If you’re anything like us (and if you’re reading this, you probably are), you love staying connected.  Your laptop is your baby and your smartphone is your savvy sidekick.  Just the thought of leaving home without at least one of them is enough to make you sweat.  Don’t worry, we know all about it!

In today’s day and age, it’s normal to be a bit tech-obsessed and in our line of work, it’s actually required.  We need it to stay in-the-know!  Unless of course cool new trends, products and events start falling from the sky… But until then, we’re going to keep our tablets close and our smartphones closer.

But while we’d like to pretend that staring at a screen all day is totally healthy, we know that’s not the case.  The truth is, viewing tiny text on small screens and devices can cause your eyes to become tired and strained.  The blue-violet light emitted by digital devices can also cause damage to your retina and stop you from getting a good night's sleep.  

If you ask us, this is all pretty unfair.  Our work and social lives depend on the use of these devices and yet, we can’t stop them hurting us!  Or can we? According to the eye care professionals at Essilor Australia, there is a way you can prevent damage to your eyes and still get just as much screen time.  Hooray!  

Being a world leader in prescription lenses, Essilor are well known for their groundbreaking eyewear innovations and trusted for the quality of their products. Which brings us to their latest invention - Eyezen lenses, a new type of prescription lens that's said to be our greatest defence against the eyestrain that comes with the constant connection to digital devices.  In a nutshell, Eyezen lenses are special glasses that are specially enhanced with magnification in the lower portion of the lens so that your eyes don’t have to strain as much.  They also selectively filter that nasty blue-violet light that can seriously damage your eyes.  How great is that?

I knew I had to try this amazing invention out for myself.  The first step?  Get an eye test.  The optometrist I chose to go to was ‘Katz Eyes.  They were super helpful and the test didn’t take long at all. I had an in-depth consultation with their optometrist which I found to be incredibly informative as we discussed my eye test results and general eye health. I then chose my very own pair of Eyezen lenses in the frame of my choice.  Got to love that!

It’s been a week since I first started using these lenses and I’m surprised to say, the difference is enormous.  I can actually tell that my screen doesn’t look as bright when I stare at it and it’s sooo much easier on my eyes.  For the first time in forever my eyes don’t feel so tired or sore, which is something I’d just accepted as a part of life.  Well, not anymore!  

The best part is, you don’t even need prescription lenses. This technology can help relax and protect your eyes whether you wear prescriptions, contact lenses, or no glasses at all. Ultimately, my eyes aren’t so strained and I'm getting fewer headaches.  And whilst its still a good idea to take ‘screen breaks’, and there’s been no need to hit the headache pill drawer.  It’s been amazing!

If you love your digital devices but don’t want to damage your eyes anymore, we seriously recommend giving these lenses a go.  Head to the Essilor website for more information and to book your eye test today.

This post is a sponsored collaboration between Essilor and SWIISH.