Improving Digital Wellness with Blue Light-Blocking Varifocal Lenses

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Improving Digital Wellness with Blue Light-Blocking Varifocal Lenses

By Kushla Brewster
Reviewed by Maria Horan
Maria Horan

Reviewed by

Maria Horan
Holding a BSc Honours in Ophthalmic Dispensing awarded at Anglia Ruskin University, Maria has over 17 years of optical experience.
See clearly at every distance and maintain your eye health with blue light-blocking progressive lenses.
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Disclaimer: Although many wearers of blue light glasses report positive effects, scientific studies are yet to show findings that correspond to these claims. 

The first thing that pops into your head if someone mentions “looking after yourself” is probably eating well, exercising, or maintaining a healthy social life.

These are all important, of course, but nowadays, looking after yourself goes beyond these traditional pillars. 

With technology and screen time dominating our waking hours, digital wellness is a topic that comes up more and more, and having the right eyewear can help keep yours in check. 

What are blue light-blocking varifocal lenses?

These varifocal glasses have a blue light-blocking coating and three different prescriptions within them for your near, intermediate and distance vision. 

The three prescriptions allow you to see at each of these distances without having to change your glasses, while the coating protects your eyes from blue light emitted from screens. 

Screens, as well as the sun, are a source of blue light. This light isn’t bad for us in small doses, but in this day and age, we rely on screens so heavily that the amount of exposure to blue light is no longer ideal. 

If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen or your phone, for example, then having one pair of glasses that can switch between distances and simultaneously protects your eyes will be beneficial – for your vision and the convenience.

Extended exposure can cause eye strain, discomfort and various other issues. However, it’s possible to add a blue light filter to any pair of glasses, including your varifocals. 

two men wearing glasses working on their laptops
DID YOU KNOW?

Blue light can also be good for us and our brains so we shouldn’t fully block it out. The right amount can improve memory, cognition and elevate your mood, especially for those who live in countries with shorter winter days or long periods without daylight.

Why should I add this lens coating to my varifocals?

Having blue light varifocal lenses is suitable for anyone who spends time in front of a screen or outdoors in the sun. 

You can wear these when you’re doing computer work, scrolling through your phone or watching television

Adding this lens coating to your prescription glasses poses no adverse effects to your vision, so you can leave them on all day to complete your daily tasks, even when you’re not in front of a screen.

Apart from preventing eye strain, there are other benefits regarding wellness that blue light lenses provide.

Relieve digital eye strain

Varifocal glasses with blue light-filtering may relieve digital eye strain which will help you to feel better in more ways than one. 

Digital eye strain can cause headaches, neck, back and shoulder pain and dry eyes. 

Not only does relieving eye strain minimise these symptoms, but it can result in better concentration too. 

Better sleep and mental health

Blue light has a major impact on our circadian rhythm. 

Circadian rhythms are 24 hour internal clocks within our bodies that help us to function. The circadian rhythm affected by blue light is the sleep-wake cycle. 

Exposure to too much of this light can interrupt the sleep-wake cycle, as it signals to your body to be awake and alert. 

Just like darkness signals relaxation and sleep. Too much may suppress the melatonin which will keep you up at night. 

Poor sleep hygiene will not only leave you feeling tired and sluggish, but it can contribute to depression and anxiety and affects your hormone regulation. 

Due to work, social media, your favourite Netflix series, etc. it can be difficult to minimise your screen time. 

But by adding a blue light- filter to your lenses, you may be able to reduce the amount of blue light that your eyes take in which could improve your sleep. 

Improving your sleep pattern will not only have you ready to take on the day, but the regulation of your hormones could help your mental health too.

infographic of benefits of blue light varifocal lenses

Higher productivity

Another benefit to sorting out your sleep-wake cycle by reducing the effects of blue light is higher alertness and productivity. 

This can do wonders for many reasons. 

Not only will you perform better at work as you’re able to concentrate (with less eye strain, might we add) but having better productivity at work can positively impact your self-esteem, confidence and your work-life balance. 

