Do VR Headsets Damage Vision?

In the last few years, VR headsets and the introduction of the innovative technology of virtual reality have been taking over. If you’re anything like us you are concerned about wearing one of these headsets for long durations and whether or not these VR headsets damage to vision.

What is VR

VR (Virtual reality) is a computer-simulated experience that can be similar or completely different to the real world. VR is an extremely versatile tool and is now often seen being  used in education, entertainment and business. However, new applications are regularly emerging due to advancements in technology. Essentially through the use of sensory stimulation this technology ‘tricks’ the eyes and brain to perceive the virtual environment to be reality.

VR headsets damage vision

VR’s effects on your eyes

Due to the recent introduction of VR headsets, the effects long term are still to be discovered. However, studies have found that staring too long at a VR screen can lead to eye strain and fatigue. This comes back to the fact that we tend to blink much less when using a device with a digital screen.

Motion sickness is also extremely common among early VR headsets. This has led to trouble focusing with your eyes, headaches, lightheadedness, nausea and even vomiting. However, as the refresh rates and pixel density increased the hazy image that we saw was dramatically improved.

The issue isn’t with the screens being so close to the eyes; as you might have thought. Instead, it’s that we’re not allowing the muscles in our eyes to relax, causing us to strain them.

What Oculus says about VR headsets and vision

Oculus, the largest manufacturer of VR technology states in its handbook that 1 in 4000 may suffer from”dizziness, seizures, eye or muscle twitching.” It recommends to users suffering with these symptoms, to discontinue using the headset and see a doctor.

Oculus also said that the reaction is more common in children and young people. They recommend that anyone experiencing these symptoms should take off the headset and visit a doctor.

What we recommend

Here at Focus Medical Eye Centre, we recommend that you take regular breaks when you’re using the headset for extended periods of time. In many blogs, we talk about the 20-20-20 rule, which you can read about here. It describes an excellent method that helps prevent eye strain whilst using digital screens.

If you have suffered from eye strain or have developed a new condition since using a VR headset we do recommend that you seek advice directly from a professional.

We’re an award-winning local opticians based in Hailsham, East Sussex, so if you’re in the area and want an eye test, or have any questions about the health of your eyes, then please call in and see us!

If you’d like to book an appointment with us, click here, or call us on 01323 442 062.

 

 

 

 

How blue light can affect your eyes

Eye strain is always such a big topic, with all the hours spent on different devices. If you ever have felt any eye strain whilst working on a digital screen, then you may have heard about ‘blue light’ and scared yourself by doing a quick Google Search. Maybe even coming across the increasingly popular blue light glasses, due to their bold claims of being a protective shield for your eyes. But do they really work?

What is blue light?

First off, blue light is a part of the visible light spectrum; which is a fancy way of saying what the human eye can see. It has the shortest wavelength and operates at the highest energy. We are exposed to this light from many sources; the biggest being the sun. however, many man-made sources have caused blue light to gain its notoriety due to its link to digital screens.

Some of the most notable blue light emitters are bulbs, LEDs, flat-screen LED televisions, computer monitors, smartphones and tablet screens. With all of these devices becoming more and more popular the amount of blue light we are exposing our eyes to is going up. The amount of time people spend using these devices and the proximity of these screens to the eyes has also caused some concern about the potential long-term effects of this light on eye health.

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Does it damage your eyes?

Some experts have suggested that too much exposure to this light can damage the light-sensitive cells in the retina. Whilst there is little research to support this, the short wavelength of the light makes it very easy to penetrate the eyes.

However, a study by O’Hagan JB, Khazova M & Price LL found that the level of blue light we expose ourselves to from screens is significantly lower than from that of natural daylight – and neither levels approach eye safety limits.

What are blue light glasses and do they work?

Blue light glasses contain lenses that are designed to reduce the amount of blue light that reaches the eye. This prevents the waves from actually penetrating the eye. There is also a setting on your PC that can help reduce blue light and make your eyes a little more comfortable when working on a screen.

However, there is no research backing that these lenses can protect eye health at all. Essentially, there is no scientifically proven benefit to wearing these glasses.

It is just maybe more about ensuring a bit more eye comfort.

Are they effective against eye strain?

Eye strain is not necessarily caused by the blue light emitted by the screen. It is more likely that your eyes are straining to have to concentrate on a single screen for too long. Your eyes are having to constantly refocus when you’re looking at a screen, which can be fatiguing. Other factors such as the distance you sit from your screen or if the environment you are in is too dark; can affect eye strain. Many factors have an effect on how much your eyes strain; some that blue light glasses will be ineffective at preventing. 

