Seeing Clearly at the Computer

If you're over 40, you may have noticed that reading glasses are often not ideal for desk work. During a meeting, you have difficulty looking back and forth between your documents and your colleagues. You may also have trouble keeping your computer screen in focus. So what type of glasses are right for your office/computer work?

The computer has become a constant companion in many working environments. And computer screens make great demands on the eyes.

We often sit at our computers in a permanently tense state with little relief for the eyes.  This can result in neck tension, headaches and red, watery eyes. For those who also suffer from presbyopia, a condition that adversely affects both short and long distance sight in people over 40, there is the additional problem of choosing the right eyeglasses for working in a more relaxed manner.

Which spectacles are best for this application? Many people initially reach for their reading glasses when they have to do computer work. The door opens; your colleague is standing in the doorway and asks you a question. Now your glasses interfere with your-longer range vision and you cannot see him/her clearly. You may have to look over the top of your glasses, causing discomfort if you have to do it for any length of time.

Standard progressive lenses are not the perfect solution for the workplace either. They may allow you to see clearly at all distances, but the visual field for mid-range work (such as looking at a computer screen) is often too small for prolonged close-up work and strains the eyes. What to do?

There is an intelligent solution that provides continuously clear vision for short to intermediate distances-eyeglasses that are designed specifically for the visual demands at the workplace. Talk to your eye care professional about enhanced reading or computer lenses.

Benefits of enhanced reading or computer lenses:

  • Wider reading area than progressive lenses.
  • A wide, clear field of vision for midrange objects, such as a computer screen.
  • Reading and midrange viewing zones are positioned for comfortable head and body posture.
  • Increased comfort not only at work, but also for cooking or and hobbies involving up-close work.

Your eyes will be grateful for the relief - and you will feel more relaxed while doing office and other up-close work.

Other considerations for comfortable computer work

An ergonomic sitting posture at the screen and the correct parallel arrangement of the monitor, keyboard and documents are particularly important for fatigue-free and comfortable vision at a computer work station. A properly adjusted chair can make work more comfortable.

Make sure that your screen has the highest possible refresh rate and image stability. Adjust your monitor so that the picture is rich in contrast and sharp. Also adjust the font size so that you can read the text easily and comfortably.

Consciously relax your eyes every now and then during a long work day on the computer. Allow your eyes to wander around the room or look out a window. Massage the area around your eyes and close your eyes briefly from time to time to regenerate them. We hope that these tips will help you keep your eyes stress-free, so you can do your best work in comfort.


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