Beating Digital Eye Strain with our Relax Lens Special!
The human eye is not meant to stare at screens all day. In fact, the strain of looking at a screen for long periods of time can cause digital eye strain. This condition can lead to headaches, blurry vision, and even dry eyes. But what exactly about screens causes digital eye strain? Let’s take a look so we can then identify how to alleviate symptoms for more comfortable and healthy vision.
What causes digital eye strain?
In short, staring at your screen too long can cause your eyes to become strained and uncomfortable. There are a few reasons why this happens:
- Glare from the screen. When you stare at a bright screen for too long, the glare can cause eye fatigue. This is especially true if you have a glossy or reflective computer monitor—the more light that bounces off of it, the more likely it is to create glare!
- Screen brightness/contrast ratio (or lack thereof). The typical computer monitor has way too much contrast between blacks and whites; even though modern screens are able to display darker blacks than ever before, they’re still not dark enough for most people’s liking when compared with printed paper or real-life objects (like trees outside). This means that instead of using their natural ability to adjust themselves based on ambient lighting conditions like most other mammals do, today’s humans have developed into creatures that require artificial light sources in order not just survive but thrive – which leads us right back to where we started our story…
What can I do about digital eye strain?
It doesn’t have to be this way. There are some things you can do in your everyday life that will help you avoid digital eye strain, and make sure your eyes stay healthy and happy.
First of all, it’s important to take breaks every 20 minutes while you’re working at a computer screen—even if this means doing something as simple as standing up and walking around the room for five minutes.
If possible, get your eyes checked by our optometrists in Ontario, who specialize in finding solutions for computer vision syndrome — they’ll be able to tell you if your prescription needs updating; if you have any eye health conditions that may be affecting your vision, and what kind of glasses are best suited for your particular needs!
Finally: don’t forget about yourself! Make sure that when it’s time for dinner or a lunch break from work (or whatever else), you take some time off from staring at screens. Go outside for a walk; meet up with friends; exercise… anything that gets away from staring at bright lights for too long should do the trick!
You can also consider wearing our Relax Lens – an anti-fatigue glasses lens specially designed to combat digital eye strain.
What is the Relax Lens?
The Relax lens is primarily for children and young adults who frequently experience digital eye strain. It is a progressive lens design, which means it helps with both near and far vision, however, unlike traditional progressives used predominantly by over 40s, the Relax lens is easy to adapt to, without issues like distorted vision while focusing between different distances.
The Relax lens is made up of 2 zones – the upper part is dedicated to intermediate and distance vision, and the bottom portion is for close-up tasks, such as reading or using a laptop or smartphone. The near-vision zone acts as a boost zone, with a slightly stronger power added to it, which means your eye muscles can remain relaxed while using screens to ensure you don’t suffer from eye strain and can enjoy clear vision.
One of the best aspects of the Relax lens is the convenience it offers by providing clear vision at all distances. This means you don’t need a separate pair of glasses for reading, which means less chance of forgetting your glasses, and damaging or losing them by constantly taking them on and off. We are committed to testing our own products before offering them to our patients, which is why Dr. Maria Coward, one of our expert optometrists, has tried them and now uses them regularly at work to alleviate eye strain and headaches.
If you or your child struggle with reading, a blue blocker coating with the Relax lens might also be beneficial. Let’s take a look at why.
The benefits of blue blocker lenses
Blue blocker coatings are a great way to reduce digital eye strain and improve your sleeping patterns, whether you wear prescription or non-prescription glasses, and work by filtering out certain wavelengths of blue light in order to protect your eyes from being exposed to too much. The coating also reduces glare from screens and works to improve contrast and clarity. This keeps your eyes from becoming strained or irritated after long periods of screen exposure.
Contact our optometrists in Ontario
If you suffer from a sore, tired, or strained eyes after using a computer or phone for a long time, it may be time to try our Relax Lens. What better time than now to invest in them too, while we have our Relax Lens Special going on. You can now get $100 off the Relaxed® Lens with a Blue Blocker Anti Reflection coating until December 31st! Why not show your eyes some love and make the most of this great offer now? Contact our optometrists in Belleville, Brighton, Trenton, or Picton to discuss the offer in more detail.