Reading glasses are often not ideal for desk work. You can see everything clearly when reading documents, but when a colleague walks through the door you cannot quite recognize him or her, or you have difficulty looking back and forth between your documents and your colleagues during a big meeting. So what glasses are right for presbyopia sufferers who work in front of a screen?
The computer has become a constant companion in our working environment, but frequent screen work is very demanding on the eyes.
We often sit at our computers in a permanently tense state and grant our eyes very little relief. 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 vision, there is the additional problem of choosing the right glasses to facilitate working in a more relaxed manner.
Which eyeglasses are best for this situation? Many people initially reach for their reading glasses when they have to do computer work. Then 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 the person clearly. At that moment, you might peer over the eyeglass frames and tense up as well.
Progressives are not the perfect solution for the workplace either. They may allow you to see clearly at different distances, but the visual field for the near and medium ranges is often too small for prolonged close-up work and can strain the eyes. What to do?
Talk to your eye care professional about computer glasses, which are enhanced reading glasses with special varifocal lenses. This is an intelligent solution for continuously clear vision for short to intermediate distances, a solution that is specifically coordinated for the visual demands of the workplace. The combination of reading glasses and varifocal lenses combines the different sight requirements of desk-bound work.
Not only will your eyes be grateful for the relief – you will also be more relaxed while doing office 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 workstation. Armrests or a new chair can often help make work less strenuous.
Make sure that your screen has the highest possible refresh rate and image stability. Adjust your monitor so that the picture is contrast-rich and sharp. Also adjust the font size so that you can read the text easily and comfortably.
Our tip: Consciously relax your eyes every now and then during a long workday on the computer. Allow your eyes to wander around the room, 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 minimize the stress on your eyes and wish you much success at your job!