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Most people spend an average of 8-10 hours a day looking at digital screens, with peaks up to 15 hours a day.* Digital eye strain symptoms can present themselves in as few as 2 hours of digital screen viewing.† For many people, the computer pair of glasses is their primary pair. Let’s take this opportunity to provide additional value to patients and comfort while working, whether in front of a screen or a multitude of other occupations where near work is conducted.

CITATIONS: * HOYA Consumer Digital Behavior Study Available October 2017 †Ang C., Dinevski D., Vlasak N., Kok A Taking the strain. Optician. 05/2017, vol. 253, no. 6600, p.25-28

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Problem: Presbyopic patients need a specific lens to help with complaints of Digital Eye Strain (DES) from long hours on digital devices and improve ergonomics at workstation.

Solution: iD Space, Screen and Zoom offer three working distance-specific solutions for you to meet virtually any work / hobby environment need.

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Problem: You have an increasing amount of single vision patients presenting Digital Eye Strain (DES) symptoms.

Solution: Sync III™ lenses are specifically designed to reduce accommodative stress in single vision patients.

Sync lenses have the distance power for everyday use and a ‘boost zone’ in the lower portion of the lens.

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Solution: Tact 40/60 BKS offer two working distance solutions for you to meet most work / hobby environment needs.

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Office Ergonomics - Computer Glasses

On this page, what are computer glasses, which kind of computer glasses are the best, why do you need frequent eye examinations, why might young people with perfect vision need glasses for computer work, why do mature people need their vision corrected, what are some common computer-related eye problems and solutions.

Computer glasses are prescription glasses that are designed to wear when doing computer work. They allow you to focus your eyes on a computer screen, which is farther away than reading material is normally held. There are other activities such as for example playing piano (piano glasses) or shooting (shooting glasses) that also require a similar custom fitting. These specialty glasses called task-specific are designed to meet the visual needs of the activity.

Generally speaking, bifocals are not necessarily designed for computer work. They tend to force the wearer to tilt the head back in order to focus on the screen while looking through the lower segment of the bifocal lenses. Many people will either lean in or lean backwards to find the right spot in their lenses where they can see best. Such a forced position can cause neck and shoulder pain and it can also cause arm and low back pain.

Depending on the individual's vision and type of work, there are several options while selecting computer-specific glasses, such as:

Monofocal or single-vision glasses designed for computer work will provide the appropriate optical correction for the working distance between the screen and the computer user's eyes. This option allows users to view the whole screen with a minimum up-and-down head movement.

The disadvantage of this option is that both distant objects and reading materials that are closer than the computer screen will appear blurry.

Bifocal glasses can be prescribed so that the upper segment is set up for the screen distance and a lower segment for work that is closer than the screen (reading distance).

The disadvantage of this option is that objects farther away than the screen are blurry. Bifocal lenses also distort images of objects in the peripheral zone of vision. Segmented lenses like bifocals and those mentioned below have a smaller area for viewing the screen. This means more up-and-down head movement may be required to view all parts of the screen.

Trifocal glasses have lenses that combine a segment for far vision, another for near vision, and a third one for vision at the screen distance (a distance between the far and near segments).

As with bifocal lenses, there may be limitation to the viewing areas.

Progressive Addition Lenses (PAL)

Progressive Addition Lenses (PAL) offer continuity of vision by eliminating lines between segments of different focal power. However, there may be limited areas of focus due to the line-free design.

There is no such a thing as one type of computer glasses that fits all or is the best for everybody. Visual ability and personal preferences of a computer operator, the type of work, the distance between the computer user's eyes and the monitor, lighting design in any given workplace are factors that should be taken into consideration while selecting computer glasses.

Each of the options listed above can be beneficial for computer users, if properly fitted and re-corrected as needed. However, it is very important that the selection of computer glasses is made based on consultation with an eye specialist (optometrist and ophthalmologist) who is knowledgeable in problems specific to the regular use of a computer.

Eye specialists recommend that adults have their eyes examined once every one or two years. If you have not had an examination in the previous two years and are having increasing difficulty in reading, having blurred vision or other eye-related symptoms, or have a family history of eye or vision problems, it is probably time for an eye examination.

