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Why You Need To Protect Your Eyes From All That Screen Time

By Essilor News

September 22, 2016

If you’re like 90 percent of Americans, you use a digital device for at least two hours every day. You may even be among the 60 percent of people who use a device for more than five hours per day. While being connected is a part of everyday life, all of this screen time means you’re probably experiencing computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain.

Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort you feel after sitting in front of a screen for too long. You can feel symptoms in your eyes, including blurred vision and red, dry or tired eyes, and in other parts of your body, such as back pain, sore neck and headaches. And, while you’re staring at the screen, you’re also exposing your eyes to light sources that emit Harmful Blue Light, which is the high energy waves found between 415-455 (blue-violet light).

Blue light is all around us -- the main source is the sun – and it’s not all bad. Beneficial blue light helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle and also plays a role in basic functions of the human brain such as alertness, memory, emotion, and cognitive performance. Harmful Blue Light, on the other hand, comes from sources like smart phones, computer screens, tablets and fluorescent lights, and yes, the sun. Long term-exposure to Harmful Blue Light has been linked to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness for adults over age 50.

There is something you can do to protect your eyes and it’s as simple as visiting an eye doctor to learn about new lenses designed to address modern vision needs. Even if you don’t have any vision issues, Eyezen™+ lenses are a new innovation designed to prevent digital eye strain and reduce your exposure to Harmful Blue Light by at least 20 percent, through a feature called Smart Blue Filter™. This feature is built into the Eyezen+ lens. The result is a lens that still looks clear, but offers what other lenses can’t -- protection against Harmful Blue Light.

With Eyezen+ lenses you can continue your lifestyle knowing you are giving your eyes the relief and protection they deserve. Eyezen+ lenses are only available through an eye doctor. Find an eyecare professional that offers Eyezen+ today.