Did you know that your eyes need to be protected from the harmful blue-light emitted from digital devices?
With growing dependency on devices such as computers and mobiles, our eyes have never been more exposed to the harmful blue rays. Blue light emitted from digital devices strains our eyes, and over the years, this light significantly weakens our eye muscles.
At Optically Australia, we conducted research about the use of digital devices from a group of 75 respondents. The results are alarming, because while the time spent on digital devices is growing significantly, knowledge about the use of blue coat lenses is virtually minimal. The group of 75 people surveyed indicated that their dependency on the use of smartphones has contributed significantly to the increased use of digital devices. A large number of people surveyed also stated they started their day by using their mobile phones from as early as 6.30 am.
This is certainly not good for the eyes or your health in general. We all know that the level of sunlight in our lives affect our moods and sleeping patterns. Looking at your phone first thing in the morning and last thing before sleep may affect our sleeping patterns.
If you have been straining your eyes with long usage of digital devices without blue coat lenses, your eyes may already be damaged to an extent.
EYE STRAIN SYMPTOMS
1. Dry Eyes or Burning Sensation
Staring at screens results in us blinking significantly less than we would otherwise. The screens keep us engrossed leading to up to 66% less blinking.
2. Retinal Damage leading to Blurred Vision
Exposure to digital devices leads to myopia, or nearsightedness. High Energy Visible Light (HEV) emitted by LED screens is the blue/violet light emitted by TV screens, computer screens and mobiles. It lies at the blue end of the colour spectrum, and long exposure often contributes to significant damage of the retina. This affects the central vision and causes macular degeneration or makes age-related macular degeneration (AMD) worse.
3. Irritation or Itching Symptoms
Computer Vision Syndrome, popularly known as CVS is a common problem that occurs when using mobiles and computers for long hours. Irritation and itching of the eyes is associated with staring at digital devices for long periods of time, from too close, or at uncomfortable angles.
4. Increased Chance of Early Cataracts
Studies indicate that there may be a link between increased exposure to blue light emitted and an increase in cataract development. While extensive research still needs to be conducted in this area, this is a cause for concern. Eye specialists today are reporting that some patients in their mid-30s are developing cataracts with the same level of cloudiness normally seen in patients over the age of 70.
Finally, we believe that Millennials, the generation who have grown up using digital devices from pre-school to university, face an increased risk of eyestrain caused by LED screens. People working on computers for long hours are also at a higher risk of eye related symptoms if they do not follow the right eye care practices.
SAVE YOUR EYES!
1. Glare Care
Avoid glare by using anti-reflective lenses to help prevent eye strain. When shopping for eye wear, opt for lenses with anti-glare protection.
2. 20-20-20 Rule
Try to follow the ’20-20-20′ rule – This may seem tough, but you can save your eyes by looking away from the screen every 20 minutes, at an object 20 feet away, for about 20 seconds. Massaging your eyes periodically can also relieve you of eyestrain.
3. Keep Phone at Bay
It is vital to remember to keep your phone as far as possible from your eyes. Of course the phone should still be at a comfortable reading distance.
4. Reduce Brightness
Reducing screen brightness may save the phone battery, but this will certainly harm your eyes. You must remember to adjust the brightness on your digital display so it matches the brightness of the area around it.
5. Blink Often
Make an effort to blink your eyes frequently. Blinking keeps your eyes clean and lubricated. Position yourself at approximately an arm’s length from your computer screen, with the screen positioned just at eye level.
6. Give your Eyes a Break
Take a nap or just close your eyes for a few minutes. In essence, give your eyes a break whenever possible. And yes, eye strain causes headache and neck-related pain too.
7. Regular Eye Check Ups
Finally, get your eyes checked regularly to be in the know of any eye related issues that may be affecting your overall health.
So, if you’re buying prescription glasses online from optically.com.au, do your eyes a favour by opting for digital blue coat lenses. In today’s digital environment, we can’t move away from digital devices, but we can certainly keep our eyes protected.