According to a survey of 9,840 American adults, The Vision Council found that 87 percent of individuals use digital devices more than two hours per day, and over half use two devices at the same time. Studies show that overexposure to digital screens can do harm to our eyesight because screens emit high-energy blue light with short wavelengths that penetrate deep into the eye. Increased exposure to blue light suppresses the body’s natural release of melatonin and increases risk for cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Symptoms of digital eye strain
One of the first symptoms you will notice of overexposure to blue light is physical discomfort. Staring at computer screens and digital devices can cause eye strain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eye. Unfortunately, our eyes are not made to look at screens all day. Even though digital devices increase efficiency and communication in our jobs, we are putting our vision and overall wellness at risk.
Fashionable solutions to the problem of blue light
In the past years, new eyewear has been developed that can filter out blue light. With anti-reflective, anti-glare properties, these specialized lenses can decrease brightness, minimize glare and reduce blurriness and pixilation of screens. The Vision Council is keenly aware of the hazards of blue light, but they are also conscious of the working professional’s need to be fashionable and trendy. Teaming up with style experts, the Vision Council has produced the Eyecessorize trend kit to protect your eyes in style. Eyecessorize uses innovative lenses that shield your eyes from blue light and surrounds them with unique frames that showcase your distinct personality.
Here are a few of the collections from which you can choose:
- Stark Sophistication– With a clean design and industrial-inspired details, these frames are utilitarian and trans-seasonal.
- Eras Recollected—Choose a throw-back frame from the 20s, 50s, 60s, or 70s for a new twist on a vintage style.
- New Age Athleticism—Wear these “althleisure” frames for any level of activity.
- Posh Peculiarity—Fashion can be eccentric and diverse, so choose the facet of unique style that fits you best.
Fashion expert and Vision Council Ambassador Jen Falik thinks that the blending of protective lenses and stylish frames is a winning combination. “Glasses aren’t just practical, they also serve as a form of expression!” Falik said. “Designers are incorporating eyewear into their collections, encouraging everyone to embrace whatever frames match their personal style. Whether you’re looking for a pop of color or a classic frame shape, there’s eyewear to match everyone’s aesthetic and serve as a finishing touch. Not to mention, almost any style can be outfitted with lenses for screen use that include blue light-filtering and anti-glare properties to protect one’s eyes while staying on-trend” (Source: PR Newswire).
If you are experiencing symptoms of overexposure to blue light, do not ignore them. Make an appointment with your eye care professional by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam.