Patients Give High Marks to High Def
I can see clearly now!
As a Human Resources Manager at ShoreMaster in Fergus Falls, Joyce Larson can spend hours at the computer each day. She always has been far-sighted, but after hitting 40, Larson – like most people – needed bifocals. Now, years later, she's noticed that arm's length distances, like her computer screen, aren't as clear as they used to be.
After several prompts from her optometrist at Lake Region Healthcare's 20/20 Optical, Larson decided to give high-definition lenses a try. The difference, she's found, is (fuzzy) night and (clear) day.
"Oh my gosh, it's just unbelievable," she says. "When I'm wearing my street glasses, it's OK, but the computer is still a little fuzzy. When I put these on, it's just 'Bam!' It's right there, it's so clear and there's no fuzziness."
Now her "computer glasses" stay at her desk, where she finds them as indispensable as her phone or calendar. "In the past, my eyes would get tired and not able to focus as well at the end of the day," she says. "These have just made a tremendous difference."
In fact, her glasses work so well that Larson has become a bit of an evangelist for them. "I have a co-worker here, I have been bugging her, because every time I walk into her office, she's looking over her glasses," Larson says, with a laugh. "I used to look under my glasses. I'll say, 'C'mon, you need to do something about this,' and she'll say, 'I know, I know.'"
"I would highly recommend these to people who are on the computer a lot," she adds. "It's just obvious how much clearer things are."
New 'office glasses' give Kvamme an eye for detail – literally
Scott Kvamme went from seeing three red octagons when he pulled up to a stop sign to deciphering the tiniest of small print on a complex contract. But after surgery for cataracts corrected this triple-distortion, the 57-year-old Fergus Falls man still needed eyeglasses to correct his nearsightedness and presbyopia.
As a salesman for Indigo Signworks, he needs to have an eye for detail – literally. "We design, build and install signs of all kinds, so I work with graphics, contracts and details all the time," he says.
Kvamme's saving grace is a new pair of "office glasses," fitted with high-definition lenses at Lake Region Healthcare's 20/20 Optical. His new eyeglasses bring crystal clarity to all of his close work, including the three computer screens lined up on his desk.
"I'd had a set of office glasses before, but this particular set is a lot sharper than those," he says. "They're sharper, the range of focus is better, the lens is thinner and I believe actually lighter. It's a real advantage to be able to sit and see everything in clear focus without having to turn my head a lot."
In fact, thanks to high-definition lenses, everything in Kvamme's view seems brighter. "We live by Lake Alice on the hill," he says. "We have great sunsets. It's wonderful to be able to see those too."
High-def lenses are definitely better, says doctor
Dr. Al Magnuson knows a thing or two about eyeglasses. The Lake Region Healthcare pediatrician has been wearing glasses since he was 4 years old. Now in his 60's, he's found the best vision correction to date: high-definition glasses with progressive lenses.
The glasses offer seamless correction for mid-range and close reading – in a thin, lightweight lens. "I'm very happy with them," Magnuson says.
Magnuson has found the frames are especially helpful for computer work. That makes a difference when he spends four hours a day in front of a screen. "It's much better than in the past. These are just excellent," he says. "The team at 20/20 does a very good job. I've trusted them for my eyecare for a long time."