Working with a computer on a regular basis (a few hours a day) is very demanding on the computer operators' eyes. Eye specialists report a growing number of patients who relate their vision problems or complaints to their use of computers. The term computer vision syndrome (CVS) or digital eye strain has been coined to refer to computer-related and device related (tablet, cell phone, e-reader) vision problems such as eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain.

Ergonomically sound computer workstations , favorable work-rest schedules, properly designed visual environment alleviate eyestrain (visual problems) among computer operators. However, in many cases such measures alone cannot be effective if the computer operator's vision is not corrected.

Because of the potential extra stress on the eyes, eye specialists may suggest more frequent examinations for all who do computer work on a daily basis. Consult with your eye specialist for the recommended examination schedule for you.

Computer work involves focusing the eyes at close distances. Monitors are often placed too close (closer than the eye's default accommodation distance) to the operator because of space constraints in offices. People of all ages may experience symptoms of computer vision syndrome, and may require computer glasses to reduce these symptoms. No matter your age, you should talk with your eye specialist about the kind of work you do, how much time you work on a computer, how the work station is set up, and so on.

Starting around the age of forty or so, the ability to focus on closer objects decreases - books and newspapers have to be held farther away to bring them into clear focus. Holding object away from the body is probably the first sign of the condition called presbyopia (from Greek words meaning old man's eyes). Another sign of presbyopia is that people's ability to refocus quickly between near and far objects decreases.

Most people over forty require the vision correction for reading or performing other near tasks. The most common correction that allows for near vision without compromising far vision is a reading or bifocal lens.

However, the conventional reading or bifocal correction that gives visual comfort for a presbyopic person is not necessarily the right correction as would be recommended for working with a computer. As mentioned before, wearing bifocal glasses often forces a computer user to tilt the head back to focus on the screen through the lower part of the bifocal lenses. Such a forced position can cause neck, shoulder and back pain. In some people it can also result in localized tingling or 'pins and needles' sensations in the hands, wrists, or forearms.

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E nhanced performance at work:

Shamir’s new family of high quality Freeform ® occupational lenses is a benefit to opticians and patients alike. It offers the perfect customized solution whether the patient needs to concentrate on close work at the computer while keeping near surroundings precisely in focus, or works at the computer while also focusing on mid-distance workspace. Now with two options, Shamir Computer ™ and Shamir WorkSpace ™ , it’s faster and easier than ever to order the perfect patient solution.

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The lenses that effectively alleviate Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

One of the most common complaints in today’s workplace is Computer Vision Syndrome, the orthopedic problems that result from prolonged muscle strain due to attempts to achieve optimal eye-screen interaction. With Shamir Computer ™ and Shamir WorkSpace ™ , presbyopic computer users no longer need to lift their head to see the computer clearly, as with progressive lens designs, or bend their neck to peer over the top of reading glasses. Every wearer of the new advanced Shamir occupational lenses can hold their head and neck in a natural comfortable position while enjoying perfect focus.

OPTION 1: Shamir Computer™

For those focused on immediate surroundings

When focusing on a computer and its near surroundings is a top priority, Shamir Computer ™ , an advanced Freeform ® lens, provides a wide field of near viewing with clear vision up to 5ft . – a far greater depth of field than that offered by conventional reading lenses.

Shamir Computer ™ is ideal for those patients working on a computer throughout the day, especially those working with multiple monitors. It is important to understand that Shamir Computer ™ serves other occupations as well, because it provides clear vision for any task performed within 5ft.

Below is a list of occupations that may benefit from Shamir Computer ™ :

• Lab Technician             

• Pianist                      

• Accountant

• Data Entry Clerk

• Graphic Designer

OPTION 2: Shamir  WorkSpace™

Sharp focus for dynamic workers

Shamir  WorkSpace ™ is the best solution when priority focus is both mid-distance and near viewing. Offering a greater depth of field, up to 10ft. , this advanced and highly sophisticated Freeform ® lens design, allows movement within the workspace and sharp vision whether the required focus is on the desk or a colleague across the room.

