Each year, it seems as though I’m spending more and more time in front of a computer or smartphone, and I know I’m not the only one who gets headaches from all of this screen time. So when Phonetic Eyewear asked me if I was interested in trying a pair of their computer glasses, my curiosity was definitely piqued.
Computer glasses sound super nerdy (and a quick Google Images search confirms that), but Phonetic Eyewear’s options are decidedly cool, and aim to prevent eye strain. I picked out a few frames I liked and polled my friends before picking out the Caitlin frames in black blue raspberry (currently out of stock, but the Harper were my runner-up!).
I choose to get regular computer glasses instead of a prescription pair for a couple reasons. One, I find my eyestrain (digital and otherwise) are worse when I wear contacts all day. Two, I can’t be bothered switching between three glasses (regular, computer and sun) on the regular. A note on prescription computer glasses: they’re doable, but if you have a strong prescription (🙋), additional charges are likely to add up real quick. #thestruggleisreal
So do computer glasses really work? I had the best results when I wore my glasses to start the day, instead of waiting until a headache (my most common eyestrain symptom) kicked in. I also felt like I don’t have to tone down the brightness of my devices as much, which makes things easier to read as well. There is a blue reflection (it’s all the blue light), so I do not recommend these glasses for selfies. As a wearer, there is a slight yellow tint, but I mean slight. I don’t think it’s noticeable for others, but if you take off your computer glasses for lunch, for example, it’ll take a second to adjust. The best way I can explain it is it’s as if you’re wearing the weakest of sunglasses indoors while on the computer. The adjustment was minimal for me.
If you experience eyestrain and are curious about computer glasses, I would definitely recommend trying out Phonetic Eyewear. Non-prescription glasses start at under $50 (remember, they’re stylish too!), and they can make the workday that much easier for a small investment.
Have you heard of or tried computer glasses before? I’d love to hear your experiences!
I received a free pair of glasses from Phonetic Eyewear in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.