I am often faced with a dilemma in my life.  I am a computer junkie, but I also suffer from migraines which are exacerbated by long periods staring at my monitor.  When I start to feel that ache behind my eyes, I usually try to walk away from the computer for a while and do something else, but sometimes I’m working on a project that I just can’t walk away from.  What’s a gal to do?

This post comes about because I spent most of my morning and afternoon working intently on a redesign of the website that will (hopefully) be coming soon, and ended up ignoring the warning signs of an impending migraine.  Ouch.  After spending a few hours away from the monitor, it’s much improved.   What also helped was me finally remembering that I had a pair of Gunnar computer glasses downstairs.  I keep a pair at my desk when I’m at work, but had forgotten that I had a pair for home as well.  I don’t normally sing the praises of commercial items, but I know a lot of friends who suffer from migraines and eyestrain as well, and it can’t hurt to share my solution.

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These glasses are great, they are yellow tinted and cut out a lot of the blue light and glare that can trigger my migraines.  Apparently they now also make them with untinted lenses if you do a lot of visual design on the computer and need natural color.  I picked up my pair at Best Buy, but you can also order them online.  If you need prescription glasses, they can make them for you.

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Gunnars are more pricey than the cheap-n-cheerful computer glasses you can buy in Walgreens or Rite-Aid, but they are well worth it.  If you spend a lot of time at a computer, you may want to do your eyes a favor and invest in a pair!

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