Reading Glasses VS Computer Glasses (Types, Powers & Prescription Options)

Reading Glasses VS Computer Glasses (Types, Powers & Prescription Options)

Learn the differences between reading glasses vs computer glasses and which one may work best for you. Check out our full series on How to Reduce EYE STRAIN here:

If you experience eye strain or have challenges seeing your computer screen clearly, you may benefit from using computer glasses of some kind. People often ask me if reading glasses and computer glasses are the same, and while technically they are not, they have some similarities. In fact, some people may be able to use reading glasses as computer glasses.

The biggest difference between computer glasses vs reading glasses is the powers needed. Computer glasses usually need less power than what is in reading glasses because we usually hold reading material closer than the computer screen.
The best eyeglasses for reading and computer are prescription computer glasses, but there are several options to choose from. Prescription computer glasses can come as single vision computer lenses, progressive lenses or even an office based progressive lens.

0:00 Reading Glasses Vs Computer Glasses
0:43 Are reading glasses and computer glasses the same
1:15 Can Reading Glasses be used as computer glasses
1:33 What power of Reading glasses to use
2:21 Harmon Distance
3:17 Computer Glasses Power
4:40 Eye Drops for Reading Glasses
5:03 Computer Glasses Vs Prescription Glasses
5:32 Best eyeglasses for reading and computer
6:44 Computer Glasses vs Progressive
7:40 Office Computer Glasses Explained

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About This Video: Are computer glasses stronger than reading glasses? Join us as we compare reading glasses vs computer glasses. Many people use reading glasses as their computer glasses, however they are different in that reading glasses are usually stronger than computer glasses.

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  1. Sumit Ghoshal on February 4, 2023 at 3:59 am

    My Sph is +1.5. I bought one progressive lens spectacles with anti blue light and anti reflection features for doing pc work for 7-8 hours. But when I use the spectacles for reading texts in Microsoft work, watching YouTube videos, reading comments on YouTube, I find the words/sentences and videos look blurry in the upper and middle portion of the progressive lens and somewhat clear in the lower portion. This thing never happen in a near glass/reading glass. What should I do now? Should I use progressive lens or go for reading glass spectacles with anti blue light , anti-reflective features?

  2. Jim D on February 4, 2023 at 4:03 am

    Hello just got a pair of computer glasses only,But don’t like the ideal of having to look over the glasses if someone walks in the door…. Just wondering is they an option for the very top half of glasses for distance and the bottom half for the computer?? Tried the progressive’s ,AND HATE lol

  3. dat_gye_joe_daddy on February 4, 2023 at 4:03 am

    I just got my dedicated computer glasses!! its amazing how much more productive I am being!

  4. BlackDrip on February 4, 2023 at 4:03 am

    Hi, how do we know if we are wearing the wrong prescription glasses for astigmatism?

  5. Chris Adams on February 4, 2023 at 4:04 am

    I am really enjoying your videos. The content is the perfect level for me. I’ve found some professionals glance over the details to provide the options available or if pushed for more info, go into clinical, technical language. Neither of which has helped me learn.

    I wish I could make an appointment with you in person!

    My main job is 80/10/10 people contact/computer/reading & writing tasks.

    My other role is 70/20/10 computer/desk/people.

    I am struggling with my 1.75 optometrist + 2.0 off the rack reading glasses. On off on off all day.

    Trying to educate myself towards a better solution.

  6. Mark Day on February 4, 2023 at 4:09 am

    How is the power (diopters) related to focal length (especially if you need some correction beyond magnification)? It seems like you want computer glasses to focus at the same distance as your glasses to the monitor.

  7. Miss J. on February 4, 2023 at 4:09 am

    How do you calculate the strengh need for computer lenses from you progressive lens prescription?

  8. Miss J. on February 4, 2023 at 4:09 am

    For those who spend long hours in front of a computer, progressive lenses suck. I think it it will be cheaper and more convienent for me to have 3 pairs of eyeglasses instead of one $1000 progressive.

  9. Jane M Blackboot on February 4, 2023 at 4:11 am

    FOr the first time I just got progressive glasses and I am not enjoying trying to use them for computer work. Im nearsighted and thought these progressives would be great, but they are terrible. There is no sweet spot for mid range, and to see anything on my desk I have to tilt back so far its very uncomfortable. Is it possible that the mid and bottom portion is not correct prescription? You have explained things much better than the optical shop I went to, so thank you. Its like these progressoves make my mid and close range vision 10 times worse and I just don’t understand.

