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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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Eyes on Tech – Screen Time (iOS 12)

Later this year, Apple is set to take parental control options to the next level with the Screen Time feature for iOS 12

Screen Time for iOS 12 is due out this fall (public beta, late June 2018) – and all I can say is I feel really bad for parents who didn’t get to take advantage of this feature. Sure, Apple is a bit late to the parental control party, but their appearance is anticipated because their user base is massive (obviously) and ease of access is extremely important, especially now that we know how addictive smartphones can be for adults and children alike. Features: One of the main features of Screen Time will be Activity Reports, which show users how much […]

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Eyes on Tech – 5 Parental Control Options for Smartphone Binging

There are several apps available to assist parents in monitoring the smartphone use of their children

I can’t start this post any better than Nara Schoenberg did recently in the Chicago Tribune. The title of her article contains a phrase we’ve all heard before, but in a different context: “Want to limit your tween’s smartphone use this summer? There’s an app for that.” The title means exactly what it says because there are several apps available to assist parents in monitoring the smartphone use of their children. Now this may seem a bit draconian (from a child or tween’s standpoint), but a give and take relationship is probably in the best interest of eye health as […]

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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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Optical Innovations for Preventing Digital Eyestrain – Blue Light Filters

If you haven't noticed, the market for blue light filtering software has expanded as of late

Computers have feelings too. Well, maybe not, but you still should be nice to them because they DO have the ability to block harmful blue light (if you download the right software). If you haven’t been paying attention, the market for blue light filtering software has expanded as of late. The biggest issue is distinguishing one program from the other. Your best bet is to separate each program by platform, then see which one is easiest to implement on your individual device. Some of the more notable blue light filters include: F.lux In my opinion, F.lux is still the easiest […]

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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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Multifocal Lenses – Weighing the Pros and Cons

Our vision starts to change when we reach the age of 40 and beyond, but multifocal lenses can ensure a smooth transition

The age of 40 is generally considered to be a turning point in life. If you’re reading this post, you’ve either been there and done that, or you’re steamrolling toward 40 like an out-of-control freight train (or maybe you’re too young to know any better). If you’re like me and turning 40 is in the future, you’ll most likely have to grow accustomed to earlier bedtimes, more gray hair, and a hangover from merely thinking about a glass of wine (so I’ve heard). If 40’s in your rear view mirror, you probably didn’t mind those days so much. Our vision […]

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Finding the Right Pair of Eyeglasses for Me

When faced with a choice, you should always trust your eye doctor along with your own personal flair and individuality

With so many different types of glasses available these days, it’s hard to know where to turn for good advice on making a purchase. Add in the high-end brands and crazy prices, you may be out a few bucks if you accidentally lose a pair. It’s good to keep a couple pairs of glasses on hand, but having too many options can lead to indecisiveness. When faced with a choice, you should always trust your eye doctor along with your own personal flair and individuality. If you can’t see 20/20 without glasses, an eye exam is the best place to […]

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Correct Contact Lens Care for Optimum Eye Health

A very large percentage of contact lens wearers do not properly follow contact lens care instructions

I’m not biased or anything, but I think it’s safe to say that contact lenses are a pretty amazing modern invention (maybe just a little biased). We can’t be absolutely sure when the very first contact lens was invented, but we do know major advancements have been taking place since the 1970’s (soft lenses, disposable lenses, material upgrades, etc.). In the last 30 years, a vast majority of the visually impaired shifted out of glasses and into contacts lenses. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “Contact lenses are used by more than 30 million people in the United […]