March is Eye Care Wellness Month!

Taking care of your eyes is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body and your mind. Your eyes are a principal way you experience the world and it is crucial to maintain that pathway. Here at Pacific ClearVision Institute we encourage you to take a moment and seriously consider your work environment and the possible strain you may be putting your eyes through.

For a few years now there has been quite a bit of talk and information regarding blue blocking filters (BB filters) and their importance on reducing digital eye strain (DES) when working with electronic devices. The common thought process was that these filters would significantly reduce the amount of eye strain. Many businesses adopted this methodology in an attempt to help their employees protect their eyes.

Last month a study was released in the Journal of the American Academy of Optometry that demonstrated that this logic may not actually be as beneficial as once believed. The study, which may be found in full by clicking the link below concluded:

A filter that eliminated 99% of the emitted blue light was no more effective at reducing symptoms of DES than an equiluminant ND filter. There is little evidence at this time to support the use of BB filters to minimize near work–induced asthenopia.”

In light of this new information our friends at the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend the following more proven methods of reducing DES.

In addition, we would suggest you use a neural density filter where possible on your desktop computer and turn on your red filter on your smart phone or tablet at least two hours prior to going to sleep. As always, we encourage you to schedule regular eye exams. Not only will a yearly exam expose any potential eye issues that may have developed, which will catch them early enough for a quick response and easy care, but also an eye exam will check in on any potential eye strain.

To schedule a routine eye exam call your primary eye care provider today or schedule one with us today.

DES study

https://journals.lww.com/optvissci/Citation/2019/01000/Blue_blocking_Filters_and_Digital_Eyestrain.7.aspx

Recommendations to reduce eye strain by the AAO.

https://www.aao.org/newsroom/news-releases/detail/protect-your-eyes-from-too-much-screen-time

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