Other solutions 

For tips on preventing eye strain whilst using a digital screen, we highly recommend you read our blog on whether eye strain causes headaches, the last paragraph covers how to prevent this. 

Need Any Help?

If you’re starting to find it difficult to look at a digital screen for long periods, then you might want to consider getting a professional examination on your eyes. Getting glasses for use with your computer might help to relax and protect the health of your eyes.

We are an award-winning local opticians based in Hailsham, East Sussex, so if you’re in the area and want an eye test, or have any questions about the health of your eyes, then please call in and see us!

If you’d like to book an appointment with us, click here, or call us on 01323 442 062.

Implications of driving without correct eye wear

Almost half of Brits are unaware they could be fined for driving without their prescribed eye wear. This is an incredibly high statistic especially considering that nearly 80% of the population require prescription glasses.

Research

Spectacled drivers across Britain are risking a fine, driving ban or even prison by not wearing their prescribed distance visual correction when on the roads. However many people do not know this, according to new research.

Almost half of the drivers in Britain didn’t realise it was illegal to drive without their prescribed distance glasses or contact lenses. One in four have risked being fined or even banned from driving by not wearing them. This suggests that there were occasions when they drove without their prescriptions, which should never be done. Similarly to driving under the influence of alcohol, driving whilst being visually impaired is incredibly dangerous. Risking the lives of the driver and those they share the road with.

According to new data from The College of Optometrists*; the main reasons people didn’t wear them when driving were that they simply forgot (36%), they find them uncomfortable (20%) or even that they don’t want to admit they need to wear glasses (14%).

*An online survey was conducted by Atomik Research among 2,003 respondents from the UK. The research fieldwork took place on 5th November – 8th November 2021. Atomik Research is an independent creative market research agency that employs MRS-certified researchers and abides by the MRS code.

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Punishment

Not only are you at risk of being fined £1000 for driving without your prescription, but you could also receive up to three points on your driving licence. It’s quite a hefty penalty for getting behind the wheel with bad vision. Police officers could also charge you for dangerous driving offences, in some serious cases, which will see penalties increase.

If a dangerous driving charge is issued, a motorist could be forced to pay up to £5,000 and could even face jail time in some extreme circumstances.

Not only that but your insurance is also invalidated if you drive without your prescription glasses, as this is an illegal practise. This could mean that if the worst happens, you could be left with a large bill for the vehicle repairs for you and the other person’s car.

GEM Motoring Assist has revealed poor eyesight is linked to over 3,000 fatal and serious accidents each year.

Analysis from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says approximately 1.8milion drivers have vision below the legal standards

Causes

There are many things that can worsen your vision with age including presbyopia (causing long-sightedness), glaucoma and age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Having regular eye exams can help detect these conditions and help manage the symptoms from getting worse. Some of the conditions that can become more prominent with age can impact your sight when driving.

The DVSA  and the law state that You must be able to read a car number plate from 20 metres away (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary). With a condition like myopia, this task could be impossible as it impacts your distance vision. However, having the correct prescription will make it clearly visible and show you are safe to be on the roads.

Need help with your Prescription Glasses?

If you think that you need a pair of prescription glasses for driving, book an appointment with us, and we’ll have a look at your prescription. We have patients all around Hailsham including Horam, Polegate, Heathfield and Herstmonceux. We’ll be happy to help you with finding the correct style and lens to ensure you’re safe when driving.

National Eye Health Week

This week, 20 – 26 September is National Eye Health Week, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all. At Focus Medical Eye Centre, we are always very busy promoting the well being of the eyes.

Did you know one in five people say that their eyesight deteriorated during lockdown?

While some habits – such as increased screen time – have stuck over the last 18 months, there are plenty things people can do to help support their eye health going forward.

To mark National Eye Health Week (20-26th September) here are four simple tips that can help protect your vision and keep your eyes in top condition.

 

Book Regular Exams

It may seem like obvious advice but attending regular check-ups with your optician should be your first port of call when it comes to looking after your eyes.

Worryingly, looking at recent research conducted by Optos, we learned that a quarter of adults in the UK have not had an eye exam in the past three years. With a whopping 3.2 million have still never attended an appointment at all.

Many eye diseases, including detached retinas and glaucoma, can be prevented or treated more successfully if detected early. Therefore, booking a regular eye exam can give you the best chance of catching any potential issues and maintaining your eye health.

