Dr. A sat down with Ellen Bryan over at WUSA9 to chat about digital eye strain and how to find relief. The biggest takeaway – you may be experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain and not even know it.
If your eyes are feeling dry, scratchy (sandy) or tired at the end of the day it may be time to visit your eye care professional and talk about digital eye strain. There are so many easy fixes like protective lenses, lubricating drops, and simple tips like the 20/20/20 rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds).
Check out Dr. Adamopoulos on WUSA9 with Ellen Bryan below!
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The Vision Council released their 2016 report on digital eye strain today at CES in Las Vegas. The biggest standout in this year’s report focuses on adults (and kids too) using more than one digital device simultaneously – think smartphone, laptop, desktop, TV, the list goes on and on. The impact of using multiple devices simultaneously throughout the day means double the exposure to blue light and double the chances of developing digital eye strain.
Here are some fast facts pointed out in this year’s report:
– 76% of Americans look at their digital devices in the hour before going to sleep.
– Adults under 30 experience the highest rates of digital eye strain symptoms (73%) compared with other age groups.
– 41% of women report experiencing back pain or text neck symptoms compared to 30% of men.
– 77% of the individuals who suffer from digital eye strain use two or more devices simultaneously.
– 70% of women report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain and are more likely than men to simultaneously use multiple devices.
– 27% of Americans do not know computer eyewear can protect against digital eye strain.
And one of the most important facts that will hopefully encourage you to have a discussion with your doctor…
– 90% of patients do not talk with their eye care provider about digital device usage.
The good news is that there are quite a few solutions to digital eye strain, including special lenses create for computer use, eye drops to ease symptoms and more. The best place to start if you are struggling with symptoms of digital eye strain – schedule an exam with Dr. A or Dr. Pham. Click here to schedule an exam at one of our two locations, Hilltop & Del Ray.
Want to know more about digital eye strain, click here to read our resources.
The Vision Council released a report on digital eye strain at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.
Digital eye strain is caused by our increased use of digital devices and the exposure to blue light that is emitted by those devices. Digital eye strain is marked by symptoms including strained vision, blurry vision, dry eyes, red eyes, and neck, shoulder and back pain. Digital eye strain can be prevented and symptoms alleviated by the use of computer eyewear, including blue light blocking lenses and proper digital device eye-gonomics.
Below you’ll find the full report, but here we cover a few of the highlights and important takeaways.
Digital Eye Strain Report Quick Facts:
Nearly one-third of adults (30%) spend more than half their waking hours (9+) using a digital device.
72.5% of adults are unaware of the potential dangers of blue light to eyes.
TVs, smartphones & laptops make up the largest percentage of digital devices used.
The symptoms most commonly experienced as a result of digital eye strain are
- Eye strain, 32.8%
- Neck/shoulder/back pain, 32.6%
- Headache, 24%
- Blurred vision, 23.3%
- Dry eyes, 22.8%
Millenials & Gen-Xers are in the highest risk of over exposure category (With 37.4% and 32% spending 9 or more hours on digital devices a day respectively) , followed by boomers and kids.
Our eyes are exposed to various sources of blue light. emerging research suggests that this cumulative and constant exposure to blue light can damage retinal cells.vi this slow degradation could lead to long-term vision problems such as age-related macular degeneration (aMd) and cataracts.
Blue light-blocking lens materials such as blue attenuating anti-reflective lenses, or specialty filters, absorb specific wavelengths of high-energy blue light and limit penetration into the retina. If selecting blue light- blocking lenses, be aware that most varieties will distort color perception. These lenses can also help quell the effects of blue light on sleep.
Practicing proper eye-gonomics can help reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain.
It is important for consumers to be proactive about their vision health and to monitor if constant exposure to digital devices is impacting their eyes. While many individuals may be experiencing symptoms, they may not know there are products such as computer eyewear that can ease digital eye strain.
Click here to see the full report!
This week Dr. A is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with The Vision Council, speaking about digital eye strain and how to help prevent it. Watch the clip below to see The Today Show discuss!
