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Here at Visual Q Eyecare in South Yarra we are proud to announce an important new arrival in optometry technology, a glasses coating called ‘Blue Control’. In our modern world filled with digital devices, some of which we look at for many hours each day, we are now experiencing the result of prolonged exposure to high energy visible light, or ‘blue light’ as it’s commonly known. LCD and LED screens emit blue light, and since their integration into contemporary society, optometrists are experiencing a growth in concerns about red and irritated eyes, dry eyes, tired eyes, and even blurred vision as a result of using these devices at work, for communication, or at play.
Blue light can cause eyestrain and eye fatigue, and as new computer, tablet, and smartphone screens increase in quality, so too do they emit even more blue light. As young people, we have flexible eye muscles, so even if our eyes are only functioning at 70% due to eyestrain, our sight still seems to function fairly well. However, if your eyes normally only see at 70% when compared to people with standard vision, the drop down to 40% caused by eye fatigue may result in your eyes no longer feeling comfortable. It all depends on how flexible your eye muscles are.
Glasses lenses with the new Blue Control coating have been reported to result in vision being clearer, so tasks such as reading become much more comfortable. This effect varies from person to person, but patients at Visual Q Eyecare have already mentioned a decrease in eyestrain and fatigue, a reduction in glare resulting in more comfortable and relaxed vision, and even better contrast perception, meaning a more natural experience when viewing colours. It has not been uncommon to hear people say, ‘My sight is clearer!’ and ‘It’s easier to read’, or ‘My eyes are more comfortable.’
I’m sure you understand our environment these days is rapidly changing, and if you’re affected by eye fatigue due to excessive exposure to blue light, we believe you don’t have to put up with it anymore. Over half of our patients who complained of experiencing symptoms of eye muscle fatigue have told us they see and feel a difference after using Blue Control lenses in their glasses.
When looking at Blue Control lenses, there is a slight yellow tinge on the lens, but it’s not noticeable by other people when you’re wearing them. We believe the relief from eyestrain far outweighs any issue you might have with the slight colouring. Blue Control lenses cut out 98% of harmful blue light, so it also helps people who experience eyestrain when located beneath fluorescent or LED down lights.
Using Blue Control lens coatings is done on a case-by-case basis; it cannot be used on all lens types. There is also no guarantee it will help everyone, but you should really check it out if you are living a life using a lot of digital devices and are susceptible to eyestrain. Blue Control can be added as an upgrade to your lenses, and it comes together with Visual Q Eyecare’s standard 1 to 10 layers of scratch resistance, anti-reflection, UV protection, and smudge-free coatings. Whether you’re working on a computer all day, a student, a gamer, or just someone who’s almost always ‘connected’ via his or her internet-connected device, if you’re consistently in contact with digital screens throughout the day, the Blue Control lens coating could be the answer to your eye fatigue problem. It should also be noted Blue Control is only one of many new optometry technologies released at Visual Q Eyecare in recent years. Come in for an eye test, and we’ll see how we can help you.