Corporate Eye Care

Invest in Advanced Imaging

In the UK, there are currently more than one million people living with sight loss that could have been avoided. While booking in to get your eyes tested regularly is the first step to caring for your vision, advanced imaging technology can also help your optician get a clearer picture of your eyes.

Most eye diseases can only be detected by looking at the retina – the thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye. A basic eye exam is designed to test your vision but only shows 15% of the retina. With advanced imaging, such as Optomap®, more than 82% of your retina is visible to your optician.

By opting for advanced retinal imaging technology, you will be giving yourself peace of mind that problems, such as retinal detachments and tears, glaucoma, and age-related macula degeneration, will be detected early.

You can ask your optician about Optomap and its benefits when booking in your next eye test.

Get Moving

We all know exercise is good for us, but did you know that it can also have a positive impact on your eye health?

Whether it’s swimming, running or yoga, regular movement can help prevent eye diseases. In particular, cardiovascular exercises that get your heart pumping can lower the pressure in your eyes, while increasing the flow of blood to the optic nerve and retina.

Vision problems can stem from issues such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so being active could also benefit those who suffer from these conditions. The NHS recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise to keep your body fit and healthy.

Adopt the 20-20-20 Approach

The last 18 months have seen us rely on screens more than ever before. From Zoom calls to more time spent in front of the television, screen use is having a big impact on our eyes.

On average UK adults spent half a day in front of a screen, browsing the internet and watching television.

Extended time in front of devices can cause common eye issues including dryness, itchiness, and strain. The easiest way to prevent and reduce the likelihood of these problems is to introduce the 20-20-20 rule. This means for every 20 minutes of screen time, look away for 20 seconds and focus on something 20 metres away.

After two hours of continuous screen time take a 15-minute rest. Make sure you also stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water during your breaks. Set a timer and try for yourself!

Next steps

If you would like to speak with someone or have a consultation, then please get in touch. Focus Medical Eye Centre are based in Hailsham and work with many customers around the area in East Sussex. We look forward to your call.

 

How to Treat Hay Fever and its Effect on the Eyes

With spring firmly waiting round the corner, we are all looking forward to some warmth and sunshine. However if you are a hay fever sufferer (an allergy to trees, grasses ,weeds and pollen) it could be a nightmare for you as billions of particles are about to be released by flowering trees and grasses. Plus, added to this, research shows that the pollen season is getting longer, by up to 30 days over the year! So instead of starting mid to late March and ending early September, it is now starting in late February and continuing well into October!

In a typical year, the tree pollen season begins first, starting in February and lasting until June. The grass pollen season starts in May and finishes in July. Weeds such as stinging nettles release pollen from June to September. It used to be that there were good allergy years and bad allergy years but now they all tend to be bad. This could possibly be down to climate change and warmer temperatures.

It’s not just in the countryside either…

Increased air pollution may also be to blame. Pollutants found more in cities, including diesel particles, irritate the lining of the airways and make them more sensitive and cause an inflammatory response. Studies have shown people who live in areas of higher pollution are more likely to have more severe nasal symptoms.

The techy stuff!

Particles in the air from trees, grasses, weeds and pollen trigger an allergic reaction in the body. The immune system sees these particles as a threat and make antibodies in response.  These antibodies bind to special cells involved in the immune response called mast cells which are found in various structures in the body including the eye.  During exposure by the pollen, the mast cells release a powerful chemical called histamine in an attempt to rid the body of the threat. This is where the trouble starts, as histamine dilates blood vessels causing fluid to leak which in turn triggers a runny nose, sneezing, red and itchy eyes.

If you know you suffer from hay fever, you can take action in advance. Corticosteroid nasal sprays such as Nasonex or Flonase are available over the counter and can be used 2 weeks before usual symptoms start. They work by reducing local inflammation but it can take a little while for them to take effect. Oral antihistamine tablets work well and are widely available, and creams containing antihistamine can help skin rashes and itchy skin.  However, all of these preparations are often ineffective in treating red itchy eyes due to the low concentration actually reaching the eye.

How you can help yourself

  • Pollen levels in the air tend to be highest in the morning because they have risen throughout the night; and again at around 5pm because many plants release their pollen later in the day. Try not to sit outside in the late afternoon.
  • Keep windows closed at these times to reduce the amount of pollen that manages to get into your home.
  • Watch the weather forecast. Rain can either raise pollen levels or reduce them, depending on the type of rain. Heavy droplets may break pollen grains into smaller particles, increasing the problem, but gentle rain absorbs pollen and brings it down to the ground where it can do no harm.
  • High pollen levels are more likely on a hot, sunny day with little wind, because pollen grains stay airborne for longer then. So take extra precautions on bad days, such as wearing wrap-around sunglasses to stop pollen affecting the eyes.
  • Keep eye glasses on whenever you go outside during the pollen season.
  • Keep car windows closed and use the air conditioning on the “recycle air” setting.
  • Don’t hang your washing out in the fresh air – try and tumble dry to so you don’t find pollen has attached itself to your clothing. Especially your bedding!
  • If you know you always get hay fever symptoms at a certain time of year, start using them in the two weeks running up to that time. Keep an eye on when your symptoms start one year and adjust the timing accordingly.

Treatment for the eyes

If nasal sprays and oral antihistamines are ineffective for your itchy red eyes there are 2 main eye drops that can be used.

The first eye drop is a mast cell stabiliser containing sodium cromoglycate such as Opticrom. This works by stopping the mast cells releasing histamine and as such is useful for regular hay fever sufferers just before symptoms start.

The second is an antihistamine eye drop such as Otrivine which tackles the histamine after it’s been released. These drops work well in the short term but regular sufferers may also need to use a mast cell stabiliser in conjunction. Newer prescription only drops are available from Focus Medical Eye Centre which are dual acting combining the mast cell stabiliser and antihistamine in one.

Please speak to our team about assessment and treatment via our Minor Eye Conditions clinic. This is a free NHS run service for patients registered with a local GP for any minor eye complaint including red eye.

Orthokeratology, Ortho-K Lenses

How it Can Help Short-Sightedness

If you suffer from short-sightedness, and not a fan of wearing glasses; you might feel that there are only two options available to you. Whilst contact lenses and laser eye surgery are very popular and are viable solutions for you, you might not know there is in fact a third option – Orthokeratology from Eyedream. If you suffer from short-sightedness and are looking for a non-invasive way of ditching your specs during the day, we think Orthokeratology might be for you.

This process is also known as Overnight Vision Protection. It involves wearing custom lenses whilst you sleep that help to correct your vision. Whilst this might sound quite miraculous, EyeDream Orthokeratology is safe and effective. It has already transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world.

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Additionally, as this is such a simple process; using Ortho-K lenses should be able to easily fit into your daily routine.

Whilst this is an incredibly popular treatment, Orthokeratology is only specifically for people who suffer from mild to moderate short-sightedness.

How Does Orthokeratology Work?

Orthokeratology is a really simple process. When you put in the Ortho-K Eyedream lenses in overnight, the lenses gently reshape the curvature of your eyes. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll find that you’ll have perfect vision.

This process is non-invasive and means that you can enjoy your day without glasses or contact lenses getting in the way. It would be perfect for people who have a more active lifestyle.

Great for Children!

Along with the clear benefits of wearing Ortho-K lenses, it has been shown that they also help to reduce the progression of Myopia in children and adults.

Ortho-k is fantastic for children, giving them the freedom to enjoy a life without limitations. Numerous studies have also shown that ortho-k can dramatically slow or even stop the progression of short-sightedness. Subsequently they can reduce the risk of developing associated problems, such as glaucoma, once in adulthood.

Parents are often faced with fees for replacement framesfor the many possible accidents . Because a child only wears ortho-k lenses when they are indoors and in bed, there is far less likelihood of damage and loss. Parents are free of worry and added expense and children can get on with enjoying their childhood.

What to Find out more about Orthokeratology?

If you’re interested in finding out more about Orthokeratology lenses for short-sightedness, then please get in touch with Focus Medical Eye Centre and book an appointment. As an optician in Hailsham, we have many patients around East Sussex, from Polegate, Pevensey, Herstmonceux, Horam, and Heathfield.

We can offer advice on whether Ortho-K lenses would be right for your eyes. To book an appointment you can call 01323 442 062 or using the Mysight App on your smartphone.

Eco Conscious Frames

We are very excited to introduce the new Eco Conscious frames from Eyespace. With biodegradable demo lenses and no plastic packaging, they are the ultimate, environmentally friendly frame of choice.

This fashionable, bold and naturally colourful collection of bio-based acetate frames are not to be missed. They are especially ideal spectacles for this time of year as well! The colours are mostly all soft muted shades of autumn which are just lovely; except for a few that are vibrant and quite stunning!

One aspect of Eco Conscious is that they are partnered with the “one tree planted” charity, helping to fight deforestation and protect our planet against climate change. This is an amazing charity that is doing some incredible work.