Several months ago, The Vision Council released a report stating that nearly 70% of US adults experience digital eye strain while using digital devices like computers, tablets and smartphones.
Digital eye strain is defined as the physical discomfort experienced after two or more hours of staring at a screen. You might experience symptoms like dry, red or irritated eyes, blurred vision, fatigued eyes and back, neck or shoulder pain. You may also experience headaches. The symptoms of digital eye strain are not permanent and should dissipate after you discontinue use of digital devices. But, there could be long term damage as a result of digital eye strain.
The strain that focusing on mid-range digital screens causes our eyes tires the eye’s focusing system, causing possible long term damage. Another damaging element of digital eye strain and digital devices is the high-energy visible (HEV) or blue light emitted by these devices. Research suggests that overexposure to HEV light can damage the retina and increase the likelihood and severity of eye disorders like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts (source).
The Vision Council finds that six in 10 adults are unaware of the harmful consequences of HEV light – chances are you may be one of them. Here’s what you should know and how you can help reduce the likelihood of the long term damaging effects of digital eye strain;
1. The optical industry has developed several technologies that help address the causes of digital eye strain. Computer glasses are designed for the mid-distance range of computer screens, and they help bring digital content into focus. Computer glasses can be combined with special lens coatings and tints to help reduce screen glare and block out harmful HEV and blue-violet light.
2. Always be sure to use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
3. Be sure your workstation is optimized for your eyes with proper lighting, seat adjustments and monitor settings.
4. Enlarge your computer’s text, this can also be done on your smartphones and tablets. Enlarging the text helps to reduce strain.
5. This may be the simplest thing you can do – remember to blink. Staring at computer screens can dry your eyes. If you think you may be suffering from chronic dry eyes – schedule an appointment and we can help you.
If you spend a lot of your time behind the screen and find that you are suffering from the symptoms of digital eye strain, stop in and let Dr. A discuss options for how to help you. There are a wide range of options including computer glasses.
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Source: The Vision Council
Dr. A is just back from her fun, informative and exciting trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Digital Health Summit. And wow – did she see some awesome new tech and share lots of information with attendees about digital eye strain and the effects of using digital devices on our eye health. Below she shares her perspective on the experience.
“When I first arrived at the CES conference, I didn’t quite know what to expect. In my mind, I thought I would only see a roomful of new HDTV’s, smart phones, and audio equipment. I thought, what roll/impact will I have via The Vision Council at the Digital Health Summit that I will be attending?”, said Dr. A.
“This role became immediately evident the moment I stepped into the convention center. All around me, the very latest in health, fitness, wearable fit bands and new apps and devices that will allow people to be more proactive in maintaining and tracking their overall health.,” said Dr. A.
Dr. A participated in the CES and the Digital Health Summit with The Vision Council to promote eye-healthy use of digital devices and how to prevent and protect eyes from digital eye strain.
At The Vision Council booth, developers, engineers, and regular consumers were very interested to hear about how digital eye strain affects our everyday lives (including Survivor contestants and winner Tyson Apostol & Rachel Foulger). We demonstrated the innovative lens technology that is available with and without a prescription to help alleviate eye strain from looking at digital devices. The Vision Council released a report about digital eye strain, and found that we look at our digital devices more than 100x a day – this includes smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. These digital devices emit a blue light that can be damaging to our eyes as well as cause many other serious health concerns – including interrupted sleep.
The Digital Health Summit held a fireside chat, moderated by Lygeia Ricciadi, where Dr. A was a panelist. Many topics that connect our digital world to our health were discussed. Wearable health and wellness tracking devices were a topic of interest as well as the harmful blue light emissions from digital devices. See a recap of Dr. A’s fireside chat below.
Dr. A also got the opportunity to demo and try many of the new tech on display at the CES. Below is a rundown of her favorites and what they offer.
Dr. A’s Tech Picks CES 2015:
1. JINS MEME – Dr. A demoed this eyewear that tracks eye movements, blinking and more.
2. eyeSight – Dr. A demoed a touch-free interface that controls any screen with your fingers by using any camera on any device compatible with their software. Amazing!
