Reading vs Computer Glasses: What Are The Differences & Which Is For You?

girl holding laptop reading glasses singapore
girl holding laptop reading glasses singapore

Our eyes are precious organs that need to be taken care of but you will be surprised at how many people in Singapore require glasses. In an article by The Straits Times back in 2013, Singapore was found to have the highest rate of myopia with people spending around $300 million on prescription glasses every year! One can only imagine how much more the number has increased almost 10 years later. 

But it is also worthy to note that not everyone who requires glasses gets a pair because of myopia. There are other reasons such as farsightedness and protection against blue light too and hence, we will be sharing more about the differences between reading glasses and computer glasses so you get a better idea of which is for you. 

Read on to find out more!

What are reading glasses?

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Reading glasses are the opposite of glasses for myopia. Instead of helping you to see farther objects, reading glasses allow you to read something up close, such as a book, by bringing small print into focus. 

Most people who require reading glasses are usually older as they help to compensate for blurry vision related to presbyopia, an age-related problem in which the ability to focus on objects up close becomes difficult.  

What are computer glasses?

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Computer glasses are designed to be worn when working on the computer, as its name suggests. The main objective is to reduce digital strain as our eyes are simply not made for staring at near objects, such as a glowing computer screen, for long periods of time. 

A good pair of computer glasses reduce the focusing your eyes have to do while protecting them from blue light that causes tired eyes and headaches. 

They can also correct any nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. 

So, what are the differences between reading glasses and computer glasses?

The biggest difference between reading glasses and computer glasses is that the former corrects just your vision, while the latter corrects your vision and protects your eyes from blue light at the same time with an added coating. 

Another difference is using them for separate purposes because of the distance between the object and your eyes. Computer glasses are usually used at an average distance of 24 inches from your eyes while reading glasses are used at an average of 15 inches (the typical distance when reading a book).

Reading glasses and computer glasses: which should you choose?

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Despite their differences, your decision should ultimately be made based on your lifestyle and preferences. 

If you spend most of your time on the computer and find that your eyes are dry and tired after that, you may benefit more from wearing computer glasses

But if you find yourself reading printed items more than spending time looking at the screen, then reading glasses may be better. 

Shop reading glasses and computer glasses from IZIPIZI and select from a range of different shapes and colours to suit your personality and style. 

They are now available on Ante Limited, a concept store in Singapore which brings in specially curated brands and products. 

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