While I waited in the lobby, answering email from my phone, my doctor saw me working. We started chatting about the impact of digital device use on your eyes and the impact of multiple screens on a daily basis. Our eyes today sometimes have a difficult time compensating for the higher demands of focus, especially when adjusting for backlit screens of digital devices. And apparently when we’re engrossed in screen views we blink less, which causes increased eye fatigue. Fun fact: We blink to relax our eyes. When we look at a distance, our eyes blink about 18 times a minute in contrast to blinking just 6 times a minute when viewing handheld devices. Less blinking means less rest for the weary eyes.
Instead of batting my lashes constantly as I work, I instead accepted her offer to be a guinea pig and test out a new lens designed specifically for people like me, who are always connected by device. One month into the test trial and I have to say I’m impressed. I don’t have the irritation… I don’t have to rest my eyes when I get home from the office… and the best part is that I know where my glasses are – on my face – no matter what I’m doing (except for photo sessions, of course). With a tilt of the head, the lenses adapt to the screen environment of the moment. Pretty cool.
While others have shared insights on medical advancements to enhance our digital lifestyles, having something as simple as eyeglasses that adjust to the screen you’re using (or not using) seems to be the right idea at the right moment. Now back to work.