The digital age has changed the way we work, learn, shop, socialise and relax. However, our eyes are not accustomed to the digital environment and many of us are feeling the strain.
Australians on average are spending 10 hours a day on internet connected devices^. This places stress and fatigue on our eyes and posture, resulting in a growing epidemic known as digital eye strain.
Digital Eye Strain is the physical eye discomfort felt by as many as 65% of individuals after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. Those using two or more devices simultaneously are at higher risk. Symptoms can include one or more of the following and the statics represent the frequency of reported symptoms^:
Our eyes are focusing more intensively, switching frequently between devices and adjusting to increasingly smaller, pixelated characters and bright, glowing screens.
A new reading zone in ultra near vision has evolved with the smartphone, placing even greater demands on our eyes.
The normal blinking rate is often reduced from 17 or more blinks a minute to 12 to 15 blinks, reducing tear production, making your eyes feel dry and uncomfortable.
We are increasingly prescribing innovative lens technology to alleviate digital eye strain by eliminating glare and preventing vision fatigue. The good news is that digital lens innovation caters to both prescription and non-prescription wearers affected by
digital eye strain.
Referred to as your computer, digital or work pair, these lenses are designed to relax and protect your eyes by providing clear viewing at typical screen viewing distance, as well as reducing blurriness, pixelation, brightness and glare. If you wear prescription glasses currently, a dedicated computer pair will combat digital eye strain and deliver postural benefits as your focus will be optimised for closeup work and screen viewing.
2 in 3 suffer real strain caused by a digital life. Book an appointment with us to find out how we can help lessen the strain.
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