New digital lifestyles pose new challenges for our eyes!
Most of us spend the bulk of our waking hours staring at some type of digital screen, whether it is a phone or tablet or even a TV. Because of that, it is estimated that over 70% of Americans experience some form of digital eye strain. In fact, digital eye strain complaints have surpassed carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis, making business take these complaints seriously.
Blue Light: A Health Threat Hiding in Plain Sight
According to The Vision Council, 63% of adults do not know that electronics emit high-energy blue light. In fact, many of the high-end TVs and other digital devices use LED back-light technology to help enhance screen brightness and clarity. These LEDs emit very strong blue light waves, and unfortunately, there’s growing evidence that over exposure to this blue light is harmful to your eyes and detrimental to your health in other ways.
Some common complaints are headaches, eyestrain, blurred vision, and burning. But the real concern is the hidden damage that might be happening. Some studies say that prolonged exposure using digital devices may cause retinal damage. According to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, blue light exposure increases your risk of macular degeneration. Another negative side effect of blue light is sleep disturbance. When you are exposed to blue light at night for long periods, the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone which regulates sleep, lowers over time. The resulting sleep disturbances can disrupt your natural circadian rhythm, and lead to physical and mental fatigue as well as depression. But The Vision Council reports that 41% of the adults have never tried nor do they know how to reduce it.
Blue Light Protection with ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect
There are simple ways to minimize blue light, such as reducing digital time, but that may be easier said than done. By far the most effective way to protect your vision is with ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect, a new anti-reflective eyeglass lens product developed by ZEISS. DuraVision BlueProtect is specially designed to filter out undesirable high energy blue light. It can be put on prescription and non-prescription lenses, and it also improves contrast and clarity. Even people that have never worn glasses are finding that the new digital lenses with DuraVision BlueProtect offer them much more comfort. ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect is available at all of The Optical Gallery locations.
Computer-Specific Eyeglasses for Computer Vision Syndrome
Blue light is not the only worry for computer users. Dry eyes, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain are common complaints heard from those spending long hours at a computer. Some progressive lenses work fine for moderate computer use but if you are working at a computer for hours on end, you need to check out computer glasses. The prescription is custom made for the distance that you sit from your computer. We believe that computer eyeglasses will make such a positive difference in your work-life that we offer a money-back-guarantee. If you don’t see and feel the difference, return them for a full refund.
ZEISS Officelens Computer Glasses
ZEISS lets you customize your Officelens according to your desk setup and working distance. They offer 3 lens designs – Officelens Book, Officelens Desk, and Officelens Room. Our doctors and our opticians will recommend which one is best for your needs.
GUNNAR Computer & Gaming Glasses
Gunnars are comprised of a proprietary lens material using an advanced geometric formula and finished with custom tints and coatings to enhance visual performance and increase comfort.
- Sharper, clearer vision
- Significant relief from dry, itchy eyes
- Relaxed ocular muscles
- Increased contrast and resolution
- Reduced glare/reflective light coming from the digital screen
- Reduced eye strain and fatigue
Ask your optician if GUNNAR can help you.
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NOTE: Computer glasses are not just for computer use. Many of our patients use these specialty lenses for other digital and non-digital activities including cooking, music, gardening, and gaming.
Want to see better and protect your eyes at the same time? Just stop into one of our optical locations and learn more about digital performance eyewear.