Advantages: Office lenses — also known as professional or office lenses — are primarily intended for near and intermediate uses such as reading and looking at the computer screen, according to Ong. “You don’t have to tilt your chin up like with some progressive lens designs when using the computer. This greatly improves comfort during long hours of computer work, especially when a person needs more than one screen.
The inconvenients: “Compared to progressive lenses, office lenses only have ‘two layers’ for intermediate and near vision only,” Ong said, and they don’t let you see past your computer screen. So they may not work as well when you’re taking the bus or trying to read the menu on the wall.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE AND WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
You must admit that the costs of these specialized lenses are not low. So how to make the right choice?
“It depends on your lifestyle and job requirements,” Ong said. “If you drive most of the time and only use the cell phone or read the newspaper for a short time, progressive lenses are a good choice. However, if you have to watch close tasks for very long hours, office lenses are a better option.
Even so, do your homework on the lenses, Ong said. Take, for example, progressive lenses, which are the most popular lens choice for people with presbyopia. “All progressives have a specific design and different designs can meet different visual requirements. The main difference comes down to the size of the usable area of the lenses.”
Your choice of frame also plays a role when it comes to progressives. It’s important that the frame can accommodate the full vision range of the lens, notes Essilor’s website. For this, choose frames at least 28 mm high.