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Computer Glasses Q&A with Dr. Gustafson

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Q: How do computer glasses differ from regular glasses?

Dr. Gustafson: Computer glasses are set to help a patient see best at their computer working distance, which is typically about arm’s length. This is different from regular glasses that are set to help patients see in the distance as when driving or watching television.

Q: What are the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, will computer glasses prevent them?

Dr. Gustafson: Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is also known as digital eye strain. The symptoms of CVS include headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck or shoulder pain. Typically these symptoms are temporary and will resolve when computer use is discontinued for the day.

Computer glasses can help alleviate the symptoms of digital eye strain. During your eye examination, the optometrist will test your vision and customize your prescription for your computer working distance.

One thing all computer users can do is follow the 20-20-20 Rule. This means every 20 minutes take a 20 second break from the computer screen and look 20 feet away. This allows your focusing system to relax and can help ease digital eye strain.

Q: Can I wear my computer glasses when I am not on the computer?

Dr. Gustafson: Computer glasses are customized for your working distance at the computer so they should not be used for driving or distance viewing. For some patients, their computer glasses will help them with reading books and magazines as well.

Q: Should I get computer glasses with an anti-reflective coating or a blue light filter coating?

A: Yes – they are both great options.

The anti-reflective coating reduces reflections and glare from overhead lights and the computer screen.

The blue light filter also reduces glare and reflections. Additionally, it absorbs some of the blue light emitted from computer screens and digital devices. It is not known if blue light has negative effects on eye health, however many of my patients have reported that the blue light filter helped reduce their eye strain on the computer.

Q: Is there a specific brand of computer glasses that is better?

Dr. Gustafson: It isn’t brand-specific. The best computer glasses will have a patient’s custom prescription, fit their face comfortably, and align properly with the center of their eyes.

Q: I have perfect vision, do I need computer glasses?

A: You might benefit from computer glasses even if your distance vision is excellent without glasses or contact lenses. No matter what your prescription is, computer use can be tiring for your eyes. During your exam, your prescription and eye alignment will be measured to ensure the optimal prescription for visual performance that minimizes eyestrain on the computer.

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To our valued patients,

At The Eye Doctors, Inc. the health and well-being of our patients is at the core of everything that we do. In light of the rapidly changing situation and the spread of COVID-19 we made the difficult decision to close the clinic on Tuesday, March 17 th.

At this time, the Wal-Mart Vision Center remains open limited hours for urgent glasses repairs, pick-ups of existing orders and new contact lens orders. The vision center is open every day from 10 AM to 2 PM and on Tuesdays from 6 AM to 2 PM, with the hour of 6 AM to 7 AM reserved for senior citizens.

If you are experiencing an eye emergency, please call 952-955-4427 to leave a message for one of the doctors. Messages will be checked Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will re-open when it is safe to do so. We look forward to seeing you when things improve and thank you for your continued support of our practice. Please continue to our website for further information.

Dr. Melissa Viker & Dr. Britt Gustafson

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The Eye Doctors, Inc. COVID-19 Information:

Our clinic closed on March 17th and will remain closed until it is safe to re-open.  Please watch our website and Facebook page for updates.

Urgent or Emergent Eye Concerns

If you have an eye emergency, we are here to help.  Please call 952-955-4427 and one of the doctors will return your call.  The messages are monitored Monday through Saturday between 9 AM and 5 PM.  Eye emergencies include (but are not limited to): eye pain, a recent onset of redness in one or both eyes, flashes of light or sudden onset of new floaters, double vision, and sudden change/worsening of vision in one or both eyes.

Glasses and Contact Lens Orders:

The Wal-Mart Vision Center is open daily at this time from 10 AM to 2 PM and 6 AM to 2 PM on Tuesdays for limited services. The hour of 6 AM to 7 AM on Tuesdays is reserved for senior citizens.  One optician is on duty to provide urgent glasses repairs and adjustments; at this time no new orders for glasses are being accepted. Existing orders of contact lenses and glasses may be picked up from the vision center.  New orders of contact lenses can be placed in store and will be shipped to your home if we do not have the lenses in stock. Additionally, you may order contact lenses at

Contact Lens Safety

There is no evidence that contact lens wearers are at greater risk for a Corona Virus infection, per the American Optometric Association Cornea and Contact Lens Section.  Please follow the below tips:

  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses
  • Avoid using contact lenses if you are ill with any cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Reduce your risk for infection by avoiding sleeping, napping, swimming or showering in contact lenses
  • Replace your contact lens case every 2 months
  • Use fresh contact lens solution each time you store your lenses
  • Do not reuse single-use/daily disposable lenses