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How can you protect your vision against the harmful effects of blue light exposure?


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How can you protect your vision against the harmful effects of blue light exposure?


The use of protective eyewear can play an important role in shielding your eyes against the effects of blue light.

Protective Eye Wear for Indoors

For indoors, in low light or at night, protective ophthalmic lenses with a special coating designed to reflect and cut high energy blue light penetration are available. This type of lens coating is referred to as a blue light filter coating.  Thanks to blue light filter coatings, the harmful portion of blue light is cut while allowing the good portion of blue light to pass through.  You can actually see the protection at work as blue light is being reflected off the lens.  Due to the reduced amount of blue light entering the eyes, contrasts are improved by reducing screen brightness, flickering and eye fatigue to provide a strain-free visual experience while providing the most complete protection. 

Tinted lenses are another option to help reduce both harsh office lighting and balance colors since they help filter out harmful blue and violet light emitted by many digital devices.

After wearing a lens treated with a blue-light filter coating, subjects with symptoms of eyestrain due to prolonged computer exposure felt a significant improvement of the following symptoms: dry eyes, sticky eyes, and the feeling of grittiness or "sand" in the eye.

After wearing a lens treated with a blue-light filter coating, subjects with symptoms of eyestrain due to prolonged computer exposure felt a significant improvement of the following symptoms: dry eyes, sticky eyes, and the feeling of grittiness or "sand" in the eye.

A newly conducted study by École d’Optométrie from the University of Montreal found that:

  • Wearing a lens treated with a blue-light filter coating helped reduce symptoms of eyestrain by half during prolonged computer exposure. 2.42 symptoms before versus 1.47 symptoms with blue coating (p=0.04).
  • After wearing a lens treated with a blue-light filter coating, subjects with symptoms of eyestrain due to prolonged computer exposure felt a significant improvement of the following symptoms: dry eyes, sticky eyes, and the feeling of grittiness or "sand" in the eye.
  • They also reported a trend of the overall vision and improved visual performances in situations of low contrast.

Protective Eye Wear for Outdoors

Sunglasses, which are specially tinted or polarized to absorb the HEV blue rays, are perfect for outdoors during the day.

The best resource is to ask your eye care professional.  He or she will be happy to answer all questions and concerns and ensure the maximum UV and blue light protection possible based on your individual needs.

Dr. Marjorie Hogan, a pediatrician who helped write the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on kids' screen time. She recommends that parents should ban TVs and computers from their kids' bedrooms. That's, in part, so they can monitor what kids are doing online. But it's also to ensure that screen time is not getting in the way of sleep time.

"Research is showing that screen use at night really disrupts sleep,"  Dr. Hogan said. "And it is absolutely key that kids, including teenagers, get enough sleep."

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Useful Tips to Relieve Digital Eyestrain Caused by Digital Devices


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Useful Tips to Relieve Digital Eyestrain Caused by Digital Devices


As technology continues to evolve, the odds are that tablets will get event more convenient; phones will have more apps; and new digital devices will be invented, ensuring that our eyes will spend even more time staring at screens for work, school and play.  The Vision Council's 2012 & 2013 report on digital eyestrain recommends these tips for safer screen viewing:

Reduce Glare

Adjust the brightness of your screen by checking the device's control setting. Consider changing your background colour from bright white to cool gray.  Glare reduction filters for computer screens are also available.

Clean Your Screen

A dust-free, smudge-free screen helps reduce glare.

Dim Surrounding Lights

Reduce the amount of light competing with your screen.  Dim indoor lighting and when outside try to avoid using your device in direct sunlight.

Adjust Your Screen

No matter the type of device, digital screens should always be directly in front of your faces, and slightly below eye level. Keep handheld devices a safe distance from your eyes and just below eye level.

Increase Text Size

Try increasing text size to better help define screen content and to make reading more comfortable for your eyes.

The majority of adults experience digital eye strain between 3 and 9 p.m. During this time, the eyes are already fatigued from hours of screen viewing and must work extra hard to focus on new stimuli.

The majority of adults experience digital eye strain between 3 and 9 p.m. During this time, the eyes are already fatigued from hours of screen viewing and must work extra hard to focus on new stimuli.

