How often do you think about your eyes? Honestly, we’re pretty bad about it, too. Our poor eyes often get taken for granted as we rush through the day. But our eyes are like any other part of our bodies. If we don’t take care of them, they can slip into poor shape!
This March, in honor of Workplace Wellness Month, we want to focus on eye care that anyone can act on. No matter where you work, it’s important to invest in protective eyewear that shields your eyes from the hazards of your workplace. For some people, this means goggles or heavy duty eyewear. But if you’re like us, and you work behind a computer all day, you need a different kind of protective gear for your eyes.
Why Do We Need Protective Eyewear At Work?
Using screens all day is surprisingly hard work. These days, many people report discomfort after using a screen for two hours or more, as a result of digital eye strain. The uncomfortable symptoms of digital eye strain can manifest as sore and irritated eyes, blurry vision, dry or watery eyes, or even as a headache.
And the numbers don’t lie – digital eye strain is a common problem:
- More than 83 percent of Americans report using digital devices for more than two hours per day
- 53.1 percent report using two digital devices simultaneously
- 60.5 percent report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain.
What Are My Protective Eyewear Options?
If you work with screens in any capacity, the best thing you can do for yourself is invest in special computer eyeglasses. Modern lenses can be made to reflect and filter portions of a screen’s blue light – and this helps to reduce digital eye strain by reducing the eyes’ direct exposure to this painful light source.
Worried about wearing computer eyeglasses? Don’t be! They’ve come a long way in the last few years. You won’t need to wear bulky, yellow-tinted eyewear to work comfortably. Modern glasses and lenses are made with your style and comfort in mind – allowing you to function as normally as possible while shielding your eyes from painful exposure to blue light.
Phonetic Eyewear’s line of computer eyeglasses is a great example of how computer eyewear is designed with your comfort and style in mind. The lenses we use at Phonetic Eyewear were designed to combat the effects of Digital Eye Strain and alleviate the symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome. Using a proprietary lens coating, we are able to reflect and absorb a portion of the potentially harmful blue light emitted from computers and other backlit devices. All of our glasses come standard with the blue light reflecting coating and a hard coat to deter scratching and fingerprint smudges.