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Eyes on Tech – Google’s Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing from Google is an upgrade to a platform of applications designed to minimize smartphone distractions

No matter what your feelings toward privacy may be, maximizing the potential of technology is always a step in the right direction. If any given user is concerned about her/his health, Google’s Digital Wellbeing certainly offers several usable tools. But there’s a catch. Google and Apple products aren’t necessarily compatible with one another. User access across both platforms isn’t impossible at all (especially from the Apple side), but it’s not ideal either. If you’re an Apple user, product integration of built-in features is seamless, which is why I believe Apple has a definitive advantage in this game. And Apple users […]

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Biofinity Energys – “Designed to enhance eye function in today’s digital world”

In today's battle against digital eyestrain, advancements are being made on both the software and hardware sides

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, google an answer to most of my questions and speak my mind in 140 characters or less (although tweets are definitely getting longer). 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 […]

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Optical Innovations (cont’d) – Computer Eyewear

One of the best options for preventing digital eyestrain is computer eyewear or lenses that filter out harmful blue light

In the grand scheme of things, digital eyestrain is a fairly new occurrence. As early as a couple decades ago, many people didn’t even think twice about staring at their monitors all day long. Fast-forward to today and there’s smartphones, tablets, readers and laptops along with a whole host of physical ailments that come with device overuse. Luckily for us, we have options for preventing digital eyestrain. One of the best options is computer eyewear or lenses (glasses) that filter harmful blue light. The computer eyewear space has definitely become a bit crowded as of late so there’s many choices. […]

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8 Ways to Protect Your Eyes While Working Behind a Computer

Computer Vision Syndrome can lead to a lower level of efficiency in the workplace

Computer Vision Syndrome makes the eyes feel tired, strained and uncomfortable. If we’re not careful, it can also to lead to a lower level of efficiency in the workplace (e.g. spaghetti code or mangled excel sheets). Luckily for us, we can take several precautions to help our eyes function at their best, especially at work. Here’s a list of eight ways to reduce digital eyestrain and optimize your time behind the computer. Turn on the Lights If your computer screen is the only source of light in the room, your eyes will tend to focus on it. Try to make […]

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Computer Vision Syndrome – Blinded by Blue Light?

The optimal (digital) work environment begins with controlling the things you can control

Computer Vision Syndrome may have you down and you may not even know it. According to the American Optometric Association, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) “describes a group of eye and vision related problems from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell-phone use.” Some symptoms of CVS are obvious, but others can throw you for a loop. If you stare at any computer screen for long enough, you’ll eventually start to notice at least one of the following symptoms: Dry eyes Burning sensations in the eyes Blurred vision Light sensitivity Neck and back stiffness Tension headaches felt more around the eyes Feeling […]

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Possible Causes for the Recent Surge in Dry Eye Cases

Dry eye disease is quite common in older patients, but the number of young sufferers is clearly on the rise

According to the American Optometric Association, “Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye.” This one sentence sums up dry eye in a nutshell, but finding adequate treatments can be much more difficult. Symptoms of dry eye disease include: Burning or stinging of the eyes Redness of the eyes or eyelids Itching Light sensitivity Eye fatigue Contact lens irritation Here in the world of health and eye care, we’re currently experiencing a dry eye surge. The condition has always been quite common in older patients, but the number […]

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Smartphone Overuse & Eye Health Risks in Teenagers

Many young teens just don't understand the consequences of smartphone overuse

An interesting eye health story recently made its way onto NBC Nightly News. The segment entitled Kids’ Eyes Aged by Intense Use of Tablets & Phones tells of a Minnesota teenager who spends nearly 8-hours a day using a smartphone. As a result, this particular teen has been having trouble taking exams at school and has developed Dry Eye Disease (DED). In describing the effects of smartphone overuse, Dr. Ralph Chu states (in the video), “… you see this (DED) commonly in people who are in their 50’s & 60’s, but now with children who are using their smartphones a […]

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iOS 11 to Feature “Smart Invert” Option in Dark Mode

Apple plans to improve "dark mode" options when iOS 11 rolls out later this fall

So how much sleep did you get last night? Regardless of your answer, your performance TODAY will be drastically affected by how much time you spent between the sheets LAST NIGHT (literal, not figurative). If you get less than optimal sleep on a regular basis, most of your waking hours will be less productive than they should be. Loss of sleep can lead to decreased critical thinking skills and short-term memory problems. It may also cause you to eat more during the day, which could contribute to weight gain. Not to mention the excess caffeine you’ll need to compensate, which […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder, Indoor Lighting, & Eye Health

It's common that depression increases during winter months when there is a lack of light and warmth

Every year around mid-February it starts to hit me. The winter blues. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having the seasons here in the northeastern part of the United States. But the lack of warmth and daylight does start to take its toll. As far as my daily affairs are concerned, this is where grit kicks in. The holidays are well behind us and there’s not much to look forward to. On top of that, Punxsutawney Phil says there’s still six more weeks of winter, which leaves me feeling a bit like Phil Connors (Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog […]

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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). […]