How much time do you spend staring at a screen? According to recent research adults spend more than half of their day using technology. While positive for the most part, technology is ruining our eyesight.
14% of people report using screens for between 10 and 12 hours per day but even with constant exposure most are oblivious to the effects of prolonged technology use on their eyes.
Data shows that the amount of children and adults spending more than ten hours a day on screens is rising at a rate of 4% per year. So, what symptoms should you be looking out for? Extended screen time can cause users to develop symptoms that range from dry eyes to sore eyes, double vision, fatigue and even a sore neck which can develop the following:
According to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, direct exposure to the blue light emitted from LED devices can damage the retina. This retina damage can lead to macular degeneration and damage your central vision.
Tension headaches often occur when you stare at a screen for too long. They are more prevalent in regular computer users due to the contrast between the dark coloured text and bright screen. This is because your eyes work harder to focus resulting in muscle spasms at the temples.
Research is currently being carried out on the link between excessive screen time and cataracts. There are cases to suggest that technology causes cataracts – a common condition where the lens in the eye develops cloudy patches – over time.
What can you do to prevent technology from ruining your eyesight?
Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.
Enhance your ergonomics: make sure your computer is positioned directly in front of you, that your are looking down at a 15 degree angle and that you do not view the screen closer than 18 inches.
Have the right lighting: adjust room lighting to match your computer brightness. This will help to reduce glare.
Invest in a high quality monitor: a higher resolution monitor is easier on your eyes.
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Rodenstock have recently introduced a new anti-reflection lens coating. Available at all Goldsmith Webb practices, the super smooth anti-reflection coating has outstanding cleaning, hydrophobic and oleophobic properties.
Previously, anti-reflection coatings attracted dirt, dust, water, fingerprints and reflections. The new Rodenstock anti-reflection coating repels the aforementioned and anything that does end up on the lens is far easier to clean off.
These lenses are twice as scratch proof as conventional lenses, have excellent antireflective properties, super cleaning properties and perfect UR protection.
Want to find out more? Talk to one of our opticians or visit the Rodenstock website.
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a fairly common and usually minor condition that causes blurred or distorted vision. Those who wear glasses have variants of the condition which is caused by an irregular curve on the cornea. This means it fails to process light to a single focus and therefore causes blurred vision and the need for spectacles.
What are the signs and symptoms?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact us to book an appointment with one of our team:
- Distorted or blurred vision at every distance
- Difficulty driving at night
Can you have astigmatism without knowing?
It is possible to have it without knowing. Children most commonly suffer with it as they are not aware of their vision being anything other than normal. It is also possible for some adults to have mild astigmatism without any symptoms, having a comprehensive eye exam will enable further information.
How do you detect astigmatism?
Our professional eyecare experts at Goldsmith Webb Opticians can detect it by using an astigmatism chart to help determine the curvature of your cornea or lens. An abnormal curvature will sharply focus parts of the image on your retina, while blurring others.
How do you correct astigmatism?
There are a number of options available to correct it. Glasses are the simplest and safest way, talk to one of our experts to find out which would be best for you. Contact Lenses work by becoming the first refractive surface for light rays entering the eye, causing a more precise refraction or focus. They provide clearer vision, a wider field of vision and better comfort. Refractive Surgery changes the shape of the cornea permanently. This enables light rays to focus precisely on the retina therefore improving vision.
It is important to note that everyone’s eyes are different. Therefore the way in which astigmatism is treated is different for everyone.
Just because you wear glasses doesn’t mean you can’t take part in your favourite sport. At Goldsmith Webb Opticians, we offer a vast range of options to ensure you always have your eye on the ball.
You don’t want to damage your specs – or your style – while playing contact sports. This is why contact lenses are a great solution. With a range of contact lenses available, from daily disposables to varifocals, you no longer need to worry about breaking your glasses on the pitch. Durable contact lenses are safer for your face and your wallet.
There’s nothing to say you can’t still rock your frames on the field. In sports such as tennis, golf and cycling, contact is unlikely. This means there is less chance of your glasses being damaged. Many frames are designed for daily low activity wear, so it’s a good idea to consult your optician on choosing frames that are more durable and suited to movement.
Your eyes are the most important element of your kit. If you regularly take part in contact sport, you may want to look at prescription sport glasses. There are a range of options available. Such as sports goggles, masks and glasses. All of which can be tinted for those hot or very cold active sunny days outside. After all, a better fit will save you a lot of game time.
The ultimate guide to driving after dusk
Wearing the correct eyewear is vital when using the roads. Whilst driving at night our sight conditions naturally change, our depth perception, ability to distinguish colour and peripheral vision all worsen in low light conditions. It is vital to consult an eye care professional about having the correct prescription.
If you wear glasses, the most important step to ensure the safest of journeys is to minimise risks.
Ensure that you always plan your journeys, there is nothing worse than being unsure of the road ahead, whether it is day or night. Knowing the route you are taking minimises the risks of driving at night and enables a more relaxing journey.
Where possible, always avoid dark or low lit roads and allow extra driving time to avoid running the risk of being late or speeding.
As we all know, tired eyes are highly dangerous whilst at the wheel. Ensure you take plenty of breaks, create the safest driving environment for yourself by ensuring all windows and mirrors are clean and clear and regularly renew your driving skills with a class. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Keep Your Car and Eyes in Good Repair
There is no point in regularly having your car checked, but not your eyes. Annual eye tests are important to keep the most essential element in check… you.
If you experience any sudden changes to your eyesight, issues or symptoms of sight threatening eye diseases then seek immediate care from an eye care professional.
If you wish to find out more, please contact one of our highly knowledgeable team members.