If working on near tasks and interacting with employees or presenting to groups fall within the patients daily tasks, Shamir WorkSpace ™ is the ideal solution. It is also the best occupational solution for those who are actively moving around their work place throughout the day, providing clarity for those tasks performed within 10ft.

Below is a list of occupations that may benefit from Shamir WorkSpace ™ :

• Sales Clerk

• Receptionist

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1. NATURAL POSTURE ™ Ergonomic Design Concept

Occupational environments are often designed to fit the worker‘s needs to ensure comfortable working conditions. Wearing Progressive lenses provides only a partial solution for the near and intermediate zones, while compromising ergonomics. Patients wearing reading glasses at work may suffer from similar neck issues due to the lenses not being optimized for their work environment. 

Shamir Computer ™ and Workspace ™ lenses apply the Natural Posture ™ concept by definition. The lenses are optimized to allow presbyopes to view their computer or look across the room with the most natural posture. Patients will no longer suffer from neck problems at the end of their work day. The patients will choose between two options to best fit their occupational needs: Shamir Computer ™ for small environments up to 5ft, with a wider yet shorter depth of field, or Shamir WorkSpace ™ for mid-sized rooms, or professionals who are in motion with less concentration on the computer. Shamir WorkSpace ™ has a narrower field of view with longer depth of field.

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2. INTELLICORRIDOR ™ Unique Power Profile for Clearer Vision

Based on IntelliCorridor ™ technology, Shamir’s designers have been able to create two different occupational solutions for a wide range of work environments. Shamir Computer ™ concentrates on close distances: from reading, to the computer screen, to a distance up to 5ft - all with optimized power for sharp vision. 

Shamir WorkSpace ™ has been designed for a longer depth of field: from reading, to about 10ft. In between, the profile is  also optimized to provide clear vision for mid-distance tasks. 

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How to Fit Shamir Computer ™ & Shamir WorkSpace ™

Provide the following information to order:

• Select the lens type per patient’s work habits:  Computer or WorkSpace

• Patient’s prescription (per conventional progressive lens)

• Mono Far PD and fitting height

• Frame data: A, B, DBL, or tracer file

Min Design Fitting Heights: 

(applies to both Shamir Computer ™ and Shamir WorkSpace ™ )   14mm lower

Min distance from fitting point to upper frame rim: 10mm

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Better vision for work and leisure.

Most spectacle wearers increasingly see computers as an integral part of their working lives. But spending most of the day in front of a screen can lead to neck, back and shoulder pain. This is often caused by wearing the wrong kind of glasses. Reading glasses and progressive lenses are not the best solution for people who spend much of their day working in front of a screen. A better choice is a pair of computer glasses with special ZEISS lenses designed for workplace use. These lenses offer a large field of vision at close and intermediate distances, giving you an unimpaired view of the screen while favouring a natural posture and sitting position. They can also be optimised to match your specific requirements.

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How do computer glasses help?

Keeping your head and body in a relaxed position is crucial.

Working at a computer compels our eyes to focus on very specific distances in the near and intermediate ranges.

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Wearing reading glasses for computer work

Reading glasses are designed for very close distances which are shorter than the distance between your eyes and a computer. So when you wear reading glasses while working at the computer, you automatically move your head closer to the screen. This causes you to adopt an uncomfortable posture which can lead to tension in your neck and back.

How this affects your posture in front of the screen:

Do you wear progressive lenses at work?

Do you wear progressive lenses at work?

People who wear progressive lenses look at their computer screen in an entirely different way. Because progressive lenses have different zones which allow you to see at all distances, working at a screen means you need to look through the bottom section of the lens. To do this, you have to tilt your head backwards slightly. Once again, this unnatural posture can lead to neck and shoulder pain.

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As a rule , glasses that are closely tailored to the way you work make it more likely that you will sit in front of the screen in a comfortable, relaxed position. ZEISS lenses for the workplace offer a large field of vision at near distances. Crucially, they also offer an ample field of vision at intermediate distances to help you look up and talk to your colleagues while working on a computer. They are optimised for vision at a range of between half a metre and four metres. Wearing computer glasses keeps your posture relaxed because you can look through the right section of the lens without effort.