  10. Andrew on February 4, 2023 at 4:12 am

    Hi, Sir, I get dizzy after looking at the screen is it normal? Would it be helped with computer glasses?

  11. longfootbuddy on February 4, 2023 at 4:14 am

    its a funny thing.. i have to wear these 20 something year old glasses covered in scratches, because every time i try to get a replacement for them, they play this game where im supposed to choose if i want to see 2 feet in front of me, or 4 feet, or 6 feet, or 10 feet.. and im like, cant you give me glasses to correct my vision at all ranges like in the past? and theyre like, oh no, thats silly talk, youre not a kid, so you need to choose whether you want to see here or over there.. you need a different pair of glasses for each thing you do in life.. you need some grass cutting glasses, and wipe your butt glasses, and look to see who came to the door glasses, and you need an orange juice pouring glasses, and lemonaid pouring glasses.. you need to just buy a thousand pairs of glasses from us, because were not in the business of letting you see at a reasonable cost, were in the money making gaslighting business

  12. Jackie on February 4, 2023 at 4:15 am

    Office glasses are a thing? The optometrists I’ve been to seem to be surprised that I need a pair of bifocals for the computer and reading, and I’m about to go back for the third time to get that prescription corrected. Why they don’t listen to me when I tell them that my reading distance is farther away than normal I just don’t know. Do the office glasses have a line or are they like progressives just without the middle area?

  13. Neek Reden on February 4, 2023 at 4:17 am

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  14. B B on February 4, 2023 at 4:21 am

    my sphere is .25 different for my eyes. my add is the same. do i get the higher or lower strength readers. ex. 3.75 vs 3.5.

  15. Zombiie Love Quad Creations on February 4, 2023 at 4:21 am

    Then why is my eye Dr insistent in putting me in reading glasses when I don’t have problems seeing close even tho I’m mid 40s? I need distance but can’t see my phone with my distance glasses. Instead I got eyezen bifocal lenses and I can see my phone, but I’ve been sea sick since I got them! My problem now is I can thread a needle without glasses, but after wearing these I’m having issues seeing now!! I’m very angry about this. They said I can’t get a zero power in the bottom they put me in a 3 in eyezen. Why?! Please help me understand!

  16. artistphilb on February 4, 2023 at 4:23 am

    I have a prescription on my left eye that is SPH 0.00 CYL -1.25 AXIS 15, the right eye is slightly different but i find that reading text on a computer with the left eye is easier with them off, i can see better overall at a distance with them on and can focus with the right eye fine on text at 1mtr from computer and at a distance. I would expect that the eye with SPH 0.00 should be fine at any distance, am i wrong about this? have lost faith in the optician as they first made the lens to Axis 115 by mistake

  17. Kalicia McNeese on February 4, 2023 at 4:23 am

    I got reading glasses to help me see the words in my math textbook

  18. Dan Carpenter on February 4, 2023 at 4:25 am

    Do you recommend any eye care computer monitors for limiting eye strain and minimizing presbyopia effects?

  19. Lee Busch on February 4, 2023 at 4:29 am

    You educate on all the things my optometrist is too busy to mention. Thank you for filling in this massive educational gap.

  20. Fauzia Shaheen on February 4, 2023 at 4:30 am

    Jao g .

  21. Mr Bill Hilly on February 4, 2023 at 4:31 am

    I have a light-sensitive retina due to my retina being bruised years ago in a near-fatal car crash. Back then, I was told to "man-up" & "nothing we can do to help" (a polite way of saying I deserve what I get for crashing a car as a teenager). Also, that damaged eye doesn’t track in when I’m reading/focusing. I suggested to my optometrist about prism lenses & due to my age he was able to magnify it enough; oh how much better I see & my eyes are no longer in pain. Got myself tint-changing lenses with my new pair of glasses due to LEDs being used in more electronic devices. I wear prescription glasses with tin-change & blue light filtering for driving now also, as car headlights & street lights have LEDs which burn my retina. LEDs are a terrible light for our vision, they emit a blue-white wavelength & being a diode they also pulse rapidly like a projection (picture tube) TV. So with LEDs we’re not just getting the UV-spectrum blue-white wavelength of light into our eyes, but we’re also being pulsed as a diode cuts the sinewave; LED= Light Emitting Diode. Dr. Allen, if people are having their vision dazzled at night, it’s because of auto manufacturers using LEDs to "save energy"….. SunSync XT’s worked great for me, they not-only did a great job reducing the Australian sun, but cut-down the LED lights going into my eyes. LEDs should not be used in cars, domestic lighting, general lighting & stadium floodlighting, they are unhealthy for our eyes. We should go back to natural halogen.

