Reading and work glasses
Separate reading glasses
For reading a good book, studying for exams or working on a detailed document on your desk, there is no substitute for a pair of dedicated reading glasses. They will provide clear, comfortable near vision, regardless of head position or how the glasses are sitting on your face. They will also minimise eye strain. It’s good to know that even if you wear multifocals for day-to-day activities, a separate pair of reading glasses is a very good idea.
If, like many people, you work in an office environment on a computer much of the day, traditional multifocals can be quite limiting. With over half the lens given over to distance vision, your computer and desk work are limited to what you can see through a small part of your lenses. Reading glasses don’t provide the solution either, as they are usually set up for close work and not ideal for the intermediate distance to a desktop computer.
The solution? A pair of ‘office’ multifocals. These are specifically designed for office work and have half the lens dedicated to intermediate (desktop computer) vision, and the other half to near (reading documents) vision. These are very popular. They are even available with a small zone for distance so you can still see across the boardroom. Many people simply look over the top of them to see in the distance.