pair of frames that feature yellow-tinted lenses that claim to improve contrast. You can try these at a local Best Buy, but their aggressive styling and yellow tint may not be for everyone — especially if you spend a lot of time looking at images.
In search for our own eye fatigue solution we fittingly stumbled across Eyefatigue.com. This site offers straight-forward, no-frills computer glasses with 0.25 magnification at about the quarter of the cost of Gunnars. The 0.25 magnification or diopter is smaller than what you can typically find in reading glasses (1.00 diopter and up) — giving just the slightest nudge in magnification to make reading things in the two feet viewing range more comfortable. What we like most, though, is the choice for a more subtle green tint that has a less severe color shift on images we view on-screen (as shown in the image below). These features coupled with the anti-glare coating do a good job of alleviating the eye strain and fatigue and keep us running in the blogosphere a bit more happily.
Let us know if you have found any computer reading glasses or eye strain solutions in the comments!
(Images: Chris Perez)