Let’s face it. If we’re not sitting in front of our computers, we’re on our tablets and smartphones checking email and surfing the web. Over the last decade, with the tremendous growth in technology, a third of Americans spend between 6 and 9 hours a day staring at some kind of digital screen, while another third spends more than 10 hours. Even children who play video games on a regular basis may experience some form of digital eye strain, that is why taking proper eye care precautions when in front of a screen is important to the health of your vision.
Symptoms of digital eye strain include blurred vision, eye redness, back or neck strain, dry eyes, double vision and dizziness. The less obvious danger is exposure to high-frequency blue light emitted by digital screens like LED tvs, computers and smartphones, which can eventually lead to age-related macular degeneration.
A good pair of computer glasses, particularly if they’re tinted yellow and include anti-reflective coating, can help to block out blue light and reduce the fatigue that comes from focusing on a digital screen for hours at a time. By bringing the middle distance more into focus, computer glasses can also reduce glare, increase contrast and even reduce the need to strain your back and neck. In short, computer glasses make it easier to look at a digital screen for longer periods of time.
Even if you don’t normally wear lenses, you can still benefit from single vision computer glasses; although computer lenses can also correct near and distance vision. Keep in mind that if you do wear lenses, you should get a comprehensive eye exam to rule out the possibility of inaccuracies in your prescription.
If you’re experiencing eye strain from your use of digital devices, and would like to find out more about the right computer glasses for you, please contact us at 877-871-1684 to schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists.
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