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The Vision Council releases DES survey

1/5/2017

The Vision Council has released the results of a nationwide survey focusing on blue light and digital eye strain, as more than 165,000 attendees gather at this year’s CES global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow in Las Vegas, Jan. 5-8.

“The optical industry has recognized and responded to the increase in digital habits and has developed lens and coating technology to protect the eyes from blue light, glare, and other environmental stressors, ultimately to improve the way people see,” says Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “Consistent with its mission, The Vision Council is committed to educating the public that suffering from the effects of blue light exposure and digital eye strain does not have to be–and should not be–the norm.”

Key findings in the survey of 9,480 American adults nationwide include:
  • 68.5% of Americans report that they have not discussed their digital device usage with their eyecare provider.
  • 73.5% of respondents report that they did not know eyewear can be used to protect the eyes from the short- and long-term effects of blue light exposure and digital eye strain.
  • 87% use digital devices more than two hours per day and more than 52% regularly use two digital devices simultaneously.
  • 76.5% of parents indicate that their children receive more than two hours of screen time per day, and 55.6% say their children experience symptoms of digital eye strain after two hours of screen time.
  • 78.3% of parents are concerned about the impact of digital devices on their kids, but only 29.1% take their child for an annual eye exam as part of back-to-school preparation.
In response to the survey results, The Vision Council has launched a consumer outreach initiative focusing on the benefits of computer glasses and coatings, demonstrating the latest in eyewear technology, and offering solutions to minimize digital eye strain.

The Vision Council has announced plans to educate eyecare professionals about computer eyewear and lens coatings via sessions at Vision Expo East (March 30-April 2 in New York City).

Courses include "The Opportunities of Blue Light Technology" (26C3), "Blue Light Radiation—A Material Solution" (22O2), "Light, The Eye, and the Brain" (34O1), and "Beat the Blues—Inside and Out" (21C2).

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