3. Brothers Sewing – Automated sewing technology that will change how we use sewing machines.
4. Tobii Eye Experience – This technology uses your eye movements to scroll and click instead of a mouse. Dr. A was able to find Del Ray on Google Maps using just her eyes.
5. Rochester Optical 3D – These 3D and virtual reality glasses augment reality for patients suffering from vision-related medical conditions including macular degeneration.
6. Wonderwoof – Super adorable smart bow ties that track the health of your pet – from whether they have eat and drank to if they are stressed.
7. 3D Printing – Dr. A got to experience 3D printing in action – someday we may be able to 3D print a custom pair of frames for you!
8. Wearable Wellness Tracking – Wearables were everywhere – especially bands. These bands track everything from steps taken to heart rate and fitness information. Drawing the connection between these bands and health care professionals was a big topic of conversation at the Digital Health Summit.
9. SmartMat – The first interactive yoga mat that provides feedback and helps users to perfect their poses.
And a few more awesome tech ideas like interactive home tech (control the dishwasher from work!), curved TV screens to allow for a more enhanced visual experience, interactive 3D eyewear that allows you to read text and shift your gaze within the screen to view a 3D graphic like maps of what you’ve read (a great educational tool), and robotics – from cleaning your house to acting as your personal nurse aid – robotics were everywhere in all sizes!
“All in all, as an eye care provider I have an important role to play keeping my patients’ eyes and vision healthy. By utilizing the latest emerging technologies in health and wellness, I am able to be an active participant in my patients’ health. This technology enhances the open dialog with my patients about their personalized health plans and keeps me engaged with their concerns and questions about keeping themselves healthy,” said Dr. Dora.
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With back to school on all of our brains, now is great time to talk kids and digital devices. As parents, we all try to limit our child’s time using digital devices like computers, tablets and smartphones. But sometimes time adds up quickly and kids end up spending more time than we think on their devices.
In a recent poll conducted by the American Optometric Association, 83% percent of kids said that they use their device more than 3 hours a day – compared to only 40% of parents polled who said their children use their digital devices more than 3 hours a day. What does this mean? Kids use their devices more than parents think!
Eighty percent of kids said they experience burning, itchy or tired eyes after using their devices for long periods of time.
So, how to prevent this? Make sure your kiddos use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives the eyes a break and helps to prevent strain.
Check out the infographic above, created by the American Optometric Association.
Dr. A was recently featured in 20/20 Magazine, an optical industry publication. We wanted to share a small blurb from her feature article, as it has important information about how to be screen smart and protect your eyes from our ever-increasing use of digital devices.
EYE TO I-PHONE (Original article here)
“Dora Adamopoulos, OD, owner-practitioner of Eye2Eye Optometry Corner in Alexandria, Va., is a proponent of digital eye strain treatment and education. In recent years and months, she has served as a consultant to The Vision Council, helping produce its 2015 digital eye strain report, “Hindsight is 20/20/20: Protect Yourself from Digital Devices,” and she regularly blogs about the topic on her practice website, myeye2eye.com.
“We need to remember patients in their 50s and older are also using devices,” says Adamopoulos. And she’s not speculating—according to The Vision Council report, nearly 64 percent of adults in their 50s report digital eye strain symptoms, and 37 percent of adults 60-plus spend five or more hours on digital devices daily. “We’re making sure we are addressing retired folks as well,” she says. “Probing a little bit allows us to give them a lot of options they didn’t know existed.”
These options include single vision, high-fitting bifocal, occupational, progressive and computer progressive lenses, with treatments and filters including anti-reflective coating (to reduce blue light reflection), amber/yellow filters (to minimize harmful blue and violet light emitted from digital devices), and HEV filters and coatings (designed to block out high-energy visible or blue light).
In addition to wearing and displaying blue light reflecting and filtering lenses, Adamopoulos performs in-office demos in the exam lane, where she sits patients down at a desk with a computer to simulate their work environment. While they are seated, she might turn on fluorescent lights or instruct them to take out their tablet or smartphone. “Don’t just tell them, show them,” she says. “It’s almost common sense.”
