There’s a multitude of free-form progressive ‘workplace lenses’ on the market. We compare several options.
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“Workplace lenses” are progressive lenses that are designed for how people use their vision in confined spaces, such as office cubicles. These lenses are different from gaming and anti-fatigue lenses (see “Minimizing Digital Eyestrain,” p. 60), which only have a mild plus at the bottom. In contrast, progressive workplace lenses are designed to provide optimal wide clear zones for a limited range of viewing-usually some near and intermediate ranges (but no distance). What results is a lens that is ideal for close environment workplace tasks, but will not be of much use outside for distance tasks like driving, playing catch, watching a movie in a theater, etc.
A number of excellent workplace lenses are available and their design diversity gives you some very nice choices. The options range from manufacturers providing one lens in one design, to others that offer more than one design, including those with multiple options within each design. Given the number of choices, you’re sure to find a lens that suits your patient’s near-task vision needs.
Robert Lerose is a freelance writer based in New York.
Ed De Gennaro is Director, Professional Content of First Vision Media Group.