Put Your Eyeglasses To Work: Occupational Multifocals May Be What You Need

If you're about to get your eyes examined so that you can get new glasses -- and you've been thinking that bifocals are not your thing -- take a moment to think about all of the situations in which you have your current glasses on or off. Not everyone likes bifocals in general; however, if you notice certain circumstances where you are continually whipping different pairs of glasses on and off to switch between two or more distances, there may be a compromise. Occupational multifocals are meant for use only in specific circumstances, and here's a look at how they could benefit you.

Not for General Use

One of the issues people tend to have with bifocals and trifocals is that they have to hold their heads at a certain angle to see through a certain portion of the lens. This can look rather odd if you have to point your face very noticeably down or up. For people who are in situations where they have to look around quickly and focus quickly, the lens divisions in multifocals can be distracting. This leads many people to just get different pairs of glasses because, even though they'd have to change frames, they'd be able to see out of the entire lens without dealing with divided prescriptions in one lens.

However, that too can be distracting if you find yourself in a situation, such as at work, where you need to switch between seeing your computer screen and seeing data on a whiteboard across the room. If you're doing data entry and have to keep looking up and down, switching entire frames all the time could get old very quickly.

The appeal of occupational multifocals is that they let you wear one pair of frames in the work situation, but they are not meant for general use. You're not supposed to wear them when you are just out and about. So for most situations, if you prefer single-prescription lenses, you would keep those. But at work, you could wear a pair that had a close-range prescription in one half of the lens and a far-range prescription in the other half, allowing you to see everything without switching.

Varied Situations

Work is only one example of when these could help you. If you need to see objects at different distances in a sport, for example, you could potentially get multifocals for those (for example, prescription diving masks that offer two or more prescriptions in the lens).

Less Chance of Forgetting Frames

If you're changing frames constantly because you need to see objects at different distances, you could be at increased risk of leaving one of those frames behind if you're in a rush. With one pair of occupational multifocals, though, you just put your regular glasses away once and wear the multifocals while in their intended situation.

If you're interested in seeing how occupational multifocals would work for you, visit an office like All About Eyes and talk to an optometrist when you get your eyes checked. And who knows -- your experience using the occupational lenses may make it easier for you to switch to regular multifocals eventually.