Protect Your Eyes at Work

Protect Your Vision in the Workplace to Keep Eyes Healthy

As more people of all ages increase the amount of screen time, through computers, tablet devices, smartphones, etc., the risk of digital eye strain also increases.

computer use in officeAccording to a recent report from the Vision Council, “Eyes Overexposed: The Digital Device Dilemma,” nearly nine in 10 adults spend more than two hours each day using a digital device, with one in 10 people spending at least three-fourths of their waking hours on a digital device. Digital Eye Strain is defined as “physical discomfort felt after prolonged exposure to digital screens.” Symptoms may include dry and irritated eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue, neck and back pain and headaches.

The Vision Council also states that most digital devices have light-emitting diodes (LED) that radiate blue wave-length light. Cumulative blue light exposure has been linked to slow degeneration of the retina, which could affect long-term vision problems such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

In 2015, Prevent Blindness began a partnership with Healthe and its EyeSafe™ technologies. Healthe will donate a portion of the sales of its EyeSafe products, including protective covers for digital phones, tablets and computer monitors that reduce exposure to harmful digital UV and High-Energy Visible (HEV) blue light emitted from such devices, to Prevent Blindness in support of its children’s eye health programs and resources.

For those who work outside of an office setting, Prevent Blindness warns of common causes for eye injuries and urges everyone to wear the proper eye protection for risks that include:

  • Flying objects (bits of metal, glass)
  • Tools
  • Particles
  • Chemicals
  • Harmful radiation
  • Any combination of these or other hazards

“No matter where you work, in an office setting or in an industrial career, your vision must be a priority,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “Taking care of our eyes today will have a tremendous impact on our future. We encourage everyone to talk to their eye care professionals to make sure they are doing everything they can to protect the gift of sight.”

Children’s Vision & Electronic Devices

Digital Eye Safety Leader Healthe Joins Prevent Blindness to Help Save Children’s Vision

Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, is pleased to announce the support of Healthe and their EyeSafe™ technologies. Through this new partnership, Healthe will donate a portion of the sales of its EyeSafe products, including protective covers for digital phones, tablets and computer monitors that reduce exposure to harmful digital UV and High-Energy Visible (HEV) blue light emitted from such devices, to Prevent Blindness in support of its children’s eye health programs and resources.

According to a recent study, children’s eyes absorb more blue light than adults from digital device screens, which is a growing concern as the popularity of cell phones, computers and tablets for school reading and personal use continues to grow each year.

Increasing public health data and scientific research describes the eye health effects linked to exposure to digital device light emissions, including Computer Vision Syndrome, eye strain, sleep cycle disruptions and premature retinal damage risk.

“Protecting eyesight when it comes to the progressive use of digital technology and screen time addiction in young people is our number one priority and we offer a wide variety of EyeSafe products to do just that,” said Justin Barrett, CEO, Healthe. “By supporting programs such as those offered by Prevent Blindness, that seek to provide sight-saving services for our children, we can help to raise awareness, provide education and promote services around eye health, including digital device emission, that will have a positive impact on kids for years to come.”

Healthe_logoHealthe is a Minneapolis-based company with the mission of designing and developing EyeSafe products, technologies and standards for digital devices in conjunction with the medical community for a global audience. Healthe’s products are designed to provide relief for frequent users of digital technology from prolonged exposure to harmful artificial UV and HEV blue light. Through proprietary HEV blue light blocking screen covers and glass, Healthe provides advanced products that make artificial digital light more like natural light.

“Today in the United States, vision disorders are the most prevalent forms of disabling childhood conditions,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We thank Healthe and all of its customers for supporting our efforts to address the need to protect our children’s vision today to help make for a brighter future tomorrow.”

For more information about EyeSafe and digital UV and HEV blue lightprotection, or to purchase a product to help support Prevent Blindness, please visit www.health-e.com.

About Healthe

Founded in 2014, Healthe LLC is a global provider of digital device light emission protection, developing products that protect frequent users of digital devices from digital light and associated ocular and physical health issues. The company has developed and commercialized an emission reducing film that may be applied directly to various digital devices and produced in other form factors for schools, corporations and the government.  EyeSafe Retina Protection Factor (RPF) can selectively reduce the concerning UV and HEV blue light while maintaining the screen image and color quality. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company manages the sales, marketing and development of EyeSafe™ products, technology and standards.