Adamopoulos also suggests sharing tips outside of appropriate lenswear, such as gradually decreasing screen brightness over the course of the day.
“If a major company is doing that, you as the practitioner should be up on it,” Adamopoulos says. “I don’t want patients to see that and say, ‘I didn’t know that,’ or ‘my doctor didn’t tell me that.’” – See more at: http://www.2020mag.com/l-and-t/59735#sthash.KrAlDzkw.dpuf”
Want to learn more about digital devices & how to protect your eyes? Schedule an appointment and let Dr. A walk you through it.
Dr. Adamopoulos spoke with the Washington Post recently about digital eye strain and the effects of digital devices. The piece came out in WaPo today, on the heels of the Vision Council’s new report about digital eye strain released last week at CES in Las Vegas (click here to see what’s in the report).
Here’s a few excerpts from the Washington Post article, click here to read the whole thing.
“Dora Adamopoulos, a medical adviser to the Vision Council and an optometrist at Eye2Eye Optometry Corner in Alexandria, Va., said in an interview that more and more young people have been coming in to her practice in recent years complaining that their eyes are tired, red, burning or feel as though they have sand in them.
“I’m getting the millennials coming in feeling symptoms you used to feel in your early 40s,” she said. Often, all they need is to reduce their use of the devices, take frequent breaks and maybe get filtering lenses.”
Adamopoulos said she was “really surprised” by just how much time people are spending on screens these days.
“When you really look at some of the data, children especially, and the length of time [they are] spending — and on not just one device but multiple devices — it’s astounding,” she said. In the report, many parents said they allow their children to use devices for three or more hours a day.
Want to learn more about digital eye strain? See everything we’ve published on the topic here. Concerned you may be suffering from symptoms of digital eye strain? Make an appointment at one of our two locations and let’s talk.
March is National Save Your Vision Month. Sponsored by Optometry Cares, a foundation run by the American Optometric Association.
In honor of this month dedicated to raising awareness about how to practice healthy vision habits – we thought we would roundup some our best advice from Dr. A to help you maintain healthy vision through all stages of life.
1. InfantSee – This program at eye2eye provides free vision screenings for infants. Learn more about what to look out for in each month of your child’s first year of life regarding vision development, click here to see more.
2. Kids’ Vision & Better Grades – In this blog post, we discuss what to look out for with your child’s vision once they reach school age, when to schedule their first full eye exam and more.
3. Sun Safety Tips for Kids & Teens – In this blog post, you’ll learn how to protect your child’s eyes from UV damage. Also check out this post about how to select the best pair of sunglasses for your child.
4. UV Damage in the Winter Months – This post delves into the risks of not using proper UV protection in the winter months, as well as why its just as important to rock shades in the winter as it is the summer.
5. Family History & Preventative Care – Learn about why it’s important to know your family history as it relates to vision health.
6. Five Easy Steps to Healthier Vision – Need a quick go-to guide for easy ways to support healthy vision? This post has 5 easy tips.
7. Summer Safety Tips – Learn about UV protection in the summer months and why it’s so important to have a good pair of sunglasses.
8. Eat For Eye Health – This post covers delicious ways to support eye health – eye-friendly foods!
9. Ease Dry Eyes – Dry eyes can be uncomfortable & lead to vision issues, learn how to ease them here.
10. Glaucoma Risk – Learn if you are in a high risk category for glaucoma.
11. A 21st Century Issue: Digital Eye Strain – With the mobile technology becoming an ever-increasing part of our lives, risks to your vision and overall health are posed. Learn about digital eye strain in this post as well as this one.
12. Computer Glasses – Protect your eyes while logging hours in front of your computer.
13. What’s in an Eye Exam? – This post is possibly the most important of all – learn what goes into a comprehensive eye exam and why they are crucial to healthy vision.
14. Macular Degeneration Testing – We now offer cutting edge testing that allows us to establish your baseline risk for macular degeneration. Learn more here.
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