Are there contact lenses for computer use?

Eye strain from computer use is an ever-increasing problem. Are there contact lenses which can help minimize this effect?

Are there contact lenses for computer use? in Olympia

Using electronic devices for reading is not necessarily a bad thing. However, reading on screens for extended amounts of time can cause digital eye strain. Are there contact lenses designed specifically for people who spend lots of time in front of a screen?

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The effects of screen use on your eyes

According to the Vision Council, 80 percent of American adults use devices with screens for more than two hours daily, and are at high risk of developing eye strain.

Our digital world is filled with blue light, but 72% of our population is unaware of its dangers. Over time excessive exposure may increase the likelihood of eyestrain and macular degeneration. Blue light can be emitted from both natural and man-made sources.

Digital screens can emit blue light. These include laptops, smartphones, tablets, televisions, computers, and other electronic devices. It is also found in fluorescent and LED lighting.

It has been proven that certain eye discomforts and vision problems are related to the frequency, length of time, and ways you interact with digital screens. The amount of time you spend on digital devices (even your cell phone) directly correlates with your level of discomfort.

Contact Lenses For Computer Use

Now that we understand the problems that extended screen time can cause, are there ideal contact lens options to help prevent that?

Since one of the issues caused by screens is that we blink less often, contact lenses meant to keep your eyes moist, such as silicone hydrogel lenses, can help prevent them from drying out. They can also be supplemented by using rewetting drops as needed.

Lenses that are smoother, and have less friction while moving across the eye, will cause less irritation and help reduce the feeling of tired eyes after a long day of staring at screens.

More recently, some companies have started making contact lenses with computer users in mind. One such example is Biofinity Energys™ Contact Lenses with Digital Zone Optics™, made by CooperVision. These lenses have a specially designed curved surface to reduce eye strain, and also utilize technology to help the eyes retain moisture and not become dry, even if you aren’t blinking as often as you should.

Some new lenses are also designed specifically to filter out blue light, one of the potential causes of eye strain experienced while using electronic devices. They work in a similar way to photochromic lenses (which darken when exposed to sunlight), darkening when exposed to blue light and thus filtering out most UV and blue light before it reaches the eyes. (It should be noted, however, that while these lenses function in a similar manner to photochromic lenses, they are not replacements for actual sunglasses and should not be used as such.)

Contact Lenses For Computer Use
Contact Lenses For Computer Use

Contact Lenses For Computer Use

Even though specific contact lenses can reduce digital eye strain, you can minimize it by taking a few simple steps.

  • Ensure that your eye prescription is up-to-date. It is possible to reduce eye strain by wearing the right glasses.
  • Adjust the computer screen to the appropriate height. If you look slightly downward at the screen, your eyes will be more relaxed and less likely to get tired.
  • Place your computer screen approximately two feet away from you.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule- every 20 minutes look away from the computer for 20 seconds at something that is at least 20 feet away.
  • Blink more frequently and fully.
  • Make sure you stay hydrated to keep your eyes healthy.
Contact Lenses For Computer Use

Consult With a Professional

Contact lenses are medical devices, so you should not make a decision to buy any sort of contact lenses without first speaking with our eye doctor. They will be best able to recommend lenses for you, and can provide additional assistance if you are experiencing computer-related eye strain.

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Eye strain caused by heavy screen use is an increasingly common issue these days, but fortunately, solutions are out there. Lenses that can counteract the negative effects of screen use, or which can completely block the problematic blue light, are all potentially helpful options which your eye doctor can recommend for you.

If you have additional questions, or wish to schedule an appointment for an eye exam or contact lens exam and fitting, you can contact American Family Vision Clinic at (360) 491-2121.


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