Improving your digital wellness with a pair of blue light lenses can benefit your physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Extra tips for improving digital wellness

Apart from varifocal lenses with blue light-filtering, here are some extra steps you can take to provide visual comfort, mental clarity and better physical health, when being exposed to screens!

  • 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from your screen and focus on something 20 feet away. 
  • Avoid screen time 1-2 hours before bed to wind down. 
  • Regular trips to the eye doctor to keep your progressive prescription up to date so you’re always able to see clearly at each distance. This should generally be every 2 years, but can vary depending on your age and eye health history.
  • Use eye drops if you’re experiencing dry eyes from staring at your screen
  • Daily exercise for health, hormone regulation and a digital break!

If you’re still curious about whether you should add this to your varifocal glasses, or you simply want to know more about blue light or your lenses, don’t hesitate to reach out through our ‘ask our optician’ feature. 

Alternatively, you can explore more at our Optical Centre and Lens Hub. 

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Red Carpet-Worthy Eyewear for Award Season

Red Carpet-Worthy Eyewear for Award Season

Firstly we want to thank the academy… just kidding, it’s not that kind of speech, but with that, we’re sure you know what time it is? 

Every fresh start to the year means a new awards season, and with it, a fresh wave of fashion trends being flaunted by your favourite celebrities. 

Glitz, glamour and golden statues are the talk of the town, but eyewear as the hottest accessory of 2024 takes centre stage. 

From the Oscars to the Golden Globes to the Grammys, one thing is crystal clear: glasses aren’t just functional necessities – they’re classy fashion accessories. 

This year, eyewear has definitely solidified its status as a sophisticated addition to any ensemble, whether they’re prescription lenses or solely for fashion. 

From sleek silhouettes to bold, oversized frames, stylish eyewear is all over the red carpets. 

Sleek chic

An exciting eyewear trend to hit the red carpet this year are sleek, metal frames coming in oval, round or rectangle shapes. 

These trendy glasses, made famous by the celebrities of the 2000s, have made a well-deserved return. 

A timelessly elegant staple, their delicate design and understated allure elevate any glamorous look without overpowering it. 

Because of this, these metal frames can complement any colour or silhouette. 

As a quintessential accessory for Hollywood’s elite, with a pair of these, you exude an undeniable elegance worthy of any red carpet appearance. 

a woman wearing round metal eyeglasses

Quiet luxury

We can’t talk about 2024 fashion trends without mentioning ‘quiet luxury’ – a style that’s taken over social media, the runways and red carpets. 

Quiet luxury is louder than ever; it celebrates minimalism and refined basics. So, what’s the secret to quiet luxury eyewear? 

The pivotal eyewear style that is all over awards show fashion is none other than blacked out sunglasses. Especially those of cat-eye, rectangle or oval shapes. 

These iconic frames embrace the effortless. Matching almost every colour palette, they add a sophisticated allure to any glamorous occasion. 

It’s fitting that an homage to Old Hollywood has made its way back to Hollywood with a contemporary flair. 

Contemporary classic

Now, a special shoutout to all the men out there because they’re rocking the stylish eyewear left, right and centre. 

You’re going to see trendy glasses completing so many male looks on the red carpet this year because they’re the perfect accessory. The shape of the moment being a classic square frame

There are a few ways that celebs are sporting the squares right now. An exciting design that elevates a classic suit is a pair of two-toned frames

A fusion of retro and modern style, they accentuates the wearer’s browline and can come in a range of colours to suit every occasion. 

Black acetate eyeglasses and sunglasses are also frequenting the awards shows.

The epitome of the classic rectangle look being the Ray-Ban Clubmaster. An absolutely iconic style with a distinguished silhouette set to make audiences swoon. 

a man in a grey suit wearing black sunglasses

Closing the curtain

In the glamorous world of Hollywood, any red carpet affair is the perfect excuse to bring out a pair of timeless blacked-out sunglasses or delicate metal frames. 

