After many years of enjoying fighter pilot vision, i.e 20-15, I finally had to break down. To paraphrase our first president: “my eyes have grown weary.” Fortunately for George Washington, Benjamin Franklin had already invented the bifocals!
Being in the business technology arena staring at computer screens for many years is certainly not helping the situation. If you are like me, you can’t push the computer monitor any further away, and it’s embarrassing to ask a friend to hold the smart phone so you can read a text!
So I visited an optometrist for the first time in several years. Wow how their technology has changed! All sorts of cool new machines. They took pictures of the inside of my eyes that can detect early stages of macular degeneration and even cancer. Amazing.
No longer could I impress them with reading the “printed in China” small print on the eye chart, however, so they lined me up to choose from a variety of “high tech” glasses. Long have we come from Benjamin Franklin’s first bifocal lens! Digital lenses? Instead of on reading for your eyesight, now they have five different settings throughout the plane of polycarbonate spectacles.
One of the coolest pieces of technology that I thought could help anyone who uses computers, tablets, and smart phones (whether for business or pleasure) is a coating available on the lens that filters a specific hue of blue produced by the computer screen. The eye doc told me studies have shown this technology may prevent or delay things like macular degeneration. It also works as a UV protectant while you go outside, and actually helps you read more clearly when you are outside.
So, what’s a business leader to do with all the blinking and winking a computer screen flashes at you?
- Take care of your eye health, and get a check up
- Learn about opportunities to keep your eyes smiling, even if you are staring at the tiny print on an Excel™ spreadsheet
- If your computer screen is blurry, maybe you need to see and optometrist…or maybe you need to see us!
As always, we are here to help with all your technology worries. If it’s not your computer monitor, then we’ll refer you to one of Colorado Springs’s finest optometrists!