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Simple tips for customized eyeglasses in the workplace

If you didn't already know it, your glasses can make a big difference to the well-being of your eyes. Whether you spend your day in a cubicle or a car, there are plenty of ways to customize your glasses to meet the needs of your workplace — and keep your eyes in good shape in the process.

Here's a look at three common workplaces:

In the Office

If you're sitting behind a desk, staring at a computer monitor all day, the right lens and coating choice can reduce digital eye strain, visual fatigue and even alleviate ergonomic discomfort.

Computer Vision Lenses. Computer vision lenses are designed to put the power of your prescription in the range of viewing where your computer monitor resides. This keeps your monitor in focus and eliminates the need to move your head up, down and all around just to focus on the task at hand.

Blue Light Coating. Enhancing your lenses with a blue light coating like TechShield Blue helps reduce your exposure to the high-energy blue light coming from your computer screen, tablet or smartphone. Blue light exposure can lead to digital eye strain in as little as two hours of exposure. And unless you've got the job of a lifetime, you're probably putting in more than a couple hours a day in front of a screen.

Bonus tip! Add a blue light coating to your computer vision lenses for the ultimate office package.

Outside of the Office

Whether you swing a hammer, enforce the law or help people find the home of their dreams, working outdoors can expose your lenses to breakage and your eyes to UV light.

Polycarbonate Lenses. Polycarbonate lenses are shatterproof, impact resistant, and completely block UV light, so they're better suited for outdoor professions prone to occasional flying debris or other minor impacts. If your profession requires you to wear safety eyewear, be aware of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard requirements for both frames and lenses.

Light-Reactive Lenses. Light-reactive lenses automatically change from clear indoors to dark outdoors. In addition to giving you an indoor and outdoor pair of prescription glasses in one frame, light-reactive lenses like SunSync provide 100% UV protection. And as dangerous as flying rocks can be to your eyes, ongoing UV exposure can lead to cataracts, sunburned corneas and cancer.

Bonus tip! Combine polycarbonate and light-reactive lenses for the ultimate outdoor solution.

Behind the Wheel

From ride-share services to delivery services, more people call the cab of their car or truck their workplace these days. And there may be no working environment where clear, comfortable vision is more important than behind the wheel.

Polarized Prescription Sunglasses. Polarized prescription sunglasses offer you the precise vision of your standard prescription lenses with the added benefits of reducing glare and blocking out any UV light that gets past your windshield. Less glare, less squinting and less strain on your eyes.

Extra-Active Light-Reactive Lenses. Differentiated from standard light-reactive lenses by the fact that they get darker and stay dark in the car, extra-active light-reactive lenses like SunSync Drive XT are ideal if you want glare reduction and UV protection, but don't want to splash the cash on a pair of standard glasses and a pair of prescription suns. These lenses give you the benefits of both in one package.

Bonus tip! Enhance your extra-active light-reactive lenses with an AR coating for best results behind the wheel.

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