How many days of the week do you spend most of your time starring at a screen? Whether it’s a computer, laptop, mobile phone, or tablet, our eyes were not made to spend so much time looking at digital devices- but what are the implications of this?
If your eyes feel uncomfortable as they get “tired” toward the end of the day, you are likely experiencing eyestrain which can also lead to headaches. For things to look clear at close distances the muscles inside the eye have to flex, which can become uncomfortable if the muscles are engaged for a prolonged amount of time. There are now lenses designed specifically for maintaining eye comfort whilst focusing at up close when using digital devices.
Over the last few years there has been a huge amount of research gone into investigating the long term effects of prolonged digital device use. The blue UV rays emitted from screens have been shown to disrupt sleep cycles and contribute to early progression of certain eye health conditions. To protect your eyes from the harmful effects of blue UV rays, there are specific coatings made for spectacle lenses to block these high energy wavelengths.
If you have been experiencing the effects of extensive digital device use, discuss this with your optometrist and consider these new lens options for your next pair of spectacles.