Digital Eye Strain + you
A new report on digital eye strain, released by The Vision Council earlier this month, found that adults are using digital devices more than ever – and are experiencing more and more negative effects as a result.

According to the study, 30 percent of adults spend nine or more hours using a digital device, more than half of the time they’re awake each day. Sixty-eight percent of Milennials and 63 percent of Gen Xers report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain, but 31.9 percent of adults take no action to reduce or prevent these symptoms and a surprising 72.5 percent of adults are unaware of the dangers of blue light.

What is Blue Light?
Blue light is the high-energy light emitted by backlit displays. Its wavelengths fall between 380 and 500 nanometers (nm) on the electromagnetic spectrum, with the most harmful range being between 415 and 455 nm. This light is what gives the digital devices the bright white appearance we’ve become accustomed to.

What is Digital Eye Strain
Digital eye strain is the name given to the set of symptoms experienced by those who spend a great deal of time using digital devices. Symptoms may be experienced with as little as two hours of device use.  Symptoms include:

How to Ease the Strain
There are a number of ways to ease the strain caused by blue light and protect our eyes, even for those of us who spend all day in front of a computer.

Make sure to blink
Throughout the day, a person blinks an average of 18 times a minute. When viewing a screen for a long period of time, blink rates decrease, which causes dry, itchy or burning eyes. 

Use the 20-20-20 rule
When you’re in the middle of a great book on your tablet or in the perfect rhythm working on a project, every 20 minutes, it’s important to take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away to give your eyes a chance to refocus and recharge. Even better, take a short walk!

Invest in a pair of computer glasses
Like shoes, it’s important to have the proper pair of eyeglasses for different situations. There are many computer eyewear options available on the market, including prescription and plano varieties. For those who already wear prescription glasses and are looking for a computer eyewear option that doesn’t require carrying an additional pair of eyeglasses, Chemistrie Blue is a great solution.

Posted: Monday, January 19, 2015
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