The eyewear trends of 2024 exude confidence and personality. It’s clear eyewear has a place amongst the glitz and glamour as a sophisticated accessory. 

Even if you’re not hitting up a red carpet anytime soon (perhaps your living room rug is the closest you’ll get), you can still emulate the looks of your favourite entertainers. 

We’re sure you’ll find a pair on our site, suitable for every budget, that will have people mistaking you for an Oscar nominee.

Charting the Rise of Clear Frame Glasses

Charting the Rise of Clear Frame Glasses

Clear-frame glasses have quietly ascended to prominence in the eyewear fashion world, transforming from a niche trend to a mainstream staple. 

This evolution reflects a broader shift in fashion towards embracing minimalist and versatile accessories.

When did clear frames become popular?

The popularity of clear frames began to surge in the early 2010s. 

This rise was fueled by a growing interest in minimalist fashion, where the emphasis on simplicity and functionality matched perfectly with the understated elegance of clear frames. 

Fashion designers and influencers quickly adopted and promoted clear frames, highlighting their versatility and modern appeal.

This trend was also supported by advancements in materials and design, allowing for more durable and stylish options.

flat lay of a pair of clear frame glasses

Are clear glasses in style for 2024?

They’re as in as avocado toast at a Sunday brunch. Looking ahead to 2024, transparent frames continue to be a significant trend in eyewear fashion. 

Their appeal lies in their timeless design and adaptability to various fashion sensibilities.

The ongoing focus on sustainability in fashion has also played a role in the popularity of clear frames. 

Many are now made from eco-friendly materials like eco-plastic or recycled acetate, appealing to environmentally conscious consumers.

girl wearing clear frame glasses

How to style clear-frame glasses

They say less is more, and clear frame glasses took that advice literally – they’re the embodiment of minimalist chic, minus the try-hard.

Why? Because they’re transparent so they go with everything! What you need to focus on is choosing a pair that suits your face and personality.

  • Choose the right shape: Clear frames come in various shapes, including round, square and cat-eye. Experiment with different styles to find the one that suits your facial features best.

  • Pay attention to details: Clear frames often feature unique design elements, such as metal accents or coloured edges. These details can add something extra to your look, so consider them when choosing your pair.

  • Consider your complexion and features: Although clear, these glasses can influence how your complexion and facial features appear. Select a frame thickness and shape that enhances your natural features, considering how the frames cast light and shadow.

  • Coordinate with accessories: Match your clear frames with minimalist jewellery or watches to maintain a modern and sophisticated style.

Seeing through the trend

Clear-frame glasses have perfectly balanced versatility and minimalism, offering another choice to all metal-frame wearers who chase that one pair that goes with everything.

That’s right! We may be witnessing the rise of clear frames as more than just a fleeting trend but rather a timeless choice in the evolving narrative of eyewear fashion.

What Is Eye Yoga?

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What Is Eye Yoga?

By Emma Moletto
Reviewed by Beck Jinnette
Beck Jinnette

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Beck Jinnette
Beck has over 17 years of experience in eye care, holding her Certificate IV in Dispensing in Australia.
Eye yoga aims to mitigate eye strain and enhance focus through targeted exercises.
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Please note: while eye yoga can be beneficial for alleviating eye strain and improving focus, there’s no scientific evidence that it can resolve or improve any vision conditions.

In today’s digital age, our eyes are under more strain than ever, leading to increased eye fatigue, dryness and discomfort. 

Eye yoga can be a valuable, holistic way to help mitigate these symptoms. While reading the article, try the exercises to learn how they work!

This type of yoga specifically targets the ocular muscles (the muscles around the eye). It consists of exercises designed to strengthen the eye muscles, improve focus and promote relaxation.

Benefits of eye yoga

No scientific proof supports that eye yoga can help improve vision conditions like astigmatism, myopia, or presbyopia (Bianchi and Bellen 2020). 

