The amount of time the average American spends on screens doesn’t seem to be slowing down or stopping any time soon. 90% of American adults use a digital device for 2+ hours a day, and 70% use 2 or more devices at a time. Society has become accustomed to screens, and many of us don’t consider what this artificial light source could be doing to our eyes, especially at such a short distance. Luckily, EyePromise® is thinking about that. Continue reading An Innovation in Nutritional Protection
Eye care professionals have recently seen an increase in reports of asthenopia, or tired eyes, potentially in association with the increase of digital device use. Many patients may not associate this symptom with increased device usage. An article written in Review of Optometry explains that there’s confusion around “tired eyes” and digital devices that can be shown in the number of different terms used to refer to it: eye strain, computer vision syndrome, and digital eye strain. Continue reading More Screen Time = Tired Eyes – But Patients May Not Know That
The use of devices like tablets and laptops in schools has been a hot topic in recent years. Some parents and schools believe integrating technology is essential to prepare children and teens for the future. Others feel that screen time should be limited in the classroom and worry about the effects on children. When one parent in Maryland saw this as a problem, she decided to take action. Continue reading One Parent Takes a Stand Against Screen Time
EyePromise® is proud of the hard work, dedication, and quality put into our products, but we’re also proud of the people who help add that quality to our business. Our Customer Support team not only sets us apart, but they do everything in their power to make sure our partners have the best experience possible. They are nothing short of amazing, and they touch nearly every aspect of our partnerships. Continue reading The Proof Is in the People
In recent years, there has been an increase in curiosity about where food/ingredients come from and the processes they go through. Americans are embracing organic products and trends like farm-to-table and clean eating, and they are thinking more about what they put in their bodies. This can mean taking a hard look at the natural and synthetic ingredients in their nutraceuticals, and optometrists may be surprised to learn that one important eye-healthy ingredient has a surprising amount of variation: zeaxanthin.
Taking on nutraceuticals in your practice can be daunting, but the breadth of benefits they can have for many populations allows for the opportunity to have the nutrition conversation with nearly all your patients. This post can give you the starting point to introduce nutraceuticals in your practice – regardless of average patient age. Continue reading Nutraceuticals: A Clear Opportunity for Eye Care Professionals
As an eye care professional, you may have heard more patients saying, “My eyes feel dry after I look at a screen for too long.” What do you say to these patients? Continue reading Dryness from Digital Screens: What Can You Do?
Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, FSLS, understands that digital devices and screen time aren’t going anywhere. As with posts one and two, she is still concerned with the effects that both kids and adults alike are experiencing due to hours spent staring at screens. That’s why she recommends EyePromise® Screen Shield™ Teen to both parents and practitioners who want to naturally defend children’s eyes from the effects of screen time. Continue reading A New Viewpoint: Dr. Sclafani’s Take on Screen Time – Part 3
Through years of practice and motherhood, Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, FSLS, has seen the impact that screen time can have on children. Though she recognizes that the amount of time spent with digital devices is unlikely to drop any time soon, she also knows that there are ways to help protect young eyes. Dr. Sclafani started talking about a solution for parents in the first post that offers protection through nutrition: EyePromise® Screen Shield™ Teen. Continue reading A New Viewpoint: Dr. Sclafani’s Take on Screen Time – Part 2
As a mom of a 16-year-old and at a practice with a heavy pediatric patient base, Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, FSLS, is on the front line of the screen time epidemic. She practiced for 24 years in a hospital setting at the University of Chicago, is a consultant for several companies, and now works in a private practice in downtown Chicago. In her busy schedule, she was able to find some time to discuss the screen time epidemic and her concerns about the effects it could have, specifically on children. This is the first post in the series. Continue reading A New Viewpoint: Dr. Sclafani’s Take on Screen Time – Part 1