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Top 5 Myths About Contact Lenses

By Computer Vision Syndrome

There are plenty of benefits to having Contact lenses over prescribed glasses. However, due to concerns created around unproven rumors and myths, many people still choose glasses over contacts. 

Glasses are effective in providing you with solutions to your vision problems, but some things contact lenses do better. In sporting activities that require fast, dynamic movement, glasses can be hard to keep on your face. Glasses have frames or lenses that don’t give you a full field of vision, and contact lenses don’t fog up or get water on them when it rains. 

Contact lenses have revolutionized our ability to give a more natural feeling solution to many of our client’s vision issues, so why don’t more people wear them? To help understand the truth behind some of those detrimental myths, we’ve compiled a list of the most common among them. 

Myth #1: You’re Too Old To Wear Contacts

Contact lenses have a much broader range in age use than most people think. Not only are adults wearing them, but many teens and preteens have switched from glasses to contact lenses. So there is almost no age limit beyond the ability to take care of your contact lenses. 

Contacts now have the option for varifocal and bifocal lenses, which means that people with different prescriptions can wear them. So whether you’re reading or driving, contact lenses can help. 

Myth #2 Contact Lenses Are Too Expensive

When contact lenses first arrived, they were a costly investment, but that was four decades ago, and the evolution of the contact lens has made them less expensive today. You can now buy daily disposable pairs for under a dollar a day. 

It’s always a good idea to make sure that you’re ordering contact lenses to help you with any stress your vision may be causing you. So ensure that you’re ordering the correct prescription before you order them online, and make sure you’re ordering them from a reputable online seller. 

Myth #3 Contact Lenses Can Get Stuck Behind Your Eye

Whenever something new comes out, there is always some irrational fear that has no evidence to back it up. In this case, it’s the idea that a contact lens can get caught behind your eye. To put it bluntly, there is no physically possible way for a contact lens to move behind your eye. The shape of your eye and how your eyelids function ensure that nothing can move beyond the front of your eye. Can you imagine how much dust would be back there if this were possible? You’d have to do a spring cleaning of the back side of your eye every year. 

Myth #4 Contact Lenses Are Uncomfortable

Contact lenses may have been thick and clunky once upon a time, but years of research and development have made contact lenses virtually unnoticeable. Today’s contact lenses are thin and soft, and you’ll quickly forget they are there once they’re in your eye. 

For some people, the initial part of putting your contact lenses in may be a bit frustrating, but with guidance from your doctor and practice, the process will become more manageable and less burdensome. 

Myth #5 Contact Lenses Can Get Stuck To My Eye

Contact lenses enjoy moisture, so when your eye dries out, it may feel like it is beginning to adhere to your eye. That’s not the case, though. The lens is just drying out due to a lack of moisture. Simply apply a few rewetting drops to your eye, and the sensation will quickly disappear. 

Find The Perfect Contacts Today

Eyes of Lubbock is here for all your vision needs. Contact lenses help people with all sorts of vision problems get back to their daily lives by improving their ability to see what’s right in front of them. Call Eyes of Lubbock Today to see if contacts are right for you. 

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Computer Vision Syndrome – What Can You Do About Eye Strain?

By Computer Vision Syndrome

It’s easy to say that the average person spends more than twenty-five percent of their day in front of a screen. Whether it’s work, entertainment, or passive viewing, it’s hard to unplug ourselves from the digital world. As Americans, we average more than 7 hours a day looking at a screen. That’s just shy of a third of our entire day. With these impressive and slightly concerning numbers presented, it’s not hard to see how an issue resulting from prolonged exposure to digital surfaces might originate. 

What is Computer Vision Syndrome? 

Computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain refers to a condition in which vision problems and eye discomfort become apparent after staring at a screen for extended amounts of time. These problems can compound when paired with preexisting conditions such as farsightedness or astigmatism.

Although most of these issues are temporary and tend to resolve after a short absence of screen viewing, some symptoms may become recurring and even worsen over time. Computer vision syndrome symptoms include dry eyes, eyestrain, blurred vision, neck and shoulder pain, and headaches. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, setting your screen aside and focusing on something further away might be a good idea. The 20-20-20 rule is an excellent guideline when dealing with prolonged screen exposure. Take a break every 20 minutes to stare at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will allow your eyes to relax and take a break from the strain of staring at something close on a brightly illuminated screen. 

What Factors Contribute to Computer Vision Syndrome? 

From the symptoms above, you might be able to assess that your eyes may not be the only victims of CVS. Your screen is a primary contributor to the condition, but the screen itself is not the only cause. 

  • Where your computer screen is located can support or reduce the development of computer vision syndrome. An improperly placed screen can cause neck and shoulder pain to occur. Screens that are placed at a low level can also create eye fatigue. 
  • Poor lighting or overly bright screens can also create vision problems if your eyes are subjected to them for too long. 
  • The glare from outside light sources can make viewing things on a screen more difficult and cause eyestrain as your eyes focus on what’s on the screen while navigating around the glare. 
  • Inconsistent breaks from looking at the screen can cause eyestrain. Not allowing your eyes to refocus now and again can make eye fatigue set in. 
  • Although it might seem common sense, blinking is necessary when facing a screen for long periods. Blinking helps to moisturize your eyes, and not doing so will dry them out quickly. 

How can I prevent CSV? 

While some factors at work may be unavoidable, many of the significant variables that cause CSV can be neutralized by proactive responses. Simple steps can be taken to keep your vision strong and your body pain-free. 

Don’t Ignore Pre-Existing Conditions

Pre-existing vision problems can become more significant when ignored in front of a screen. If you have minor issues outside of work that don’t require corrective lenses, the use of corrective lenses inside the workplace should be considered. With so many other variables attacking the integrity of your vision for 8 hours of the day, that mild farsightedness might become more extreme.

That slight astigmatism might flare up into a more substantial impairment. We use our eyes a lot during the day, but what we ask our eyes to do during work hours is usually exponentially more than what we ask them to do outside work. Consider using corrective lenses to alleviate some of the strain on your vision.

Make Your Workspace Comfortable and Efficient

Low lights, screen tinting, indirect light, screen positioning, and body support throughout the day are all things we should think about when we work. The more comfortable our body is, and the more support it has, the less strain we will face at the end of the day. The same is true for our eyes. Low lights, indirect light, and screen tinting will help to reduce screen glare and allow your eyes to focus without the annoyance of glares on your screen. 

Take Frequent Breaks

When you’re working hard behind a screen, pulling yourself away for a moment may be hard to let your eyes readjust. While the effects of not allowing your eyes to refocus may not be apparent immediately, by the end of the day, your eyes will feel the strain. Adapting the 20-20-20 rule is an excellent first step to ensuring your eyes stay rested and focused. Getting up to adjust your posture and walking around will also help you overcome Computer Vision Syndrome. 

Get the Eye Care You Need from Eyes of Lubbock

When it comes to eye health throughout the workday and even in our leisure moments, being conscious of the amount of time we spend in front of a screen can go a long way in ensuring our eyes stay fit and healthy.

Suppose you’re having issues refocusing your eyes or experiencing symptoms of blurred vision due to fatigue at the end of the workday. In that case, an eye exam might be beneficial to rule out any other compounding ailments. Eyes of Lubbock is ready to help you get your eyesight back to normal. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!