Today’s digital world is increasingly visual, but our obsession with our smartphones and tech gadgets means a generation suffering from eyestrain – until now. As a busy journalist and startup owner who is constantly glued to my screen, I recently switched to Essilor Eyezen™ lenses and noticed the difference straight away.
When I was first approached to try the lenses, I wondered how they could be any different to my existing spectacles or contact lenses. After all, I’ve been short-sighted my entire life and pretty much legally blind without my glasses. On top of this, over the years my taste in glasses have always been a bit hit and miss, which meant I started favouring contact lenses more. But horror struck last year when increased use resulted in inflammation of my right eye and ulcerative lesions, which was both agonising and almost fatal to my eye. It made me re-evaluate my contact lens care and my love-hate relationship with glasses. So when Eyezen™ claimed they were leaders in protecting the eyes from strain and fatigue, I was immediately intrigued.
Having my eyes tested at Forestway Optometry in Glenrose by optometrist Barney Hon, I was relieved to find my eyesight had actually improved, and had been overprescribed by previous optometrists. With the new prescription, optical dispenser Sean Langton helped me pick the right glasses to suit my face shape, lifestyle and personality. And he certainly had his work cut out because I am extremely picky when it comes to the right fit. As a person who is seriously into fashion, I also wanted something that is comfortable yet stylish at the same time.
After trying on about a dozen options, I trusted Sean’s fashion forward style and extensive optical knowledge and finally settled on a pair that felt super lightweight, looked cool and fit beautifully to my face structure and eye shape. Sean then gave me a full lens consultation and measure before ordering my brand new pair.
When they were ready to pick up, I was thrilled to try them on and straight away felt my vision was sharper and clearer than my previous glasses. Sean assured me the Eyezen™ lenses are like ‘home slippers for the eyes’ - you just feel so comfortable wearing them and they get more and more comfortable over time, and it’s true, they are the best lenses I have ever had in my 30 years battling with hit and miss eyewear.
Since receiving my new Eyezen™ pair, I have really enjoyed the comfort the new glasses have given me. I can work and play on technology devices for hours and my eyes don’t strain. I can switch back and forth between checking my social pages on my smartphone to watching catch up TV on my tablet, to writing articles on my laptop, and my eyes don’t have that ‘pained pull’ feel I used to have with my previous specs.
The great thing is that even if you don't have a prescription, these lenses are still brilliant for taking away eyestrain, which means anyone can enjoy them. This is because Eyezen™ lenses have a specially enhanced 'power boost' feature on the lower section of each lens, which helps ease strain, particularly as we tend to hold our phones etc fairly close. On top of this, Eyezen™ lenses selectively filter the blue-violet light you normally get from digital devices that reduces screen contrast and can cause discomfort. This means less eye fatigue for anyone who is always looking at small text on their mobile devices – which is fantastic news to anyone like me who is hooked on technology every day for hours.
What’s also functional is that these lenses have made me embrace wearing glasses a lot more often now, as my previous glasses felt heavy, bulky and just not quite right. For someone who has short-sightedness who needs good old bottle-size lenses, the material I was recommended for my Eyezen™ makes them so unbelievably thin and light.
So if you love technology devices but are also keen on looking after your eye health, Essilor Eyezen™ is a real saviour. I’m loving my new, stylish glasses and have enjoyed every day of wear from them. If you’re interested in a pair of glasses that can ease strain and fatigue, book an eye check with an optometrist who recommends Essilor lenses to see how Eyezen™ can help keep your sight safe.