Eye Care: Progressive Lens vs. Task Specific

Progressive Lens versus Task Specific – Finding a lens that works for you and protects your eyesight. If you are like over eighty percent of all Canadians who work or play on a computer for extended periods of time, chances are, you are a victim of Computer Vision Syndrome. Do you suffer from headaches? Blurred vision? Dry eyes? Neck and shoulder pain? Overall visual fatigue, from time to time (or chronically!)? If you stare at a computer, tablet, laptop or phone for an extended period of time, chances are you are giving your eyes an intense workout – that can cause damage from strain over time.

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👓 : Our licensed optician and lens expert, Dana! She’s a regular at our studio in Gastown. Come say hello, &  learn more on how to protect your eyes from digital eye strain.

The good news? A properly designed office lens matched to the wearer’s surroundings will reduce eyestrain, all while increasing productivity. Symptoms of eyestrain can be easily corrected with a pair of specialty task lenses that are designed specifically for the work, or ‘task’ you are performing!

Computer Vision Syndrome

When spending the majority of your work day reading, or using a computer to complete tasks – the muscles in your eyes are constantly working to focus on these near and mid-range objects.

Computer Vision Syndrome, also kn👓own as Digital Eye Strain, is a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. With the use of technology to help us accomplish our day to day tasks, the average Canadian worker spends seven ours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home – leading to plenty of

We asked our licensed optician, and lens-extraordinaire Dana, about the differences and benefits of progressive and task-specific lenses.

Progressive Lens vs. Task Specific

“A full progressive lens has three different distance corrections in one seamless lens”, explains Dana, “A full progressive lens, is great for everyday use! Because there are three prescription corrections inside a single lens, there will be a bit of distortion visible in the peripheral field of view. However the more customized the lens is to the frame, and the prescription, this can offer our clients a field of view that is much larger.”

What about a task specific lens? If you find yourself spending most of your time in front of a computer, this option might be the perfect fit for you. According to Dana, “We can change the design of the lens, to two prescription corrections, to allow for a wider field of view. With only two corrections inside of the lens, we can either give you a larger reading zone, or a larger intermediate zone – all depending on your needs!”.

Allow us to help you feel more energized at the end of your work day (and help protect your vision!) – we  are proud to offer options for top-quality lenses within the industry. Visit us at our Gastown studio to learn more on how task-based or progressive lenses may be of benefit to you, or a loved one.

– Sara, & the Eyeland Team

PS – Want to learn more about the impact of technology on our eyesight? Visit our blog post to learn more on the impact of blue light, and how we can protect our vision with proper lenses. 

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