Computer Reading Glasses

Bifocal Buddies


We all need a friend sooner or later!                                        

Everyone knows that reading glasses are a part of life in people with good distance vision.  The reason for this is because the lens of the eye becomes harder with age.  The muscles that focus the lens work fine.  The problem is a gradual hardening of the lens of the eye.  This makes it so the lens changes shape less and less as we age.  For many people, this means they need help seeing things up close around age forty.  The term for this is presbyopia, and it is totally normal.  This just happens to be the age which the near vision ability of the eyes is just longer than the length of our arms.


Around age forty, people who do not need glasses to drive will often purchase over the counter reading glasses to help them do near tasks such as reading.  Usually, they start with the weakest ones, (about +1.00) and gradually progress to using stronger ones (about +2.50) in their mid-fifties.  These glasses work well for a single focal distance, but become problematic when a person has to work at two or more distances.  Typically, the readers will work for the computer, but not be strong enough for the keyboard or small print.  Conversely, they may be strong enough to read small print, but then the person has to get closer than they want to the computer monitor.


It is for this reason I made Bifocal Buddies available, without prescription, at an affordable cost.


I am an Ophthalmologist who knows the importance of regular eye exams.  Nevertheless, I think that an individual with good uncorrected distance vision should be able to buy glasses to help them at near without a prescription.  This should even include bifocals.  Though glasses like these should satisfy the visual needs of most people age forty and beyond at intermediate and near, it is still good advice to have a regular eye exam about every two years.

What are bifocals?


Bifocals focus light through two lenses.  They are usually prescription glasses that correct the distance vision on top, and the reading vision on bottom.  Note that the computer monitor usually is positioned at an intermediate distance, so it is not in perfect focus through the top or the bottom of typical bifocals.  Individuals who see well in the distance without glasses will sometimes wear readers halfway down their nose, but this only corrects their near vision for close or intermediate - not both.

The Problem.


The problem is that millions of people wear over the counter reading glasses that are not satisfactory for computer work.  This causes them to make mistakes and contributes to early eye strain and fatigue.  Also, adjusting to improper glasses can impart poor posture and neck position for hours each day and contribute to neck and back pain.


For better or worse, the computer is becoming more and more of our normal daily work and home activity.  What is needed is an affordable solution for people who need to see their monitor at intermediate distance and the keyboard or reading material closer up.  Glasses like this would be considered a computer bifocal.  The top would be for the monitor and the bottom provides closer focus.  It is very important to note that these glasses will work great for computer/near work, but would have to be removed to see far distance activities such as driving.  This is not an issue for people with good distance vision without glasses.

                                                                The Solution!


Bifocal Buddies will make the task of seeing your computer monitor much more comfortable and clear, while also giving you clear reading vision through the bottom bifocal segment.  These glasses will not typically work well for distance vision, and will have to be removed when you move away from your work station/computer.  They also include a bonus antireflective coating to help reduce glare!  The fact that they can be purchased for $29.99 without an eye exam or prescription makes them a fantastic deal!  Buy one for work and one for home!  Tell your family, friends, and coworkers!


Bifocal Buddies
come in two different powers based on how much help you need.

We call them “Little Buddy” and “Big Buddy.”


The Little Buddy is great for people who drive comfortably without glasses who use weak (+1.00 to +2.00) over the counter glasses to read.  They should be considered when you notice you are moving farther and farther from your computer screen, or if you are putting your “reading” glasses on to see the computer monitor.  The power of the Little Buddy is +0.75 on top and +1.75 on bottom.  It varies, but most people who buy this product will be age forty to sixty.


The Big Buddy is for people who drive comfortably without glasses who use stronger over the counter glasses to read (+1.50 to +2.50).  These people are generally accustomed to wearing reading glasses to see clearly up close, and may actually have two separate glasses - one for the computer and one for reading.  The Big Buddy provides more magnification at +1.25 on top and +2.25 on bottom.  People who buy this product will usually be age fifty or older.


At present both the Little Buddy and the Big Buddy come in the same attractive style.  This is a quality spring hinged frame with a straight top twenty-eight millimeter bifocal segment.  The lenses have been factory tested and includes a free standard antireflective coating.  This should help not only the quality of focus, but also reduce glare on your papers and computer screen.



Eric J. Kahle, M.D.


T-SEK, LLC * 6880 Palm Ave * Sebastopol, CA  95472 * 707-823-7628

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