ZEISS understands the importance of personalised vision. Everyone performs their work and hobbies at different distances and under different conditions, so ZEISS has created three different types of lens. With professional fitting, ZEISS office lenses can be adapted to your precise visual requirements right down to the very last centimetre.

ZEISS spectacle lenses for work: Thanks to the lenses' customised design, wearers can enjoy clear, sharp vision tailored to their needs at all three distances at the workplace:

How M.I.D. technology from ZEISS works

Our vision needs at the workplace vary tremendously from one person to the next. They depend in part on the exact type of work you do. For example, do you spend a lot of your day talking to customers and colleagues? Or do you spend almost the whole day working on a computer? Another key consideration is the distance between your eyes and the screen. To meet people's individual needs, ZEISS developed what it calls Maximum Intermediate Distance (M.I.D.) technology. This provides clear and relaxed vision tailored to each individual, ranging from optimised reading glasses to progressive lenses for indoor use.

By introducing technology to determine each wearer's maximum intermediate distance (M.I.D.), ZEISS has created lenses which can be adapted to the specific visual distances required by each individual user.

ZEISS office lenses are available for three maximum intermediate distances (M.I.D.):

ZEISS individualised lenses for office and workplace use offer a customised M.I.D. which can be set between 100 and 400 cm to fulfil the specific requirements of each individual spectacle wearer.

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Workday Eyewear: Should You Get Computer Progressive Lenses?

March 10, 2023 • 6:51 AM

If you’re a weekday warrior — building that budget spreadsheet, writing that marketing doc, or sending out that fourth follow-up email — then prepare for your next power move. And no, we’re not talking about landing a promotion. (We’re sure you’ve got that handled without any help from us.) We’re talking about the power of your progressive lenses.

If you wear progressive glasses (or your eye doctor thinks you should), then your lenses will offer multiple power levels to help you see at different distances, depending on which part of the lens you look through. Look through the bottom of the lens and you’ll see close up. Look through the top of the lens and you’ll see far away.

But, when you spend all day doing computer work, you might not need all of those different power levels. And reducing the number of power levels on your multifocal lenses could help reduce eye strain and even neck strain during computer use. To get these benefits, all you need to do is add a second pair of prescription glasses to your eyewear wardrobe — a pair of computer progressive lenses that you’ll wear during your workday.

Here’s how computer progressive lenses work, how they compare to a standard pair of progressives, and how to get a prescription for computer progressive eyeglasses if you decide they’re right for you.

What Are Progressive Lenses?

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If you’re not only new to the concept of computer progressive lenses, but are new to progressive lenses in general, here’s a quick overview of how they work.

Progressive lenses are multifocal lenses. They correct your near vision and your distance vision at the same time with a single lens. Unlike other multifocal lenses — like bifocal lenses and trifocal lenses — progressives have no line across the middle of the lens. So you can see clearly, and people can see your beautiful face clearly.

Usually people who already wore single-vision lenses to see at a distance will need to switch to progressive lenses as they get older and start to experience presbyopia . (That’s a fancy way of saying that their close-up vision gets worse and they start to need reading glasses as they age.) Presbyopia affects almost all of us at some point in our lives. However, sometimes younger people will also need progressive glasses if they have astigmatism .

Progressive glasses have a special lens design that gradually transitions from one focal length to another as you move your eyes up the lens. The bottom part of the lens corrects your near vision so you can read books and documents, the middle part of the lens corrects your intermediate vision so you can see the computer screen or a whiteboard, and the top part of the lens corrects your distance vision so you can drive or play sports.

It can take a little longer to get used to progressive lenses than it does to get used to other pairs of new glasses. But once you’ve adjusted, you’ll have clear vision at any distance.

Computer Progressive Lenses vs. All-Purpose Progressive Lenses

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The downside of progressive lenses is that you have to look through a specific section of the lens to see at your desired distance. When the lens is correcting three focal lengths at one time, each section of the lens will be relatively small. (Although, choosing a pair of glasses with a big frame style can help.)

