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When creating your holiday shopping list, there are likely a few items that always seem to make the cut like new socks or the latest electronic gadget. But if you’re looking to really impress someone you care about, why not give them the gift of computer glasses? You might even feel extra generous and decide to gift yourself a pair this year too, as quality eyewear is an item that keeps on giving. When there are so many things that make for great gifts, why would anyone choose computer glasses? Believe it or not, most adults spend the majority of their day staring at a screen. Whether you’re checking social media while you eat breakfast, reading emails during the workday, or watching your favorite television show at night, we’re all exposed to digital devices. Many don’t realize that these electronics actually emit a wavelength of light, referred to as “blue light”, that can damage our eyesight over time and cause symptoms that include headaches, eye strain, or dry eyes. Others find that their quality of sleep is compromised as well, making computer glasses a must-have item. Before you start searching the web for the perfect pair of computer glasses, let Gamma Ray help. In this guide, we’ll cover everything from lens options to frame style and help you to choose the perfect pair for yourself or someone you love.

Do I Need Computer Glasses?

Whether you’ve been wearing prescription eyewear for decades or you have perfect vision, you likely need a pair of computer glasses. As previously mentioned, almost every single person spends the bulk of their day looking at a screen. If you think you might be the exception, take a moment to consider what a typical day looks like. You probably look at your phone or watch the news in the morning and then head to an office where you’re in front of a computer screen most of the day. In many cases, you could even be sitting under fluorescent lighting that can bring on the same types of symptoms as blue light exposure. After a long day at work, you may want to watch a movie, play some video games, or spend time catching up with your friends via text. All of this blue light exposure day after day can take its toll and leave you with computer vision syndrome, an eye condition that can cause blurred vision, dizziness, and vision issues. Thankfully, Gamma Ray’s line of computer glasses feature UV protection along with a blue-blocking coating that helps to keep your vision safe.

Lens Options

Computer glasses are more than just a pair of lenses in a frame, as you have several options to choose from. Shoppers can select between two different lens tints as well as a magnified or non-magnified version depending on your vision needs. Let’s explore a little more about what each of these entails and learn why you may want to choose one option over another. When in doubt, consider trying multiple types of computer glasses to see which combination of features works the best for your visual needs.

Exposure to blue light has been shown to disrupt our circadian rhythm, the “internal clock” that helps our bodies to know when it’s time to sleep at night. Instead of having to stay away from screens hours before bed, you can wear a pair of tinted computer glasses to help block blue light from reaching your eyes. One option is to select a yellow or amber tinted lens, as this helps to stop blue light from reaching your cornea. These computer glasses are ideal for daytime use while in front of screens but shouldn’t be worn 24/7. If you’re using a digital device right before bed, a darker orange lens is recommended. Rather than laying in bed at night for hours unable to sleep, wearing an orange-tinted pair of computer glasses can help you to maintain your circadian rhythm.

Along with lens tint, you’ll also want to consider if you need computer glasses with magnification. While some people are able to wear a non-magnified version and still benefit from its blue-blocking properties, most find that even a small amount of magnification can help, especially when on the computer for long periods of time. You won’t need a prescription from your eye doctor to wear Gamma Ray glasses, but keep in mind that this eyewear isn’t able to be customized either. If you find that the magnification you’re using isn’t quite doing what you’d hoped, it might be time to visit your eye care professional.

Shape Matters

Computer glasses don’t have to be all about function, as the style you choose can help you to make a statement about who you are. It’s important to consider that your eyewear compliments your face in every way possible, from color to size to shape. Frames are designed to contrast your face shape, so it’s imperative that you spend some time looking in the mirror before you make a purchase. Is your face round or oval? What about square, heart-shaped, or triangular? In most instances, your face is actually a combination of several of these shapes, but it helps to take some time actually evaluating which face shape is most dominant. Individuals with a more rounded face tend to look great in frames that are slightly more angular, while those with a strong jawline find that softer shapes are very flattering.

One Size Doesn't Fit All

So far we’ve uncovered a number of factors to consider when purchasing computer glasses for yourself or a loved one including the various lens options available and the shape of the frame. Fashion and function are critical when wearing glasses, but there’s one more element to consider that can sometimes make or break someone’s eyewear experience: fit. Individuals who are committed to wearing computer glasses every time they’re on a digital device will likely be wearing their eyewear for many hours each day, so it’s important that their frames fit them comfortably. If you’re not sure what size you wear it can be difficult to place an order online, but there’s an easy way to determine which Gamma Ray frame is right for you.

You’ll see three numbers on most pairs of eyeglasses and these refer to different parts of the frame. The first number describes the width of each lens in millimeters and can range in size. A typical adult pair of glasses will have lenses between 50 mm and 55 mm wide. The next number references the bridge, the part of the frame that goes over your nose. Common bridge sizes range from 15 mm to 20 mm. Lastly, the third number is the temple length, the portion of the frame that goes over your ears. These are often as short as 125 mm but can be as long as 150 mm. When in doubt you can find eyewear sizing guides online that can help you to determine which size frames are right for your face.

Lets Get Stylish

Even if you view them more as a necessity than a fun way to be fashionable, computer glasses play a large role in how you’re perceived by others. Your glasses say something about who you are and what you like, even if you’re only wearing them a few hours per day. Consider this new set of eyewear as an accessory and think about the type of style you want to portray: a sleek design that exudes professionalism might be the way to go while others prefer funky shapes and bold colors. Thankfully, computer glasses are affordable enough for individuals to own multiple pairs, allowing you to change your frames depending on your outfit or mood. Friends, family, and business colleagues will remember you for your glasses if you wear something that’s out of the box, so make sure to consider your style before you make a purchase.

Computer Glasses - This Years Essential Gift

Now that we’ve uncovered what computer glasses can really do to help improve your vision and your overall well-being, it’s clear that this item is one of the best purchases you can make this holiday season. Keep in mind that computer eyewear doesn’t have to be expensive but can bring an immense amount of value to someone’s life. If you’re unsure about which pair to purchase, remember that Gamma Ray offers a 30-day return and exchange period, so you can buy with confidence. As if that wasn’t reason enough, our Black Friday sale gives you 25% off every purchase, allowing you to save even more money this shopping season. Those who are buying the latest tech gadget for a loved one may want to consider adding a pair of computer glasses into the box to show you truly care while others will certainly treat themselves to a pair or two of our latest styles. From the team at Gamma Ray Optix to you, your friends, and your family, we wish you the happiest and safest holiday season.