Another Millennial Trend?April 28, 2017
By Hannah Erickson, Team Assistant
When I was younger, I always wanted glasses. I was so envious of my friends and family who had them that I insisted on going to get an eye exam more than I needed to just in case my prescription had changed. Over time, I’d like to think I got over this infatuation. Throughout my years of schooling, though, I began to notice a real impairment in my vision: I struggled with eye strain and blurred vision due to staring at a computer screen for extended periods of time. This actually warranted frequent visits to the optometrist, but each time I left with the same results as I did as a kid. My vision is strong enough without the assistance of prescription lenses.
I began considering some alternative options. Of course, the optometrist had left me with some suggestions, and I ended up purchasing a generic pair of readers from the drugstore. These helped me a lot during college and relieved a lot of strain during long hours typing papers and reading textbooks due to the added magnification in the lenses. The one downfall to wearing these was that they only allowed you to focus on items up close. Whenever I would look up from my screen or book, I would have to take the glasses off because my further surroundings were blurry.
After starting to work full-time, I noticed this problem resurfacing. After eight hours of working on my computer, I would leave work with a headache and tired eyes — and sometimes these symptoms would appear after just a couple of hours of being at work.
One day I was talking to a friend about the problem and how I was going to go in, yet again, to get an eye exam and see if there was some sort of prescription that would help relieve some of my stress. Conveniently, the next day, an advertisement for computer glasses appeared on her Facebook feed and she sent me over the link.
After doing some research on the brand, science and reviews of the product, I was sold. This type of glasses is typically nothing more than a pair of frames with an added blue-light filter in the non-prescription, glare-free lenses, but some also include a slight magnification. The blue light that comes from the screens on digital devices, has been shown to cause a certain type of eye strain from too much exposure. Additional side effects from this eye strain can include headaches, blurred vision and dryness, all of which I had been experiencing. In all, these lenses were built to block out much of that blue light that is radiated from digital devices to reduce these symptoms. In my research, I learned this not only has been affecting myself, but more than half of the country’s population, especially the millennial generation.
I began my research and ordered a pair of lenses from Felix Gray, though there are numerous companies who have joined in on the trend and sell similar products. I was excited to receive my glasses and enjoy relief from eyestrain. Initially, though, I was surprised at how much adjusting it took my eyes to feel comfortable wearing the lenses. I experienced more headaches and eye strain during this small period of adjustment. This, to me, proved that there was actually something different and powerful about these lenses. From there, my eyes adjusted and I would say I am content with the results. There never was this “AHA!” moment that I was expecting when using them, although looking back I have yet to experience any eye strain since I started wearing them daily.
Overall, I would recommend computer glasses to any working professional, especially those who tend to be zoned in and need to focus intently on their screens. In the end, there is truly not a negative aspect in trying a pair out and using them daily. The ability to focus on the screen clearly yet also have the freedom to continue wearing the glasses out and about without blurred vision has been a great relief. And I guess you could say it fulfills my childhood dream of always wanting to wear glasses.