Most progressive wearers get used to looking through the correct part of the lens within a few weeks. And their all-purpose progressive glasses become comfortable for the majority of their daily tasks.

However, if you spend hours in front of a computer screen while wearing all-purpose progressive lenses, you may have to hold your head at an unnatural angle in order to look through the small section of your progressive lens that allows for comfortable computer vision. This can strain your neck, leading to tech neck , shoulder pain, and potentially, headaches.

Wearing a pair of computer progressive lenses while you work, instead of your all-purpose progressive lenses, could help prevent this issue. A pair of computer progressive lenses only corrects your near vision and your intermediate vision.

Because the lenses correct fewer fields of vision, a much larger part of your lens will be dedicated to helping you see at an intermediate distance, which also happens to be the computer distance. Being able to look through a larger portion of your lens means you don’t have to move your head as much to see your screen, which means you can maintain a more natural and ergonomic position while you work.

Essentially, these glasses could be the final piece of the puzzle for creating a comfortable and ergonomic workspace. But, because they don’t correct your distance vision, you should never wear them while you’re driving. Think of computer progressive glasses as your office lenses and all-purpose progressive glasses as your out-of-office lenses.

Computer Progressive Lenses vs. Regular Computer Glasses

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Computer progressive lenses are the best option for people who do a lot of computer work and wear progressive glasses. But you shouldn’t confuse them with regular computer glasses.

Regular computer glasses typically have a blue-light-filtering and anti-reflective coating. This coating helps ease eye strain. But regular computer glasses can come with all types of prescription lenses from non-prescription to single-vision to progressives.

If you add blue-light filtering to your all-purpose progressive lenses it will help reduce eye strain, but it won’t help reduce the neck strain we described above. For that, you need to get a separate prescription for computer progressive lenses that only corrects your near and intermediate vision — not your distance vision like your all-purpose progressive lenses.

How Can You Get Computer Progressive Lenses?

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To get a prescription for computer progressive lenses, talk to your optometrist. Your optometrist will want to know about the struggles you’re having when you use a computer with your all-purpose progressive lenses.

Your doctor may also ask you questions about how far you sit from your computer screen and what non-computer tasks you do during your workday. The more specifics you can give the better.

Take note of the farthest distance you need to see during your workday so your doctor can make sure the intermediate distance of your lenses will be strong enough to help you accomplish all of your tasks.

If you occasionally have to do a task that you need greater distance vision for, like driving or attending a large convention, you may have to switch to your all-purpose progressive glasses for that task and switch back to your computer glasses when you go back to computer work.

Once your doctor has figured out the ideal progressive lens prescription for your computer use, you’ll be ready to order new glasses. But remember, your computer progressive lenses shouldn’t be your only pair of glasses. You’ll also need an all-purpose pair that corrects your distance vision for when you drive or perform similar tasks.

From Work to Weekend

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At Pair Eyewear , we believe your glasses should match your day — and your mood that day. Each of us is constantly changing. And during your average weekday, you might change from a desk work diva to the hero of happy hour to the queen or king of your couch. And all of those versions of you have their own eye care needs and eyewear styles.

So, expand your eyewear wardrobe by adding a pair of glasses with computer progressive lenses to complement your all-purpose progressives. Then, update your style anytime you want with Pair Eyewear.

Our snap-on Top Frames come in a variety of colors and patterns. They attach to our Men’s and Women’s Eyeglasses to completely change the look of your glasses anytime you change your mood or your mind. So, you can create hundreds of different looks from your two pairs of progressive glasses.

All Pair Eyewear frames are available with progressive lenses, blue-light filtering, and an anti-reflective coating. Find your style today!

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Computer vision syndrome.

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Some common complaints of patients who spend a lot of time on the computer include blurred vision, double vision, vision fluctuating or going in and out of focus, tired or burning or red eyes, and shoulder, upper back and neck strain.

