Everything You Need To Know About Occupational Varifocals

Everything You Need To Know About Occupational Varifocals 1

The cost and characteristics of Occupational Lenses?

You may require glasses for a hobby or a job that requires close-up work and a slightly farther view. Occupational lenses are an excellent choice for those who need glasses as part of their ‘occupation’. By design, these lenses are able to assist you in seeing objects close to you with the lower part of your eyeglasses, and objects further away with the upper part of the lens. These lenses are excellent for reading and working with computers in general.

Those suffering from presbyopia will find them especially helpful. Presbyopia is a vision problem that occurs for individuals over the age of 40 as their eye lens struggles to focus on objects at close range.

However, occupational lenses differ from standard varifocals despite having the same sound.

The difference between occupational lenses, reading glasses, and varifocals

When you reach a point in your life when you are unable to perform some tasks near and far away, you may want to consider purchasing varifocal lenses. A standard varifocal lens can offer a wide viewing zone, but not always as wide as occupational lenses, as they can offer a wide range of prescriptions in one lens. In addition to having real-time meetings at your desk, and accomplishing any other tasks at your desk, occupational lenses are the best choice for people who spend a lot of time reading off their computer screens.

However, reading glasses may appear to be a good option, but unfortunately, they can be quite tiring as you have to constantly take them off and put them back on as you change the distance between your point of view and your distance from the lens. Otherwise, you will have to glance above your glasses as anything beyond 40 cm appears blurry.

A typical example of occupational glasses is a pair of glasses worn by a hairstylist, a waiter, a teacher, a shop assistant, a doctor, or a shop assistant.

There are several types of occupational lenses.

Wide-view Occupational Glasses

Occupational glasses for the desk

When looking at a computer screen, this lens design offers clear, sharp vision and is optimal for indoor, desk-based use.

Occupational glasses for the workplace

With the Office design, you will be able to see clearly at the computer screen as well as across your desk when looking at objects or people.

Occupational glasses for meetings

With the ‘Meeting’ design, users will be able to see clearly, sharply between the computer screen and objects or people from a more distant distance.

Multifocal Occupational Lenses – a Hidden Gem

Occupational lenses are frequently overlooked when considering multifocal lenses, but they may be the perfect choice for you – here’s why!

Occupational lenses: what are they?

There are some similarities between occupational lenses and traditional varifocal lenses, such as a smooth transition from prescription to prescription that does not leave a physical line on the lens surface.

However, they differ in one important respect…

What is the difference between occupational lenses and regular lenses?

As opposed to distant vision, occupational lenses are designed to focus on intermediate vision. Consequently, the lens design ‘balloons’ out in the intermediate zone to provide a wide field of view, while simultaneously incorporating a reading area as well.

Do I not have the option of wearing Varifocals for every occasion?

Yes, in general.

It is important to note that varifocals are not always the best solution when you work across multiple screens. Traditional varifocals are hourglass-shaped, which provide wide fields of view for distance and reading, but narrow for intermediate vision. You will need to tilt your head back to focus clearly when working across multiple screens. When your screen is set at eye level, you will be turning your head side to side more.

Wouldn’t it be possible to wear them all the time?

There is a compromise when it comes to distance vision when an occupational lens design is focused on intermediate and near vision. As occupational lenses provide distance vision up to 4 meters, they are versatile and ideal for office environments. As occupational lenses have limited distance vision, they are not suitable for full time use, and you cannot drive in them.

Does my workstation set up pose a problem?

It is absolutely not! The Optician will discuss your working distances with you during the exam and prescribe a suitable addition that will accommodate these requirements. As soon as the test has been completed, you will meet with the Dispensing Optician who will discuss your physical desk setup, taking note of the height, width, and shape of your screens and your daily tasks in order to tailor the occupational lenses to meet your individual requirements.

What is the next step for me if I want to give them a try?

We recommend that you first have an eye test with us or bring a copy of your prescription if you have been tested recently. The occupational lenses are covered by our varifocal guarantee.

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