In recent years there has been a shift in the way we use our vision. Instead of using our eyes to see most things at distance, we spend most of the day viewing objects that are within arms reach. These items include the computer, television, cell phone, PDAs, even books are now available in digital format. Both the real world and written word have now been replaced by a constant barrage of illuminated, digital pixels. This new visual environment commonly induces visual fatigue.
Users of digital media may experience eyestrain, blurred vision, tired eyes, dry eyes, neck and back pain. Even those who can see 20/20 and those who do not normally wear glasses may experience visual fatigue. Studies have shown us that 83 percent of all individuals experience one or more symptoms of Visual Fatigue Syndrome.
Unfortunately most of those affected by visual fatigue are not getting the help they need. The reason is poor education. Most people do not understand why they are experiencing problems and, in many cases, eye doctors are not properly trained to recognize the symptoms of visual fatigue. Even when an eye doctor is well informed, he or she may lack the proper tools necessary to help patients combat symptoms.
The eye doctors at Iowa EyeCare can teach you about proper monitor heights, angles, and distances, as well as other tips regarding visual media. We also use various lenses and lens designs to enhance your experience with digital media and reduce visual fatigue.
The Essilor Anti-Fatigue lens may be prescribed for anyone who uses digital media. These lenses may be used in both children and adults and can even be used over contact lenses. Our patients tell us that the Essilor Anti-Fatigue lens makes things seem brighter and reduces visual discomfort.
For those who currently need extra help up close in the form of a lined or progressive bifocal lens, our eye doctors may prescribe the Essilor Computer lenses to increase their overall computer experience. The Essilor Computer lens is specifically designed to maximize the intermediate range of vision, while maintaining some areas for both near and distance.
Contact us today to schedule an examination with one of our eye doctors. Iowa EyeCare has locations in Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Robins, Iowa.