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Do you need computer glasses?

Technology can be a wonderful thing. Having a computer, phone, tablet or e-reader at the tip of your fingers can have such a positive impact on our lives. We can stay connected and informed, work from anywhere, and be entertained in otherwise boring moments. But with all of the good comes something to be aware of: Digital Eye Strain, also referred to as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Digital eye strain is the physical eye discomfort felt by many individuals after just two or more hours in front of a digital screen.

According to a report by the Vision Council, a nonprofit trade association, nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults experience digital eye strain as a result of the growing use of electronic devices. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Eye irritation (Dry or watery eyes, itchy eyes, red eyes)
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Eyestrain
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light

In addition to these symptoms, we now know that blue light, also referred to as high-energy visible (HEV) light, from digital devices can cause sleep disturbances by interfering with the REM cycle of sleep. Also, increases in cataracts and macular degeneration are expected due to our extensive exposure to LED light sources.

Researchers surveyed more than 7,000 people and found that screen time is steadily increasing for kids and adults. Over the past year, the number of people who admitted spending 10 hours per day on electronic devices rose 4 percent. As people increase their time spent in front of screens, so increases the need for computer glasses.

Computer eyewear is specially designed for optimizing vision when viewing content on screens and can be provided with or without a prescription. They utilize different filters, lenses and materials tailored to lifestyle needs and can block blue light from entering your eyes. Users experience more relaxation, sharper focus and reduced blurriness. The lens designs allow eyes to relax and reduce glare during prolonged use of digital devices.

Stop in to see our collection of Gunnar glasses or to hear about BluTech lenses that can be fit into any ophthalmic frame, and let us get you into a pair of glasses that will ease the strain on your eyes.

 

References:
Review of Optometry. The lowdown on blue light: Good vs. Bad, and its connection to AMD. Found here: http://www.reviewofoptometry.com/continuing_education/tabviewtest/lessonid/109744/
Gunnars. The effect of bluelight. Found here: http://www.gunnars.com/the-effects-of-blue-light/
The vision council. Digital eye strain report 2015. Found here:  http://www.thevisioncouncil.org/sites/default/files/VC_DigitalEyeStrain_Report2015.pdf
AOA. Computer Vision Syndrome. Found here: http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/protecting-your-vision/computer-vision-syndrome?sso=y