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The easiest of solutions is to avoid the activity all together. For most of us, that is not an option. Instead, focus on preventing the harmful results by arranging a proper work station. An ideal workplace can make a world of difference. Proper keyboard height, screen position and chair height can help a great deal. Additionally, take frequent breaks. Our optometrist, Dr. Joshi, usually suggests a 20 second break, blinking 20 times while looking 20 feet away for every 20 minutes of computer work.

It is ideal to have the computer screen below the line of sight by 10-15 degrees and also to have the computer screen at a minimum distance of 20-26 inches away from your line of sight to reduce eyestrain. Also, it may be advisable to put your hard copy on a stand beside the computer screen so that eyes don’t have to focus back and forth at different distances.

Having adequate lighting and making sure there is no glare from the computer screen can have a great impact. The computer puts out harmful blue light which can harm your eyes. To avoid this, a filter system is needed. This can be done by having an anti-reflective coating put on your lenses, or a glare filter on your screen. An anti-reflective coating has the additional benefit of cutting down glare with nightime driving and improving the cosmetic appearance of lenses, so that reflections are not visible to the patient.

For patients that have problems with burning, red or tired eyes, it is possible they may also have dry eye syndrome . Treatments for this condition may include using eye drops several times a day. Some patients may also have binocular vision dysfunctions, where the eye muscles don’t focus or work well together. Different eye glass prescriptions or eye muscle exercises may be recommended to treat this problem.

Computer Glasses

Specific glasses for computer use can be made depending on your work space. Some possibilities include computer bifocals, wider field progressive lenses, computer progressive lenses, or single vision lenses for computer use. To learn more, book an appointment with our Plano, TX eye doctor and discuss which option best suites your lifestyle.

Understanding near variable focus lenses and task eyewear

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Near variable focus progressives, office eyeglasses, computer lenses: Lenswear designed for day-to-day tasks come with a variety of names and features but each one serves an important purpose for patients.

Multiple pair sales aren’t just a statistic that eye care professionals keep track of and pursue for better optical sales. They’re in fact part of a full spectrum of eye care solutions that take into account the various activities patients engage in throughout the day. After all, eyewear is eye care. The eyewear you put patients in affects their eye health and their perception of that health as much as, if not moreso than, exams and refractions on their own. That’s where near variable focus and other task lenses come in.

A one lens fits all tasks solution isn’t best for every patient. In order to get the most out of their daily lives virtually all patients will benefit from more than one pair of glasses; moreover, patients who have two pairs of glasses will almost never revert to having just one. Given that the average American spends 4.8 hours per day on mobile devices , more of your patients should be wearing lenses designed to make that visual task clearer and more comfortable.

What are near variable focus lenses?

Near variable focus lenses are designed for clear vision in work settings. Usually near variable focus lenswear offers clear vision anywhere from up close work to six feet away.

Sometimes these products are referred to as computer progressive lenses because they’re helpful for offering patients clarity while looking at computer screens. All computer progressives are near variable focus lenses but not all near variable focus lenses are computer progressives.

Near variable focus lenses can prove helpful in far more circumstances than using computers. Office progressive lenses are designed for all sorts of work settings in which your work takes place within arm’s reach (or beyond!). By offering clarity within a range that’s perfect for a variety of tasks, these lenses help patients maintain better posture and hold their heads in a more natural position while working.

How many patients do you have who experience back pain? Or aching shoulders and necks? How many get headaches at work? You can help them address this pain with a pair of lenses! Eyewear offers patients quality of life improvements that can extend far beyond clarity of vision. By providing patients with eyewear built to suit their workday you can help them feel physically and psychologically better on top of providing clearer vision. That’s what you call providing value, not just creating an additional cost.

Near variable focus and task lenswear are for more than looking at computer screens.

When and how to prescribe near variable focus lenswear

As we mentioned above, task lenses benefit patients by providing them visual clarity in their workplaces and, as a result, help them maintain a natural and healthy posture while working.

So who could use that sort of correction? The best way to make that judgment is by simply knowing your patients. If your standard of care includes spending time with and getting to know your patients then you can make informed decisions about their eye health and needs. Being an independent eye care provider certainly helps with that. When it’s up to you to guide patient care, you can afford to focus on quality rather than quantity.

