There is no denial the modern generation is addicted to gadgets. Our phones, tablets, laptops, etc. consume more time than anything else. We realised that this digital overload is on a rise and so we got in touch with Mr. Ramachandran P, Group COO, Essilor India to share his words of advice for the modern gadget addicts. Here are some of the important questions he answered.
Which products (from Essilor) can help protect eyes from digital overload?
Mr. Ramachandran P Essilor has conducted extensive research to evaluate the impact of increased digital exposure on the eyes. Eyezen and Crizal Prevencia, the new products offered by the leading lens maker, are an outcome of this research and analysis. The new innovative spectacle lenses have been to meet the needs of the consumer in the digital age,they offer protection from blue light that is harmful to retinal cells and reduce visual strain arising out of multiple device usage.
Eyezen has been specially designed to offer protection from digital screens and provide more comfort to the eyes as they switch between multiple devices.
Eyezen lenses represent the latest in Essilor technological innovation. They come with twin functions of relaxing the eyes from digital eyestrain and protecting visual health over the long-term.
Crizal Prevencia is a result of an ambitious four-year research programme where blue light has clearly proven to cause harm to the eyes when exposed for long periods of time.Crizal Prevencia is the first preventive spectacle lens that selectively filters out harmful blue violet light that is harmful while letting in other frequencies of the light spectrum, which your body needs to function properly.
While we expect adults to be affected by digital overload, aren’t kids following the league?
An average person spends 7-8 hours daily usually switching between a phone screen and a laptop. Some might even have a tablet or a TV screen in addition to the above. They are being exposed to multiple light intensity, font sizes at different distances.
Doctors say increasing exposure to digital screens is leading to rising number of people reporting tired and weary eyes, headaches, blurred vision, itching and burning. The concern is particularly high in youngsters because they are the ones who are more active users of digital devices. Computer Vision Syndrome, which was considered an appropriate condition to describe the increasing stress on eyes and posture till recently, looks an obsolete term today given the rapid transition in technology that have added several new facets to visual eyestrain.
What steps should be taken for kids to avoid the harmful effects of digital overload?
Kids should ensure their digital devices are to be held at 1 arm distance at all times. It is also advisable to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Which implies that every 20min you look 20 feet away for 20 sec.
With increasing presence of multiple devices. This doesn’t just increase digital exposure of the eye, but adds extra pressure on the eyes as they continuously switch between devices and adapt their focus while sitting, standing and lying down. Kids may by playing playstation, at the same time checking on their smartphones as well they spend immense time on laptops for academic purpose. The cumulative stress on the eye today is therefore much more than it was five years back when smartphones and tablets were yet to become a norm, this has led us to introduce lenses such as Eyezen and Crizal Prevencia for use in spectacles, which clearly protects the eyes from harmful effects of digital overload.
Which kinds of lenses should professionals wear to protect eyes from visual fatigue?
Eyezen represents Essilor’s innovation, offering users the maximum protection and comfort. Eyezen is a lens specifically designed for the digital age.
Would like to share some additional tips for both adults and kids? / How often should adults take breaks from their computer/laptop screens?
Avoid carrying your smartphone to bed, Take frequent breaks from your computer. Try to reduce reflections in your surroundings by using window blinds, avoiding bright light sources in your room, and installing glare filters on your monitor screen. Reduce social media addiction. Use protective eyewear Innovative lenses like EyeZen and Crizal Prevencia from Essilor are specially designed to meet the changing needs of the day and helps protect from harmful bule light and UV rays.