Digital eye strain (DES) or computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a growing problem your patients are facing on a daily basis. In the last decade, digital device use has skyrocketed thanks to the invention of smartphones. Everyone is almost always plugged in and using their devices more than ever.
Because this is still a relatively new problem, your patients need help to understand the symptoms that they have and find a solution to relieve the digital eye strain. They may not even realize why discomfort and symptoms are occurring. You have the opportunity to educate and help relieve their discomfort and be their eyecare hero.
The Digital Eye Strain Problem
Work and recreation revolve around digital devices. Many of your patients start their day using their smartphone before heading into work where they’ll spend the majority of their day in front of the digital screen. A recent study showed that 70% of participants used their devices at least 8 hours a day, if not far more, while only 3% used devices for less than 4 hours a day.
As you know, our eyes weren’t made for that much screen time and they get fatigued. Symptoms can present after only 1-2 hours of device use, the same study found. That means that most of us feel the impact of digital eye strain on a daily basis.
That’s where you come in.
How You Can Help Your Patients
Many of your patients may not realize their symptoms are DES/CVS related since many of the symptoms, such as itchy eyes, are easy to confuse with another cause, like allergies or dry eyes.
It’s important to educate your patients on the impact of digital eye strain and help them diagnose whether or not they are experiencing eye strain symptoms. You can suggest they don’t spend too much uninterrupted time in front of screens to help reduce symptoms, but they are going to need a modern and concrete solution.
The right solution can help you grow your practice and help relieve your patient’s symptoms.
Sync III Lenses
Sync III lenses are a modern solution designed to help relieve digital eye strain by reducing the amount of work your patient’s eyes have to do in a day. They include a slight boost zone that slightly changes lens power to relax fatigued eye muscles. They also provide the far prescription your patients need.
In fact, a recent study showed that 84% of participants using Hoya accommodative support lenses were satisfied in the support they provided with their digital eye strain symptoms.
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