If you know a patient sits in front of a computer all day or if your patient complains of upper back pain, that may be a sign that he or she is in need of near variable focus lenses for day-to-day tasks.

The most important thing to keep in mind: You’re doing patients a disservice by just prescribing a single PAL. One lens won’t solve everything. Patients who use computers all day or who spend extended stretches of the day on hobbies such as knitting would feel more comfortable with task-specific lenswear. When you learn about your patients, their hobbies and their work you’ll better understand what are the additional lenses you could prescribe to offer them better quality of life.

Don’t overlook the handoff to your optician either! You might as well toss everything you learn about your patient into a black hole if you’re not passing that information off to your opticians. Effective communication flow between you and your optical team will ensure patients are leaving with the right eyewear for their eye care plans!

You’re doing patients a disservice by just prescribing a single progressive.

Using Prosper to prescribe near variable focus or task specific second pairs

Near variable focus or task specific lenswear may be perfect for the patient. But price could still be an obstacle. Most vision plans sharply limit both the number of purchases and the vendors they will reimburse. If near variable focus lenswear isn’t explicitly covered by the vision plan, patients may not be willing to consider the benefits. After all, without some sort of reimbursement materials can be expensive!

However, dispensing that second pair for your patient can vastly improve his or her quality of life. So how do you help patients purchase near variable focus lenswear? With Anagram Prosper.

With Prosper you can instantly send rebates directly to patients' devices when they buy qualifying eyewear from your optical. This makes it a whole lot easier for patients to purchase second pairs, whether they’re prescription sunglasses or glasses with near lenses tailor made for their day jobs.

Think about it: a higher capture rate, more multiple pairs sold, and patients telling your entire community that they got their best eyewear experience ever from your practice.

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Near variable focus progressive and computer lens options for patients

Near variable focus progressives and other task lenses aren’t simply for computer use. These products can be prescribed for a variety of workplaces and activities. Below we take a look at the near variable focus progressives and other task lenswear you should know about:

Hoya offers a number of products that can be considered near variable focus lenses. Each of these is designed for visual clarity at varying distances and while performing different tasks. Understanding them can help you prescribe the correct lenswear for your patients’ unique needs.

Hoya Sync III

Hoya Sync III lenses have a slight power boost designed to support and relax the eye muscles. This relieves eye strain and allows the wearer to focus on screens more easily. These lenses also feature free form backside surfacing and position of wear and frame measurements.

Hoya iD Space

The Hoya iD Space is a task lens designed for activities that require focus beyond a computer screen. The design provides clear vision at close range and sharpness up to 20 ft. It is ideal for activities such as meetings, using smartphones, watching television and shopping.

Hoya iD Screen

If your patient needs maximum clarity at an intermediate distance for work in a store or office then the Hoya iD Screen may be the right choice. This lens is also perfect for someone who uses dual monitors at work. It is designed for watching television, gaming, or using computers or tablets.

Hoya iD Zoom

Patients who have jobs or hobbies that require high levels of concentration at close range would benefit most from the Hoya iD Zoom . These lenses offer the widest possible near area as well as clarity at shortened distances. The Hoya iD Zoom is best for using computers, smartphones and tablets or clerical work.

The Hoya Tact BKS is designed for patients who spend extended amounts of time using computers or engaging in visually intense work or hobbies. The Hoya Tact BKS offers full backside design, digital eye strain symptom relief and exceptionally wide intermediate and near viewing zones with a minimum distance field of view. The larger intermediate area gives wearers a more relaxed and comfortable viewing experience.

Esillor’s near variable lenswear line includes two options: The Essilor Eyezen Start and the Essilor Eyezen+. These enhanced single vision lens options are everyday solutions for patients looking for sharper vision and relaxed eyes.

Essilor Eyezen Start

The Essilor Eyezen Start is designed for a world with digital screens, new postures, and varying gaze directions. This lens uses two optimization points to provide the correct prescription over more of the lens surface to reduce eye strain and visual fatigue. The _Essilor Eyezen Start _also filters harmful blue light.