  22. Jason Steffek on February 4, 2023 at 4:31 am

    Great information, especially about "office progressives".

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  25. Barb Carroll on February 4, 2023 at 4:34 am

    thank you. about to have cataract implants with extreme myopia. need prescription computer glasses and reading glasses,, maybe progressive over the monofocal distance implants.

  26. María Fernanda Mejía-Salazar on February 4, 2023 at 4:34 am

    Thanks for the video!
    So… it is still unclear to me if I need a specific prescription for computer glasses that is different from distance glasses.

    If I get a full prescription pair (so no bifocals nor progressive) with my Sphere, Cyl and Axis measurements, I will clearly see far (such as when walking and driving), but they are not what you are describing as a ‘full prescription pair’ ideally for the computer (min 5:44). Is that correct?

    I have a prescription with Sphere, Cyl and Axis (OD: -2.00, nothing, nothing; OS -0.75, -0.25 and 065). I also have a +1 for each eye under ‘Add’ but I truly only need to read in an arm’s distance just before going to bed when I read a book, the rest of the time I am 31-34 inches (80-86 cm) away from a 2 screen computer (8 h per day Mon to Fr), or walking and driving (evenings and weekends).

    Should I go back to my optometrist and get measurements for computer glasses, or my prescription is descriptive enough for the optician to make those?

    MANY thanks

  27. Pixelygon on February 4, 2023 at 4:35 am

    I wear +1.25 magnification for my reading (14 inches away). What should I wear for monitor glasses that is about 2 and half feet in distance?

  28. David Haskins on February 4, 2023 at 4:37 am

    Your videos have the absolute best information about how eyes and eyewear work. Thank you so much for bringing clarity and helpful info to this topic.

  29. Mike Crowley on February 4, 2023 at 4:37 am

    Very well explained video…I learned a lot from it, Thank you!

  30. B BRITN on February 4, 2023 at 4:38 am

    I used to be able to see my iMac computer clearly by just taking off my glasses; now the text is getting a little blurry. I’m seriously considering getting a pair of computer glasses now.

  31. Nic3Per on February 4, 2023 at 4:38 am

    Is it okay to wear reading glasses when you have perfect vision?

  32. somebodypeculiar on February 4, 2023 at 4:39 am

    I’m 69, near sighted, and have been wearing glasses since 6th grade. My glasses are progressives. When I read a book I just take my glasses off. But I spend many hours each day at a computer, distance to the ultra-wide screen 34 inches, give or take. And I move my head a LOT to get that sharp view of the spot I’m reading. When I got my last new prescription, besides the (expensive!) pair I got from the same place as my exam, I took the prescription to a generally well respected discount optical store, where I bought a second pair to the same specifications. That pair stays in my car so I can drive if something happens to the first pair. I also had the discount place make a third pair that I asked to be computer glasses. Boy, do I wish I’d watched this video first! If anything, the "window" of sharpness is smaller than my first pair! I have to move my head even more.
    Live and learn. I suspect what I want is progressives, with the top optimized for around 36", the middle 34", and the bottom maybe 22 to 24 inches (keyboard distance. I’m not sure the discount place will understand that, or be able to provide it.

    One more point… Many years ago I got a new pair that were made wrong. One night, tired, driving home on an interstate, I found I could not read the big green signs! But the dust on the dashboard was absolutely sharp! I took them back, and they tested the prescription. It was exactly right! But the interpupillary distance was wrong, much closer together than my eyes. But I can’t forget how sharp the dust on the dashboard was. It makes me wonder if glasses for close work shouldn’t be set up so that when the eyes converge at, for example, 34", they aren’t each looking through that ideal spot on their respective lenses, rather than those ideal spots being directly in front of each eye, which is only optimal for long distances.

