Can vertical bifocals be made?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by ah, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. ah

    ah Guest

    I'm interested in ordering glasses for use in front of the computer
    where I could shift my eyes to the left and see the TV about 10 feet
    away, behind the computer. The center of the TV is on the same axis as
    the center of the computer. Executive bifocal lenses split vertically
    (left and right halves), instead of horizontally, would seem to make
    sense. Is it possible to make bifocal lenses like this? Thanks. Dick
    ah, Sep 8, 2005
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  2. ah

    Dr Judy Guest

    You could ask someone to do this and it is physically possible. However, it
    does mean you will need to turn your head to the left when working on the
    computer which may cause neck pain. the reason for this is so that the eyes
    can turn to the right and both look through the "computer" part of the lens.
    If you tried to use the computer with your head straight then the left side
    of the screen would be out of focus.

    A more workable solution would be to get a small tv mounted on monitor arm
    attached to the wall or desk and position the tv to be beside the computer
    monitor. Then you can use the same single vision pair of computer
    glasses for both tasks.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Sep 8, 2005
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  3. ah


    Jan 15, 2017
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    It's been 16 years since I posted this question. I had the glasses made and they came out better than I had hoped. I don't have to turn my head. I can just shift my eyes. The lab that made them for me is now gone. Can someone suggest a lab that will make these? Thanks! VerticalBifocals.jpg
    Dick, Jan 15, 2017
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