Essilor Eyezen+

Essilor Eyezen+ lenses offer patients a more complete solution than traditional single lenswear, with a number of options available for accommodative relief. There are five unique Essilor Eyezen+ lens options that are prescribed according to the patient’s age. Each subsequent design profile features a different level of accommodative relief: Essilor Eyezen+0 boosts 0 diopters while the Essilor Eyezen+4 boost is 1.10 diopters.

Essilor Eyezen+ lenswear is also designed with W.A.V.E. Technology, which offers wearers improved color contrast and sharpness, as well as vivid details in their vision. The lenses are also embedded with filters that protect against harmful blue light.

ZEISS offers a couple specialty lens options for patients who need visual clarity for long periods of time or spend extended stretches looking at digital screens. Each of these products reduces eye strain and fatigue for wearers.

ZEISS SmartLife Digital Lens

For patients aged 25 to 45 who frequently use their mobile devices or tablets there’s the ZEISS SmartLife . This digital lens option offers patients a wide, clear distance zone with a comfortable near zone in order to reduce eye strain while viewing digital screens. These all-day lenses are perfect for single vision patients who experience digital eye strain.

ZEISS Officelens

The ZEISS Officelens was designed to give wearers clear vision in three working area distances depending on their needs. The three ZEISS Officelens options are:

ZEISS Officelens Book for reading.

ZEISS Officelens Desk for the workplace.

ZEISS Officelens Room for room distance.

This lens helps patients hold their heads and necks in a natural posture and offers comfort all day.

Nikon also has a task lens for the workplace that comes in three different designs. They offer this office progressive in addition to a number of single vision options similar to the Essilor Eyezen and Essilor Eyezen+ as well as the ZEISS Smartlife . Click here if you’re interested in how Nikon’s progressive’s stack up against Varilux lenswear .

Nikon Home & Office Neo

Nikon’s office progressive lens is the Nikon Home & Office Neo . This lens comes in three designs: long, normal and wide. The Nikon Home & Office Neo is designed for multi-tasking in indoor situations at home or work. It offers clear vision “up to several meters” without any need to remove them between tasks.

Nikon Infinite Single Vision

Nikon also offers a number of single vision options to help patients reduce eye strain that are comparable to products such as the ZEISS Smartlife or Essilor Eyezen . One is the Nikon Infinite Single Vision , a fully customizable digital single vision option for patients.

Nikon Smart Boost

With a 0.5 diopter boost the Nikon Smart Boost is a single vision option designed with a relax zone to ensure minimal distortions. The customizable lens is a simple option with one boost that you can recommend for your patients.

Shamir’s everyday single vision options are called Shamir Relax because they help wearers relax their eyes. The lens is available in three options: RLX, RLX5 and RLX8.

Shamir Relax

Using an extra dose of power in the lower surface area the Shamir Relax offers added visual comfort in the 15-to-27-inches digital display viewing zones. This helps wearers overcome continuous focusing challenges while looking at screens for long periods of time. Shamir notes this helps reduce eye dryness and fatigue, tearing, headaches and blurry vision at the end of long days.

The Shamir Relax can reduce patients’ lens accommodations by up to 30%. The lenses offer patients fatigue relief without distortion or swim utilizing Shamir’s freeform design. Shamir Relax is a highly personalized lens that’s customized to wearers’ visual requirements. The product uses EyePoint Technology that analyzes over 3,600 points on each lens to provide patients a more accurate and comfortable visual experience.

Proof that eyewear is eye care

The difference these unique lenses can make in patients’ lives is proof that eyewear is eye care. Near variable focus lenses may not be covered in a patient’s vision plan, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t part of a quality care plan for that individual. Ultimately, vision plans’ standard of care has more to do with their pockets than your patients.

In order to ensure your patients receive the best possible eye care it’s sometimes necessary to prescribe what a vision plan is willing to reimburse. When that’s the case, we recommend Prosper to ensure your patient is getting the best eyewear for them at an affordable price.

Connor McGann

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