  33. Brian Maalouf on February 4, 2023 at 4:39 am

    Great Video, SpyDad uses Ray-Ban Stories to shoot videos on his channel. I thought I would share as an example of neat way to use smart glasses and spy glasses. Here’s the SpyDad channel

  34. Larisa Williams on February 4, 2023 at 4:41 am

    What are your thoughts on Neurolens glasses for computer use?

  35. Bernd Colve on February 4, 2023 at 4:43 am

    I am happy to have normal glasses for far sight like outdoor/traffic and computer glasses for nearer sight to computer screen and typical room distances (0,5 .. 5 m), both are prescription glasses but I had to pay extra for the varifocals glasses with reading focus area (2000€ for both). After 2 medical eye surgeries (age 2 and 5 years) correcting my squinting (strabismus) before visiting school, I always needed prescription glasses for the far and the near sight distances specialized for my two different eye sight strongnesses. Today local shops sell normal glasses up to 3 dioptrin, which does help me as my eyes require 4,5 to 6,5 dioptrins.

  36. Tla on February 4, 2023 at 4:44 am

    6:29 I don’t get this point. I’ve been wearing glasses with an additional diopter on both lenses for everyday use and I didn’t even remember they added +1 diopter to my lenses and I wear it for the computer and outside all the same. How many diopters is Doctor Eye Health recommending to add? Cause his computer glasses seem to make things blurry once you look away from the screen.

  37. darren elkins on February 4, 2023 at 4:45 am

    This should be compulsory viewing before going to an optician. Thanks

  38. EazyVG on February 4, 2023 at 4:47 am

    Vuity has too many sode effects! Better get a reading glasses that suits you.

  39. Melissa Van Heurn on February 4, 2023 at 4:47 am

    Thank you. You nailed it. I just received my first pair of prrogressive lenses and hate them. Sore neck, constant straining to find the sweet spot when trying to work at the computer with dual monitors. I had no idea computer glasses or office glasses exist. So thank you for your videos and for the informative videos. Off to the optometrist I go.

  40. LUFF CH on February 4, 2023 at 4:47 am

    I like this blogger very much. I benefit a lot from his recommended items and experience sharing

  41. Aron B on February 4, 2023 at 4:50 am

    Hey doctor sexy I got glasses because of astigmatism I noticed after after a few months of wearing them my eyes would start hurting in the middle of the day and I would feel completely exhausted so then I went back and got transitions it seems like it helped but some days it

  42. Teri Lara on February 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

    I have to see the full screen for large dual monitors. Progressives don’t work as they cut off the sides and I constantly have to swivel my head to see documents. I’m interested in trying office lens, where the top of the lens is for computer. My question though: is the computer part of the lens go all horizontally across the lens, like single vision, or do they cut off at the edges like Progressives? I’d really appreciate an answer as have new prescription that isn’t working out and want to have them switched out before my return window expires.

  43. Terry Hanson on February 4, 2023 at 4:52 am

    Hello! I just left my eye doctors for my annual, I have contacts for distance and he told me to get +2.25 for reading. I work most all day on the computer so could I get a pair of the computer glasses in the +2.25 and also wear them to see my phone? Btw, I’m meaning, WITH my contacts in. Thank you ❤

  44. Dr. King on February 4, 2023 at 4:52 am

    You know i see some optometrist dressed like teen age kids which reflects badly on this profession. Good work keeping it professional.

  45. Steven Shackelford on February 4, 2023 at 4:55 am

    what can i change on my RX to strengthen the reading portion of my progressive lenses?

  46. AMAZING GRACE on February 4, 2023 at 4:56 am

    I have prescription glasses and computer glasses. I would like something for reading that works better than both do. Is there a solution?

  47. Sokal on February 4, 2023 at 4:57 am

    One of the most important and useful videos on YouTube. I was looking into a problem of not seeing maps while driving and this video gave me ideas about possible solutions.

  48. Doctor Eye Health on February 4, 2023 at 4:57 am

    Please let me know of any eye questions you have or would like to see a video about! Thanks for watching!!

  49. Harjeet Singh on February 4, 2023 at 4:57 am

    Why progressive has to be bifocal and not continuous for near and far

  50. DaveTheStalker on February 4, 2023 at 4:58 am

    I had cataract surgery in March, and I’ve got RP. I sit 6-7 feet from a 65” monitor and seeing some text is a nightmare, getting the right prescription has been a bear.

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