Digital Eye Strain (DES)
For those of you that might be reading this… Staring at your computer or iPad/phone…
Are you suffering with:
- Light sensitivity
- Poor night vision
- Irritated eyes
- Tired eyes
- Blurred vision
- Or even neck strain?
I was pleased to be invited to take part in a recent round table discussion hosted by Chris Bennett at Optician magazine and sponsored by Hoya.
I feel that DES is a huge problem and regularly discuss symptoms with my patients. With the pressures of work by day and social media by night we spend hours looking at screens.
Technology versus our binocular system can cause problems, especially when small visual errors are not properly corrected. If our delicate visual system is not in its most relaxed state for working at a screen all day problems will occur.
I regularly look at convergence and eye muscle issues which can be a big problem when you need to look at close targets all day. A multifocal lens is great but many people don’t realise that working in front of a huge screen at eye-level is not perfect in a progressive lens…the distance part of the lens is looking at the intermediate focus – an occupational lens is the answer!!
After all you wouldn’t walk the dog in high heel shoes or your best work loafers… One lens does not necessarily fit all!
At Park Vision we are dispensing more and more computer designed lenses with special coatings to help alleviate visual stress. The Dry Eye Clinics are busy with the latest dry eye treatments as this is also a chronic issue.
Are you staring at a screen all day, not blinking enough, in an air-conditioned office, drinking too much coffee… Eyes getting sore?
I will talk about the latest in Dry Eye treatments, IPL …another day…
To read about the whole round table discussion, where we spent the morning debating this subject, go to opticianonline.net.