Gallery

Here are some of the images we have taken of the frames we have in stock. They are all such pretty colours – please click on them to enlarge each image:

Interested in Eco Conscious Frames?

If you would like to try any of the Eco Conscious frames from Eyespace then please give us a call on 01323 442 062 or even pop onto our Booking App to get a date organised. We can’t wait to show you all the frames we have in our eye centre. Stunning styles, very versatile and extremely comfortable.

New Maui Jim Frames

Maui Jim have perfected their sunglasses over the last 35 years, originating on the beaches of Hawaii. They are now available worldwide, boasting the best UV protection, whilst minimising glare as well as enhancing colour.

New Maui Jim Frames

They are now excited to be launching a brand new collection of frames. Sophisticated in their engineering and elegant in styling; they are the perfect balance of art and science. The collection includes bold shapes and fine detail all inspired by the natural beauty and heritage of Hawaii.

Acetate Collection

Their Acetate collection is comprised of many colours and timeless frames.

Rimless Collection

The Rimless selection are the epitome of simple sophistication. These timeless, elegant frames are made from ultra-lightweight beta titanium, and are available in 10 lens shapes, 11 colors and 3 temple lengths. 4 hinge-less styles available in 4 colours round out this collection.

Metals Collection

Here we have two slightly different collections – Metals and Specialty Metals. The Metals Collection are extremely lightweight, with stunning shades of stainless steel flat metal. This collection includes both semi-rimless and fully rimmed frames. Whilst offering optimum comfort yet catering for high prescriptions. Maui Jim’s Specialty Metals Collection feature beta titanium, titanium, memory metals and stainless steel. They are structurally and stylistically designed with the latest fashion trends in mind.

Nylon Collection

The Maui Jim Nylon styles are extremely lightweight and flexible.

Clip On Collection

This Clip On Collection from Maui Jim was created to minimize the need to switch between ophthalmic frames and sunglasses. With the sun protection, glare reduction and colour enhancing benefits of PolarizedPlus2 lenses, these styles will enable patients to easily transition between indoor and outdoor activities. Historically clip on frames have never been overly good – however these are fabulous!

Both Supra and full frames are available in stunning shades of stainless steel, flat metal, crafted with sophistication and elegance.

Get in touch

If you would like to try any of the Maui Jim frames from these new collections then please give us a call on 01323 442 062 or even pop onto our Booking App to get a date organised. We can’t wait to show you all the New Maui Jim Frames we have. Stunning styles, very versatile and extremely comfortable.

Buying Sunglasses From an Optometrist…

Sunglasses are a real necessity in our climate. They help protect your eyes, the skin around your eyes, make it safer to drive as well as being more comfortable while driving. So why do so many people not consider buying sunglasses from an Optometrist? The people who are guaranteed to only sell you the best quality sunglasses for your eyes! Optometrists and opticians will offer you experienced advice on what will be best for your individual eyesight. They understand the eye problems you may be experiencing and can offer guidance as to the best product that will be suitable and bespoke to your eyes.

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UV Protection

Many of us love the sun. However, along with all the vitamin D benefits, the sun can be extremely harmful to your eyes. Eyes are extremely sensitive to sunlight and can lead to many health problems. UVA rays from the sun can enhance your wrinkles (gasp!!) as well as signs of ageing around the eye. However, it’s UVB rays that can be even more damaging, causing serious health problems.

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is is an ageing condition where the macula of the eye deteriorates. This can then cause blurriness to the vision and in some cases it can cause total blindness.  The UV rays of the sun can speed up this process. So it is important to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses.

Cataracts

Cataracts is one of the leading causes of blindness and can get much worse with age. This can be enhanced by the UV rays in the sun. so wearing sunglasses will reduce the risk.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can be found around the skin of the eyes. Faces indeed have the most exposure to the sun’s harmful rays, so keeping your eyes covered with sunglasses, along with a good protection sun cream will go some way towards helping to prevent this skin disease. Don’t forget the suncream – you will get daft white goggle lines otherwise!

Driving

Wearing sunglasses whilst driving will help to eliminate squinting. Especially when the sun is lower in the sky. It can be quite hazardous for the driver as well as oncoming traffic. Wearing a pair of sunglasses will remove the glare and ensure your vision of the road ahead is much clearer.