However, there is evidence that eye yoga might be helpful for improving your ability to focus and relieve eye strain.

A study conducted on a group of thirty-two undergraduate optometry students observed that ocular yoga exercises reduce eye fatigue symptoms by increasing the efficiency of the muscles around the eyes (Gupta and Aparna 2020).

Indeed, regularly engaging in eye yoga can lead to:

  • Reduced eye strain and fatigue, especially for those spending extended periods in front of screens.
  • Enhanced concentration and the ability to focus for longer periods.
  • Improved eye muscle strength, contributing to better control over eye movements.
  • Decreased dryness and irritation by promoting adequate eye lubrication.
  • Potential improvement in vision clarity by relieving tension in the eye muscles.
Benefits of eye yoga for eye health

Practice eye yoga exercises

Eye yoga involves performing different eye exercises, each targeting different aspects of eye health.

These exercises can be performed anywhere and anytime, making them a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles.

Why not give them a try as you read along?

Palming

Palming is a relaxing exercise designed to relieve eye stress and tension.

To practice palming, take a few deep breaths, rub your hands together until they feel warm, then gently cup your palms over your closed eyes, making sure not to apply pressure on your eyeballs.

The warmth and darkness help relax the eye muscles and the optic nerve, providing a soothing break for your eyes. Always make sure your hands are clean before starting this exercise.

Eye rolling

Eye rolling helps to strengthen the eye muscles and improve their flexibility by promoting mobility and circulation around the eyes.

To do this, sit or stand with your eyes open. Look up and slowly roll your eyes clockwise, making a full circle.

Repeat this movement 3-5 times, then perform the exercise in a counter-clockwise direction.

Eye yoga exercises

Focus shifting

Focus-shifting exercises enhance the ability to focus and refocus at different distances, improving overall eye function for near and distant viewing. 

Start by holding one arm straight out in front of you in a loose fist, with the thumb pointing up. Slowly bring the thumb closer to your nose until you can no longer keep it in focus. 

Then, slowly move it back to the starting position. Repeat this process several times to strengthen the focusing muscles of the eyes.

Blinking exercise

Blinking is a simple yet effective exercise for maintaining eye moisture and giving the eyes a much-needed break. 

We tend to blink less when working on screens, leading to dryness and irritation. 

Intentionally blinking every 3-4 seconds for two minutes can help refresh the eyes, improve focus and reduce eye strain.

DID YOU KNOW?

Seven extraocular muscles around our eye control our eye and eyelid movements. By strengthening them with a few simple yogic eye exercises, we can help reduce eye strain and fatigue (Rizanti 2021).

More tips for healthy eyes

In addition to practicing eye yoga, consider incorporating these tips into your routine to support your eyes further:

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away.
  • Ensure proper lighting while reading or working to avoid straining your eyes.
  • Adjust the brightness and contrast of your screens to comfortable levels.
  • Keep your eyes hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using artificial tears if prescribed by your eye doctor.
  • Regularly visit an eye care professional to monitor your eye health and vision changes.

If you have any doubts or questions about eye care and health, you can ask one of our expert in-house opticians.

References

Bianchi, Tommaso, and Raffaella Bellen. “Immediate effects of eye yogic exercises on morphoscopic visual acuity.” Yoga Mimamsa, vol. 52, no. 1, 2020, pp. 5–11
https://doi.org/10.4103/ym.ym_5_20

Gupta, Satish Kumar, and S Aparna. “Effect of yoga ocular exercises on Eye Fatigue.” International Journal of Yoga, vol. 13, no. 1, 2020, pp. 76–79
https://doi.org/10.4103/ijoy.ijoy_26_19

Rizanti, Ayunda Puteri. “Yoga ocular exercises to maintain eye health during work and distance learning in the New Normal Era.” Jurnal Berita Ilmu Keperawatan, vol. 14, no. 1, 23 Feb. 2021, pp. 1–9
https://doi.org/10.23917/bik.v14i1.13363

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