Helping Patients Get Screen Smart

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.