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Optical Innovations for Preventing Digital Eyestrain

New advancements represent a change in our basic eye care needs, and a growing demand for more relevant options

Like most people in my age group, I’m a big fan of technology. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to check my email every ten seconds. I wouldn’t be able to Google an answer to most of my questions. And I’d need more than 140 characters to speak my mind.

Without technology, I’d also have to pick up the phone to make a dinner reservation. I’d have to walk to the street corner to catch a cab. And I wouldn’t be able to post pictures of my life that make me look cooler than I actually am (guilty as charged).

It might be safe to assume that some appreciate technology more than others, but everyone benefits from advancements in some way, shape or form. This is especially true when it comes to our eye health.

That said, the way we approach vision is changing for the better. With computer vision syndrome alone, advancements are being made on both the optical side, and the hardware side. If both sides keep chipping away, we may indeed have an answer to the world’s myopia epidemic. But there’s still a long way to go because digital eyestrain is a fairly new problem.

Eyezen+ by Essilor:

One of the recent optical innovations is the EyeZen+ lens by Essilor. These particular lenses are stylish enough to serve as your “everyday glasses,” and they’re “specially enhanced” to help reduce eyestrain when looking at smartphones, computer screens, or reading materials.

There are three Eyezen+ lens options, and the patient’s age range typically factors into the design. The difference between the three design options is the amount of accommodative relief the patient receives in the lens.

Major benefits of Eyezen+ lenses include:

  • Defense against digital eye strain associated with device use
  • Reduced exposure to harmful blue light

In my opinion, a stylish pair of glasses that corrects vision and blocks excess blue light is the wave of the future. The Eyezen+ option may be a bit more expensive than a regular pair, but the price increase may be well worth it when it comes to style.

Biofinity Energys:

Another one of the newer optical innovations is the Biofinity Energys contact lens. In a nutshell, these contacts not only correct vision, but reduce digital eyestrain as well.

“Specifically designed to enhance eye function in today’s digital world,” major benefits of Biofinity Energys include:

  • Enhanced vision transitions from on-screen to off-screen and back
  • Increased eye moisture throughout the day

I believe most candidates will choose a comfortable pair of contact lenses over glasses for obvious reasons. But it’s a good idea to keep both handy. If Biofinity Energys (and similar products) offer similar features as Eyezen+ (and similar products), it may be easier to consider the contact lens option.

Live in Your OcularPrime:

From a doctor’s perspective, it’s easy to get excited about optical innovations like Eyezen+ and Biofinity Energys. These new advancements represent a change in our basic eye care needs, and a growing demand for more relevant options. Glasses and contact lenses used to be only about correcting vision. Today, and on into the future, a bit more will be expected of them as well.