May is Healthy Vision Month, which is a great reminder for everyone that eye health is an important factor in our overall wellbeing. There are a few things we can all keep in mind to maintain great eye health, not just this this month, but all throughout the year, especially when it comes to technology.
Digital screens are a huge part of our lives, with 83 percent of American adults reporting using digital devices for more than two hours per day, and 53.1 percent using two digital devices simultaneously. While digital devices have greatly improved our day-to-day activities, they may also be causing a collection of symptoms The Vision Council refers to as digital eye strain. In fact, 60.5 percent of American adults report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain, which include eye strain, dry eyes, headache, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain. And it’s not just us adults that are experiencing this. Our kids can also face these not-so-fun symptoms – not to mention reduced attention span, poor behavior and irritability – since 72 percent American adults report their child(ren) get more than two hours of screen time per day.
Lucky for us (and kiddos, alike), The Vision Council’s ambassadors – optometrist Dr. Justin Bazan and style guru Jenn Falik – are appearing on a series of broadcast interviews this month to spread the word on easy and fashionable solutions to combat digital eye strain. Eyewear is available with lenses featuring anti-reflective and blue light-filtering capabilities – plus oftentimes a magnification – to help reduce the symptoms associated with digital eye strain. Yet 72.6 percent of Americans report they did not know eyewear could be used to protect the eyes from the effects of digital eye strain. In addition, The Vision Council encourages everyone to take frequent breaks when using devices, keep screen’s at least an arm’s distance away from the eyes, increase text size and reduce overhead lighting to eliminate added screen glare.
Take a peek below at some of the eyewear solutions available – many brands are ready-to-wear with the aforementioned lens technologies built in, but any pair of frames can be outfitted with these lenses through your eyecare provider, so you never have to sacrifice style for function. With that being said, make sure to schedule your annual eye exam with your local eyecare provider, if you haven’t already, to get your eyes checked, discuss your digital device usage and find the best solution for your eye health needs. Need an eyecare provider? Hit up ThinkAboutYourEyes.com to find a doctor near you. For more information about digital eye strain, visit TheVisionCouncil.org/DES.