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As much as we try to slow down our intake of technology, it can be very difficult, especially in a time where other activities are limited. As technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives it is hard not to rely on our devices whether it be for work, staying connected to family or friends or online entertainment platforms.

Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is an ever growing problem for people today. Side effects include blurred vision, headaches, fatigue and dry eyes. It occurs when we spend prolonged periods of time looking at screens, causing our eyes to feel strained and fatigued. 

Any technological screen emits blue light, which research has found can affect sleep patterns. 

New studies have shown that 70% of adults in New Zealand spend over 9 hours a day staring at a screen - whether it be computer, tablet, smart phone or television. Yes, this sounds like a lot! And although it's easy to simply say "spend less time on screens" for the many of us it's not that easy. However, there are ways that we can combat the issues that arise from screen time. 

Simple steps such as limiting ourselves to screen time by taking a break in the day and stepping outside or adjusting the distance of your eyes to the screen can make a world of difference. Creating new habits in this evolving world of technology is the best way to ensure you maintain great eye health. 

And while it is good to get into new habits around our screen time, it is also important that when we are using our screens we also protect our eyes; just like we do our skin in the sun.

Blue light glasses are a great way to filter out the blue light from all of our devices, resulting in less strain on the eyes - and you'll feel more energised after a day on your screen too!  

Blue light glasses don't have to be prescription. They are just plain lenses, with no prescription, but with the blue light filter incorporated for protection. Available both online and in-store for all ages, we have a variety of blue light screen glasses from the funky brand French eyewear brand IZIPIZI.

IZIPIZI has a range of glasses in all different colours and sizes, with a lightweight rubber feel. The IZIPIZI screen range filters 40% of the blue light, ensuring maximum protection of your eyes, so you can use your screens knowing your eyes are being looked after! 

We know that kids love their screen time, which is why it is so important that they are protecting their eyes, and everyone can feel stylish too! These frame styles come in both junior and adult sizes, meaning that there is a pair for everyone in the family! 

To view our range of IZIPIZI’s visit or visit our friendly team in-store in Christchurch, Queenstown & Wanaka.

To find out more tips for keeping your eyes healthy from our Principal Optometrist Danielle Ross visit “How much screen time is unhealthy for my eyes?” Danielle provides great tips for both adults and children on how to take care of eyes while we still enjoy all our technology.


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