Monitor position with bifocal lenses for computer vision and near vision (Computer vision bifocals)

Computer vision bifocals include two different optical powers. Clear vision at the monitor is provided by the main lens (shown in green) and clear near vision for reading is provided an additional lens (shown in red) that is inset in the lower part of the main lens.

Monitor position with bifocal lenses for computer vision and near vision (Computer vision bifocals)

Quick Start Guide

For computer work, you should not view through the lower inset in the lens, thus, the monitor should be placed high enough so that you can see the screen through the main lens of the computer vision bifocals. You should always be able to look beyond the monitor into the room.


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Detailed instruction: Monitor Position – Computer vision bifocals:

Before you start, you should adopt an ergonomic sitting posture in FIRST STEP.

Use the following steps to adjust the height of the monitor so that the head tilt is not strenuous but feels comfortable.. However, always make sure that your look can still go straight above the monitor if you try to look behind it:

  1. Tilt your head with eyes closed significantly up and down. Find with decreasing head movements your individually comfortable head tilt, which you please retain for the next step .
  2. With the retained comfortable head tilt and closed eyes, move now only the eyes up and down . Start with distinct tendencies of the eyes up and down movement and you will find the pleasant eye inclination.
  3. If you now open your eyes and look through the distance portion of your bifocals on the top third of your monitor, the height is correct . Otherwise, adjust the height position of the monitor accordingly.

Shift the monitor stepwise from a long viewing distance (about 100 cm) to a short viewing distance (about 50 cm) while you observe text characters on the screen with a size of about 3 mm that can easily be seen (a colleague may help you). Your Computer vision bifocals is equipped with a strength for a particular viewing distance (usually between 60-80 cm). You will notice that the clarity of the text changes and you can find out at which monitor position the text appears most clearly and vision is comfortable:

  1. If clear vision is found very near (at about 50 cm), then your computer lenses may be too strong: computer work at such a short viewing distance is stressful for the ocular muscles in the long run. Check with an optician / optometrist whether these glasses are suitable for working at a computer work place.
  2. If clear vision is found near 100 cm, this is often relaxing for the ocular muscles. But long viewing distances require larger text characters of about 5 mm that cannot always be achieved.
  3. If, in this range, you do not reach clear vision at the monitor, as you know it from distance vision, then your computer lenses may not be appropriate. Then, you better have your vision tested.

When you have worked with the chosen position for some days, you may experience whether the monitor position is really optimal for you. If not, you may change the monitor position again. For the fine adjustment, you may tilt the monitor in a way so that you look perpendicularly onto the screen surface: the more you look down, the more the monitor has to be tilted.

Additionally, it is important that the height of the monitor is chosen that you see the screen through the main lens and not through the lower inset window since the latter is designed for reading of text documents.

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