Imagine how easy life can be.  You wake up in the morning and you put on your one pair of pants and your one shirt.  You slip on you one pair of socks and your only pair of shoes.  One belt, one hat and one jacket later, you are off to work.  Is your shirt appropriate for work and play?  Is your jacket good enough for cool breezes of September and the hard cold of January?

What about your shoes?  Are they shoes or sneakers?  Are they good enough for the summer and the winter?  Of course, not.

Besides needing more than one of everything for the functional purposes of work and play and for the practical purposes of cold and hot, sometimes you just want to wear something new and fun.  We will find a shirt we like and buy that shirt in every imaginable color.

How many pairs of glasses do you own?

If you are like most people out there, then you own one pair of glasses.

Look at the shirt you are wearing.  Is that shirt good for work and for going out with friends?  Is that the shirt you would wear on a bike ride and for a night out at the movies?  You have different clothes for different activities and depending on the activity, you will spend a decent amount of time deciding what to wear, but we put exactly zero thought in to what we will use to see.

We don’t use our eyes the same way all the time.  When we are working, we are constantly changing the distances in which we are looking and a lot of us spend a good portion of the day sitting in front of a computer screen.  When we are driving, we are dealing with any number of things that could affect our vision.  We must deal with the sun and the rain.  At night, we are dealing with the glare of the lights from other cars and from street lights.

Within the course of a single day we put our eyes through a wide variety of tasks, expecting that our one pair of glasses are going to help us regardless of the challenges and conditions around us.

What can you do about it?

For outdoor activities, you should consider a pair of polarized sunglasses.  Polarized lenses are coated with a special chemical film that helps reduce glare. Glare is caused when light from the sun is reflected off water or a solid surface. By neutralizing glare, polarized lenses help you see objects more clearly, and help reduce the harmful effects of UV light.

When you work at a computer for any length of time, it’s common to experience eye strain, blurred vision, red eyes and other symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS). This is because the visual demands of computer work are unlike those associated with most other activities.  Computer glasses put the optimum lens power for viewing your computer screen right where you need it for a clear, wide field of view without the need for excessive focusing effort or unhealthful postures.  They are also treated to reduce glare as well as usually have a tint to reduce the strain on your eyes from the blue light coming off the computer screen.

Night driving can affect many aspects of vision including color recognition, peripheral vision, and depth perception.  There are those yellow tinted glasses that are supposed to reduce night time glare, but these yellow-tinted lenses reduce the glare by lessening the amount of light that reaches your eye, making it more difficult to see and could be dangerous when driving.

Just like our pants, shoes and shirts, one is not enough.  Using one pair for every possible activity leads to eye strain, headaches and even worsening vision.  Come down to Spectacular Eyewear and let’s talk about your lifestyle.  We will recommend the right type of glasses and help you look great in the process.