Looking after our eyes in a digital age
Health, Fitness & Wellbeing

Looking after our eyes in a digital age
By Bruce Nicholls

Working as an optometrist, I have seen an increasing need for computer eyewear. Demanding office hours and technological advances have increased the amount of time spent in front of digital devices. But the daily grind is exhausting on more than just the mind; it also strains and fatigues our eyes.
The majority of adults use digital media four to six hours a day. For a good percentage of young adults the average usage is more than 12 hours a day.
Nicholls Optometrists now have a new prescription lens option designed to reduce digital eyestrain and relieve discomfort. We understand that technology is an important tool and digital habits aren’t likely to change anytime soon. What we can do, however, is learn how to safely use these devices while still protecting our eyes.


Symptoms of eyestrain include:

  1. Eye redness or irritation, usually as a result of staring at the bright backlight of screens for long periods of time
  2. Dry eyes caused by reduced blink rates
  3. Blurred vision from focusing fatigue
  4. Neck pain or headaches from poor screen positioning

“Eyezen” is a new lens design that will reduce eyestrain when using digital devices. They offer extra focusing assistance at near along with reducing our exposure to harmful blue light emitted by digital screens. Eyezen lenses replace ordinary prescription single vision lenses and can be used to assist people who generally do not need a prescription lens.
Search for us online and book in to see if this new technology can help you or someone in your family.

To book an appointment with any of the optometrists at Nicholls, call us on 479-2316 or contact us via the website
Nicholls & Associates Optometrists:
Corner of Clyde and Bute Roads in Browns Bay.

By Browns Bay Magazine

Channel Magazine: Issuu 66 June 2016

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