(Press Release) Nearly 80 percent of Americans with digital eye strain use multiple screens.

Alexandria, VA – With more than 3,600 exhibitors and 150,000 attendees gathering for the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), The Vision Council is on hand at the world’s largest gathering place for the business of consumer technologies to help users protect their eyes from digital eye strain.

The Vision Council’s latest report examining the impact of digital media on vision health,  Eyes Overexposed: Digital Device Dilemma , was released Monday at CES in Las Vegas. Findings of the report show that one in 10 people spend at least three-fourths of their waking hours on a digital device, and that prolonged periods of use appear to exacerbate symptoms as 96 percent of Americans who experience digital eye strain spend two or more hours each day using devices.

In an effort to educate avid digital device users, The Vision Council is connecting with CES attendees about the benefits of computer glasses and coatings, demonstrating the latest in computer eyewear technology and teaching additional ways for individuals to minimize digital eye strain.

“When using technology, many people think suffering with digital eye strain is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Mike Daley, CEO of The Vision Council. “The optical industry has responded to the shift in digital habits and has developed lens technology to protect eyes from blue light, glare and other environmental stressors.”

Show attendees and members of the media stopping by The Vision Council's booth (#74853) are invited to explore how computer eyewear can be used to reduce blurriness and pixilation, decrease brightness, block blue light, and minimize glare while working in front of a screen—or multiple screens. The booth features medical and lens experts, various computer eyewear technology, and advanced findings from The Vision Council's digital eye strain report.

The Vision Council is working to education eye care providers on the usage and recommendation of computer eyewear and other lens coatings in the prevention of digital eye strain through educational sessions at Vision Expo East. Courses include:

  • Blue Light and Digital Eye Strain - Educating Patients and Providing Solutions (2201)
  • Understanding and Recommending Office, Anti-Fatigue and Close Environment Lenses (1201)
  • How To Determine the Right Tints and Coatings for a Patient (2101).

The full course listing can be found at VisionExpoEast.com.

The Vision Council’s report finds that 90 percent of patients do not talk with their eye care provider about digital device usage. The Vision Council encourages eye care providers to engage their patients in discussions about healthy vision maintenance, including the impact of their daily electronic device use and the digital eye strain symptoms to monitor for, as well as eyewear options that can reduce symptoms in the future.

To view or download a copy of the report, visit The Vision Council online at  www.thevisioncouncil.org.

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