SECOND STEP: Which spectacle lenses should be used for computer work?

The SECOND STEP provides you with an overview of different types of lenses with their advantages and disadvantages for computer work. They have different optical properties for different applications, particularly for presbyopic users with their specific visual limitations. Click on each lens type to get detailed information.

This information can be useful when you consult your optician, optometrist, or ophthalmologist.

If you do not wear glasses and have no complaints at the VDU, you can go directly to the THIRD STEP to see how you can position your monitor correctly .

Monofocal lenses: a single optical power across the complete lens

Single vision lenses for far vision Single vision lenses for monitor distance Single vision lenses for near work, e.g. reading
Far vision lenses Computer vision lenses Near vision lenses

 Multifocal glasses: different powers within the lens

Bifocal glasses for distance and near vision or universal bifocals Bifocal glasses for monitor vision and near vision or computer vision bifocals
General purpose bifocals Computer bifocals
Trifocals for far vision, monitor vision and near vision
General purpose progressive lenses for continuous clear vision from far to near Computer-vision progressive lenses
General purpose progressive lenses Computer vision progressive lenses


If you see blurred or feel eyestrain, check your vision by an optometrist or optician. They will find out whether your eyeglasses need to be changed. Perhaps you need spectacles for the first time. Note that regular visitations at the ophthalmologist are important to check for ocular defects.

The physiological properties of the eyes differ between individuals, even if they are normal sighted. Consequently, SECOND STEP helps you to find your individually favourable lens type, depending on the individual preferences and occupational tasks. You should not adapt to an unfavourable workplace or spectacle lenses, but the equipment and the lenses should fit to your requirements. Combinations of two different spectacles can also be a good solution.

If you do not need glasses and see clearly at work, you may directly proceed to THIRD STEP and see how to place your monitor correctly.

If you are not sure what type of lenses you are wearing, see the overview of refractive errors of the eyes; otherwise ask your optician.

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