Lens Solutions for Digital Eye Strain


As knowledge and awareness of digital eye strain has increased, so too have the number of solutions for alleviating its symptoms. Solutions range from behavioral—reducing screen time, adjusting work spaces, work habits and screen brightness—to a growing range of products designed to prevent or alleviate DES symptoms.

Yet many consumers are unaware of these solutions. The Vision Council found that nearly seven out of 10 American adults report they didn’t know glasses with lenses to combat digital eye strain existed, with 87 percent saying the same regarding contact lenses. Here are some recent examples of lens products designed to mitigate digital eye strain.

Biofinity Energys
Biofinity Energys contact lenses from Cooper-Vision feature two proprietary technologies that work together to help with eye tiredness and dryness associated with digital device use. Digital Zone Optics lens design can help eye tiredness commonly associated with digital device use, according to CooperVision. Sustained focus on up-close digital devices strains the eye’s accommodative system and can overwork ciliary muscles. Digital Zone Optics lens design may help ease accommodation and reduce ciliary muscle stress when changing focus from on-screen to off.

Aquaform Technology is combination of material technologies resulting in what Cooper-Vision calls “a uniquely comfortable and high-performance lens.” The material in Aquaform Technology lenses has high oxygen transmissibility for increased breathability to keep your eyes healthy and white. The lenses feature a low modulus, which makes them softer and more flexible.

The molecular structure of Aquaform Technology lens material provides uniform wettability, creating a smooth lens surface, as well as natural wettability. The silicone macromers in Aquaform Technology lenses lock water into the lens keeping them moist even after periods of extended wear. Additionally, Aquaform Technology lenses feature an optimized rounded-edge design that reduces conjunctival interaction, providing an increased level of comfort.

Eyezen and Eyezen+
Essilor recommends Eyezen lenses for single vision wearers and adults suffering from eye strain and fatigue from viewing digital devices. Combined with Crizal Prevencia No-Glare lenses, Eyezen lenses help prevent the overexertion of certain muscles that help eyes focus. These computer glasses also filter blue-violet light, helping to keep eyes protected and comfortable, even with prolonged screen use.

Eyezen+ lenses utilize Essilor’s Smart Blue Filter which reduces exposure to harmful blue light by at least 20 percent, according to Essilor. They are designed with W.A.V.E. (Wavefront Advanced Vision Enhancement) Technology to provide sharper vision than traditional single vision lenses, and are available with four different levels of accommodative relief for single vision patients in every age group.

Kodak SoftWear Lens
The Kodak SoftWear Lens from Signet Armorlite delivers extra vision support to view the keyboard (near area) and computer screen (intermediate area) with a set computer monitor distance of 24” and clear vision out to 10 feet. Signet Armorlite recommends this task-oriented lens for anyone doing computer-based projects or large amounts of detail work.

Neurolenses use a contoured prism to bring the eyes into alignment. Studies have shown that a contoured prism design helps relieve the headaches, neck/shoulder pain and eye strain that many patients experience when using digital devices, reading or doing detail work, according to the manufacturer, Neurolens.

The Neurolens system comprises a proprietary measurement device that uses eye tracking technology to objectively and accurately measure the degree of eye misalignment at distance, intermediate and near during a three-minute exam. The results provide a recommended prescription for the neurolens contoured prism design, which brings the eyes into proper alignment at all distances and alleviates symptoms.

Shamir Computer and Shamir WorkSpace
With Shamir Computer and Shamir WorkSpace lenses, presbyopic computer users no longer need to lift their head to see the computer clearly, as with progressive lens designs, or bend their neck to peer over the top of reading glasses. Wearers of these advanced Shamir occupational lenses can hold their head and neck in a natural comfortable position while enjoying perfect focus, the company said.

Sync III
Sync III lenses from Hoya Vision Care are designed for the single vision wearer who spends more than two hours a day on digital devices. The enhanced, single vision lenses have distance power for everyday use and a “boost zone” at the bottom of the lens which reduces eye strain during prolonged near activities such as looking at digital screens. This allows patients’ eye muscles to relax and focus more easily, helping to relieve eye strain and provide visual comfort, Hoya said.

Unity Via OfficePro
Unity Via OfficePro from VSP Optics is a workplace lens designed around Unity Via technology that makes progressives that are easy to fit, customize and dispense. Unity Via OfficePro calculates the intermediate and near zones, ensuring that the monitor stays in the visual sweet spot without any extra measurements. ECPs need only to determine the progressive Rx, then pick the viewing distance.

A streamlined portfolio optimized for the most common workplace viewing distances makes it easy to match lens choice with specific patient needs. A five-foot design is optimized for computer work, desk work, reading and writing; a 10-foot design is intended for computer work, inventory, visitor reception, meetings and similar activities.

The lens design offers easy accommodation. Wearer benefits include reduced visual strain and fatigue, improved readability on digital displays, easy intermediate-near zone shift and improved ergonomic comfort.

Zeiss Officelens
Zeiss Officelens gives wearers crisp, clear vision of the three working area distances, according to the individual wearer’s needs:

Zeiss Officelens Book: Widest fields of clear vision out to three feet. For reading, using a computer or handheld device, and other visually intensive up-close activities.
Zeiss Officelens Desk: Wide fields of view out to seven feet. For reading, computer use and a clear view of a cubicle or small office.
Zeiss Officelens Room: For nearly any indoor or closer-range outdoor visual activities, with wide, clear vision out to 14 feet.

Zeiss Officelens features Digital Inside Technology and provides strain-free and clear vision when using computer screens and other digital devices. Digital Inside Technology was created to optimize visual performance for this closer viewing range and oblique gaze orientation through the lens. Wearer benefits include:

- Clear visual acuity for near to intermediate distance vision with wide vision zones.
- Relaxed and natural vision in the office and for any activities at near and mid-range.
- Comfortable head and body posture.
- Adapted to personal visual distance from the near to intermediate range.
- Maximum Intermediate Distance (M.I.D.) technology.

In order to provide a tailored solution for every wearer, Zeiss determines the wearer’s “Maximum Intermediate Distance,” according to his or her personal near to intermediate distance requirements. The M.I.D. technology offers variability for clear and relaxed vision from an “enhanced reading lens” up to an “indoor progressive lens,” according to Zeiss.