Many have questioned whether or not Digital Eye Strain is truly an eye health issue. Does Blue Light really impact health? Are computer lenses really that important? Shirley’s niece Charlotte, who works on a computer all day has a story to tell about how lenses saved her.
This is Charlotte’s personal experience and a great example of how someone who has suffered blinding headaches and work issues from not paying enough attention to her eyes can be so “shortsighted”! An intelligent young woman who worked with us on the blog and should have known better! I asked her to write this blog as it underlines the issue of how important it is to keep educating and informing consumers, especially fashionable young women that they need pamper their eyes as much as their wardrobe. I say this as I know Charlotte has several $1000 handbags in her wardrobe but was skimping on her eye health! Aaaargh!
Charlotte’s Eye Health Story
Working at a computer for nine hours a day is tough on your eyes, even if you have 20/20 vision. Add in the additional screen time your eyes are subjected to on your phone, laptop and tablet and your eyes have it rough. If you’re not fortunate enough to have perfect vision then having the correct prescription and appropriate lenses is essential.
Regular eye exams are a must. However, I recently realized the benefits of attending a top notch optometrist! Every two years I would have an eye exam and see a different person, my prescription would be tweaked in one way or another, often making no difference at all or sometimes making it worse – for instance, one optometrist gave me a prescription with my prism pointing in the wrong direction…
After visiting Eric White, OD I realized what I’d been missing. The examination was far more thorough than any exam I’d had before and Eric took the time to explain what was going on with my eye sight and why I was struggling with my computer work – he even picked up an astigmatism I’d never been diagnosed with before. Ok, it was expensive compared to my usual budget quickie drug store eye exam, but I was given a new (correct!) prescription, including one just for working at the computer. My job entails working with multiple computer screens all day long.
I felt confident Eric had fully addressed the issues I’d been having with my eyesight and that the prescription he had provided was correct. For this reason, I decided to invest in good quality lenses. After all the prescription is only as good as the lenses you put it in! I opted for PFO Global’s X lenses, the Identity PRO (office) design in 1.60 index Vitaris with the new HD-AR (special on that product). I selected these based on their reputation for use in an office environment and the fact that they offer an extremely wide near vision region, using a very soft design that eliminates the blurry effect and lateral distortion – perfect when working using multiple screens.
I took the opportunity to change my frames at the same time and opted for eyewear, provided by Marc Franchi and Jason Stanley who now operate the new State Optical Company, in white with stars on the temples for subtle bling-factor.
I wasn’t disappointed. Aside from the style upgrade, these frames are deeper than the ones I was wearing previously and this has really helped when working at the computer, as it prevents me from looking over or under them when I’m working between printed material on my desk and flick back to my screens. The lenses really mitigate the computer glare, which is especially important in my office as our desks are white and reflective the strip light back onto the computer screens.
The combination of the right prescription, quality lenses designed for computer work in the right frame made all the difference. It took me a day or so to adjust, the prism takes some time to adjust to, but now I’m on a roll. By the end of the day my eyes are no longer tired and I find it far easier to concentrate, I think this is mainly due to the reduction in glare from my screen as a result of the lenses.
OK, so it is a costly exercise to attend regular eye exams with a world class optometrist and have top spec lenses, but we use our eyes everyday and spend more and more time looking at screens. From my point of view, I won’t be selecting basic lenses ever again and will continue to invest in my eye health. All good. I have high hopes!