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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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Correct Posture Techniques & “Tech Neck” Prevention

Looking down at your digital device for long periods of time can result in a new ailment called "tech neck"

Health risks caused by digital device overuse may include digital eyestrain, computer vision syndrome, and possibly myopia, but now there’s more. The process of looking down at your screen(s) for long periods of time can apparently result in a new ailment called “tech neck”. Spine-Health describes tech neck as the result of “holding your head flexed and forward while looking down at your handheld device and/or laptop screen, which places your cervical spine in a tenuous position.” “Over long periods of time, maintaining this head-forward posture can lead to muscle strain, disc injury, nerve impingement, and arthritic changes of the […]

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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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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 […]

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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). […]