Blink More Often

Remind yourself to blink more often. Staring at a digital screen can affect the number of times you blink, causing eyes to dry.

Take a 20-20-20 Break

Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

Limit the Amount of Screen Time

Consider limiting the amount of time spent on a digital device. Spending just two consecutive hours looking at a digital screen can cause eyestrain and fatigue. Parents should supervise and limit the amount of screen time their children are permitted, and reduce the amount of their own screen time around the children to set a good example.

Wear Computer Glasses

Computer glasses help the eye adjust to intermediate-distance objects such as computer screens and help to reduce the effects of eyestrain.

 

No matter your age, limiting your exposure to blue light and protecting your eyesight will ensure that you enjoy many more years of vision health.

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We need to develop healthy eye habits


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We need to develop healthy eye habits


We need to learn how to interact safely with this technology.

We remind users to be mindful when using digital devices. Take frequent breaks, move away from the screen and wear computer glasses while on a device for two or more hours.

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Blue Light Exposed Sponsors


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Blue Light Exposed Sponsors


 



Blue Light Exposed awareness campaign is sponsored by:


Essilor Canada

Innovative products, years of expertise and a Canada-wide distribution network are the assets that make Essilor Canada a reference in the corrective lenses industry.

Essilor has been present in Canada since it created its Montreal branch in 1972.

Today, Essilor offers a personalized hi-tech service to Canadian eyecare professionals from coast to coast thanks to its 40 local full-service optical laboratories, 3 laboratories with digital surfacing capacity in Canada, 4 coating facilities and over 1000 employees.

Along with the company's global mission, Essilor Canada's mission is to:

  • Correct the vision of all those who require it
  • Improve ocular comfort and lens performance by offering value added products to all wearers: always lighter, thinner and clearer lenses.

This is possible due to:

  • Close proximity to the clientele, for improved quality of service
  • Constant innovations, for improved performance in products and customer service
  • Major industrial investments, for higher performance products and superior service

Nikon Optical Canada

Nikon, whose name is synonymous with "the world finest lenses", has been providing millions of people across the world and beyond, with a sharper point of view through the most trusted and sought-after optical products.

Most renowned for being at the cutting edge of photographic technology, Nikon applied this same expertise to eyeglass lenses. By literally mimicking the workings of the human eye, Nikon affords every wearer unparalleled comfort and performance.

Backed by the strength of their global network and unsurpassed R&D, Nikon Optical Canada Inc., (NOCI), has been manufacturing and selling ophthalmic lenses to Eye Care Professionals in Canada for more than 25 years and is a top player on the market.

With proven optical design prowess and the finest materials and coatings in the world, Nikon has earned the status of an iconic brand. In fact, the quality of its products has received praise amongst consumers while setting the very standards recognized and adopted by industry specialists themselves.

From single vision to progressive lenses, whatever your visual needs, expect Nikon lenses to deliver:

  • Unparalled quality, performance & durability
  • The latest in optical innovations
  • The closest thing to natural vision

Shamir

Shamir Insight, Inc., is a fully owned subsidiary of Shamir Optical Industry, Ltd., an Israel-based company, which is engaged in the development, design and manufacture of premium progressive lenses and molds for the ophthalmic industry. Serving as the Sales & Marketing center for the USA, Canada, Central/South America and Mexico, Shamir Insight specializes in the marketing of premium progressive lenses under product brand names such as Shamir Autograph II®, Shamir Creation®, Shamir Piccolo®, Shamir Attitude®, Shamir Genesis™ and Shamir Office™, the industry’s leading occupational lens.

Exclusively designed with proprietary, patented EyePoint Technology®, a groundbreaking software program that utilizes ray-tracing to compute optical properties and simulate human vision, this extensive product line is distributed through a network of over 300 Shamir ReCreating Perfect Vision® partnering optical laboratories.

Shamir Insight employs a large national sales force of Account Executives, many of whom are ABO-accredited educators who speak on a variety of optical topics to Eye Care Professionals.

Shamir Insight is a member of Vision Council of America (VCA) and the Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) and supports VCA’s Check Yearly See Clearly®program. The company was established in 1997 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.