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GUNNAR Supports Healthy Vision Month

 

May is Healthy Vision Month. If you are reading this, then you should be curious about healthy vision month. The reason for this is simple: you have eyes and you use them every day, all day and you are most likely reading this on a digital device screen. The reason this is important is that many people forget that not only is the eye surrounded by muscles, but it has its own rate of degeneration. However, like the National Eye Institute, GUNNAR Optiks is here to help.

Digital eye strain is not just an ergonomic issue. With your eyes continuously refocusing and repositioning themselves, not only does this affect the muscles but can lead to fatigue, dryness, irritation, and other vision problems. As this report from the Vision Council explains, digital eye strain is the most common computer-related repetitive strain injury, even more so than carpal tunnel and tendonitis.  We’re quick to slap on a wrist brace, so why aren’t we as quick to do something to protect our eyes?

According to the National Eye Institute, most people “often do not pay attention to their vision unless they notice a problem.” Part of it is sociological, part of it is just a lack of general education about the issue. Our eyes are responsible for delivering visual inputs to our brains – as if this isn’t obvious. Protecting them and ensuring that they are functioning without strain should be our first concern if we are staring at digital devices all day long. The Vision Council report mentioned above goes on to outline all the issues that can be caused by poor eye ergonomics including back and neck problems, headaches and blurred vision. All this can contribute to eventual vision problems in the non-digital areas of your life.

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So what can you do to prevent future eye problems and relieve current eye strain and stress?

The first step is to get an eye exam. This will quickly determine your overall eye health and if you need corrective lenses or not. Before you buy a pair of GUNNAR glasses, you’ll want to know if you need them in prescription or not. Most eye exams and prescription glasses (including GUNNARS) are covered in part by HSA/FSA benefits. Sure, there is a stigma attached to getting glasses but would you rather adhere to some vague social stereotype or see the world perfectly?

For many of us, our world is a constant series of monitors, backlit displays, tablets and mobile phones. From when we wake in the morning to when we turn off the light for the night. How many hours per day, per week do you spend in front of a digital screen? All this time, absorbing harsh light that our eyes haven’t properly adapted to defend against, can be a serious strain on the eyes. Even with corrective lenses, everyone using digital devices should consider the ergonomics of doing so.

Ergonomics isn’t just about making sure you are sitting up straight. In many corporate environments, ergonomics is a serious issue. Many employers (maybe even yours) goes to great lengths to not only educate their employees about proper ergonomics, but they may also provide you with the equipment you need to have the most ergonomic workstation. This can range from a proper chair, to wrist rests to a new pair of GUNNAR glasses.

Healthy Vision Month is a month to take stock of what your vision means to you and what you would do to protect it. From getting an eye exam, to setting yourself up at work in a visually ergonomic workstation and so on, visual health is just as important to your daily life as everything else you worry about. The difference is, finding a healthy resolve for your eyes might be as easy as a new pair of GUNNAR Optiks.

GUNNAR Optiks Adds New Styles to Available Prescription Frame Offering

GUNNAR Optiks, the world’s leading manufacturer of computer eyewear today announced that they have expanded their collection of prescription available styles in response to increasing demand for custom computer and gaming glasses. GUNNAR continues to focus on developing ergonomically correct solutions to accommodate both prescription and non-prescription digital users.

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One of the most annoying issues for those who wear prescription glasses has always been that of glare and being able to wear other protective lenses. Either the wearer switches to contacts to be able to wear things like gaming glasses or sunglasses, or they just live life without ever being able to switch off that horrible glare. Well, GUNNAR Optiks recognizes the portion of the population that wasn’t born with perfect eyesight and has expanded their line of Rx capable frames.

According to The Vision Council, “Digital eye strain is the most common computer-related repetitive strain injury, surpassing carpal tunnel and tendonitis.” They also note a University of Pennsylvania study that found that adults with prescription contact lenses and eyeglasses are more likely to experience symptoms of digital eye strain, including eye, neck and back pain. Experts attribute this to use of prescription eyewear that is not specifically designed for computer or screen viewing. GUNNAR Advanced Computer Eyewear is designed with proper visual ergonomics in mind and addresses specific issues related to digital viewing for people that require corrective lenses.

“As the worldwide leader in computer eyewear, our Rx offering shows our commitment to the hard core computer user,” says Joe Croft, Co-Founder of GUNNAR Optiks. We know that there are general purpose lenses that can be applied to computer use, but we’d compare that to wearing penny loafers to run a marathon. We encourage everyone to get appropriate GUNNARs for the task.”

There is a trend with prescription glasses in the business and gaming community; users are needing Rx lenses earlier and earlier in life. This is most likely due to the use of digital screens earlier in life than previous generations. While the baby boomers didn’t use digital screens full time until later in life, their grandchildren are born with an iPad in hand. This immediate digital influence on developing eyes has possibly caused a shift in the need for prescription lenses. It’s only a logical progression that GUNNAR glasses, already the go-to for protecting your eyes, would fully embrace the prescription market with adapting more of their popular styles for Rx. These styles will be available with GUNNAR Rx lenses or Carl Zeiss premium lenses.

carl_zeiss_visionGUNNARS prescription program is supported and administered by Carl Zeiss Vision, the worldwide leader in precision optics for the last 160 years. GUNNAR HD SINGLE VISION lenses incorporate Carl Zeiss Vision’s premium customized high-definition optics. With technically superior geometry optimized for each prescription, GUNNAR HD SINGLE VISION lenses deliver unsurpassed clarity and wider peripheral viewing without the compromises of traditional prescription lenses. Incorporating addition power, GUNNAR ERGO HD lenses combine Carl Zeiss Vision’s patented high-definition customized lens optics with GUNNAR’S ergonomically designed frames.

GUNNAR offers three options for purchasing custom prescription eyewear; visit a Carl Zeiss Vision authorized eye care provider, visit your personal eye care provider or order prescription GUNNARS online. GUNNAR prescription eyewear is covered by most vision insurance as well as HSA/FSA plans.

GUNNAR has added these four frames, in various colors and lens tints:

InterceptINTERCEPT (Amber tint; Onyx)

HausHAUS (Amber or Crystalline tint; Onyx, Tortoise, Onyx/Fade)

JouleJOULE (Amber or Crystalline tint; Onyx, Tortoise, Amethyst)

VayperVAYPER (Amber tint; Onyx, Mercury, Neptune)

As many prescription eyewear users can attest, they wear their glasses every waking hour. GUNNAR glasses are made to last and while some styles are definitely modeled for late night gaming sessions, many of the computer styles are designed for full-time everyday use. The Amber lenses are designed to block that harsh blue light from digital devices, while the Crystalline lenses are designed to relax and focus the eyes while allowing the full color spectrum to be visible to the user. Crystalline lenses are available in Rx, and aimed towards graphic designers and those who work in true color. Either way, both lenses are designed to protect your eyes every second the glasses are being worn.

As Megu Kobayashi, Director of Interactive Marketing for GUNNAR Optiks points out, Rx glasses can also be used in conjunction with contacts and non-Rx GUNNAR glasses.

“After a long day in front of digital screens with my contacts and non-prescription GUNNARS on, my prescription GUNNARs are a relief for when I get home and remove my contacts. They allow me to continue gaming into the night with no eyestrain.”

For some, that’s the opposite, for others that is just another perfect scenario for prescription GUNNAR glasses.

For more information and to view all the GUNNAR styles available with prescription lenses, please visit: https://www.gunnars.com/rx/