Being Outdoors

As well as protection from the sun, other weather elements can certainly damage your eyes. For example, if you go fishing or spend time on water, the glare on the surface could reflect into your eyes and harm your vision. As well as lots of summer fun, snow will also reflect 80% of UV rays from the sun and can cause a condition called snow blindness (where the glare actually burns the cornea).

Sand and dust can be dangerous too, as the grains can get into your eye and scratch it, causing lasting damage. And rubbing can make it all much worse! Wearing sunglasses whilst on the beach or in windy conditions can add a layer of protection against unwanted particles.

Why should you buy good quality sunglasses?

Whilst there are many many styles of sunglasses on the market today, they are not all equal! Many sub-standard sunglasses can be purchased from supermarkets, high street chains as well as online. However, buying sunglasses from an Optometrist or Optician will ensure you buy the correct standard and quality that will benefit your eyes the most. Sunglasses come in all shapes, sizes, colours as well as brands to suit your personality and this is the fun part – choosing what you like! And Focus Medical Eye Centre in Hailsham have lots of styles to choose from.

From normal sunglasses to top designer brands such as Ray-Ban, Maui Jim or Cocoa Mint. The difference with buying from somewhere like our surgery is that you will always get great service, advice and also a fabulous looking pair of sunglasses – as well as this, we would only recommend and stock quality sunglasses that block 100% of UV radiation. Not all manufacturers give you this guarantee.

So what sunglasses do you fancy?

With the weeks we have had recently, whilst being re-opened, we have had lots of enquiries for new sunglasses. From our standard frames up to designer products. What is also great are the options for lenses as well. You may find the need for polarised lenses which are ideal if you have had eye surgery. Or you may actually prefer Transitions lenses as you can have your prescription added and these will react to light conditions, darkening and lightening when necessary. A great compromise for not needing to change glasses! Some customers may choose a pair of sunglasses frames and opt to have their prescription added. And we can do with with most of the frames we hold in stock, including the designer brands.

Get in touch

If you are looking to buy some great looking sunglasses with excellent lenses in them, then buying sunglasses from an optometrist or optician will totally be your best bet! You can be assured of the highest quality products that won’t have any distortions in them as well as giving you full protection from the sun’s harmful rays. They will protect your eyes as well as the skin around them. Get in touch with our team at Focus Medical Eye Centre on 01323 442 062. You can arrange to pop in and try a few pairs on, choose your lenses and we will do the rest!

 

 

How To Stop Your Glasses Steaming Up Wearing A Mask

Saying our day to day lives have changed in the last 5 months is a little bit of an understatement to say the least! We have all had to adapt to a new reality and way of being. There is little sign of Covid going away any time soon. As an eye care provider, one of the most frequently asked questions we encounter is, ‘How To Stop Your Glasses Steaming Up Wearing A Mask?’ Is there anything I can do?

The short answer is, yes there is!

How To Stop Your Glasses Steaming Up Wearing A Mask

Top Tips – Masks

The main reason spectacles steam up when wearing a mask is that your breath is directed upwards towards your spectacle lenses.

  • First tip to help reduce this is to have a tight seal between the mask and your skin. Some masks have a metal wire running through them. You need to pinch the wire almost together at the centre which creates a tighter seal around your nose.
  • Secondly push the mask flatter with your fingers pushing down on your checks. Once again forming a better seal.
  • Finally pull the mask under your chin. Then push down either side of your mouth flattening the mask to form a better seal.

Top tips – Lenses

As an Essilor lens specialist practice we have access to the very best in lens technology. Essilor’s answer to the steaming up problem is a lens system called Optifog®.

Optifog® is a smart and unique anti-fog system, combining two elements.  A lens with anti-fog top layers and a smart cloth with anti-fog molecules.
Optifog®  is both a fog-free and clear lens at the same time. Besides repelling fog, it offers protection against reflections, scratches and UV rays. The Optifog Smart Textile cloth has the power to ACTIVATE the top layers of the Optifog lens. It also prevents droplets that would usually inhibit vision spread uniformly across the lens. All in an invisible and fog-free layer.

Highly technological yet very easy to use, the Optifog Smart Textile cloth is designed for daily use. It will provide maximum anti-fog performance with Optifog lenses, while simplifying users’ daily lives.

Please note that the Smart Textile cloth is recommended for daily use. It should not be washed and should be changed every three months. The Crizal lens coating system also repels larger water molecules such as rain. Whereas Optifog® works better for fine water molecules such as from breathing.

Hopefully we have helped with answering the newest question around! “How To Stop Your Glasses Steaming Up Wearing A Mask”. Please contact the practice if you would like any more information about these products.

 

 

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