Rise in in­ci­dence of eye strain

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

With the de­mands of the mod­ern world and dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy many adults are liv­ing with some kind of eye strain in­clud­ing tired eyes, blurred vi­sion and dry eye.

A re­cent study showed that all users of dig­i­tal de­vices – re­gard­less of their age, the type of de­vice used and the fre­quency of use, feel the same dis­com­fort, re­lated to the dif­fi­culty of read­ing small char­ac­ters and screen bright­ness. How­ever, the level of dis­com­fort varies de­pend­ing on the user’s age. In fact, for younger users, the main dis­com­fort is screen bright­ness, while for older users, it is the ef­fort re­quired to de­ci­pher the small char­ac­ters.

To meet th­ese new vis­ual needs, Es­silor, world leader in spec­ta­cle lenses has de­signed a new cat­e­gory of lenses for a con­nected life. This all-new range of spec­ta­cle lenses pro­vides a cor­rec­tion for each read­ing dis­tance re­quired by dig­i­tal de­vices, re­laxes users’ eyes and pro­tects them against the po­ten­tial dan­gers of blue-vi­o­let light.

The num­ber of Ki­wis seek­ing help for dig­i­tal eye strain is grow­ing year-on-year with in­ter­na­tional stud­ies show­ing 70 per cent of de­vice users are ad­versely af­fected.

Visique Op­tometrist Cherie Southall says a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple are re­port­ing longer time spent in front of dig­i­tal screens and she is see­ing more peo­ple suffering from blurred vi­sion, dry eyes and headaches caused by strain.

The ex­cit­ing new Eyezen lenses have two new tech­no­log­i­cal fea­tures de­signed to sup­port users in keep­ing their eyes re­laxed and com­fort­able. Eyezen eases stress on the fo­cus­ing sys­tem when switch­ing from one type of screen to an­other.

‘‘We can pre­scribe your spe­cific Eyezen lenses, re­gard­less of the size or the dis­tance you are from the de­vices,’’ says Cherie.

The sec­ond in­no­va­tive fea­ture of Eyezen is a light scan tech­nol­ogy, which se­lec­tively fil­ters blue light, help­ing pro­tect eyes from the harm­ful ef­fects of blue-vi­o­let light rays.

Visique Op­tometrist Brian Nay­lor says over ex­po­sure to blue-vi­o­let light is a po­ten­tial con­cern and is linked to headaches, dry eye, and sleep­ing pat­terns.

‘‘Blue-vi­o­let light is a proven risk fac­tor for Aged Re­lated Mac­u­lar De­gen­er­a­tion along with ge­netic fac­tors, smok­ing, and diet.’’

Crizal Preven­cia, the sur­face lens treat­ment that se­lec­tively fil­ters blue light is be­ing in­creas­ingly pre­scribed at Visique Nay­lor Palmer for chil­dren, teenagers and young adults who are ac­tively us­ing de­vices.

Visique Nay­lor Palmer and Eye Spy Op­tometrists rec­om­mend an eye ex­am­i­na­tion ev­ery two years or at least an­nu­ally for those with higher risk fac­tors.

Spend­ing a lot of time in front of com­puter screen is lead­ing to more and more New Zealan­ders seek­ing help for dig­i­tal eye strain.

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