How to Wear a Face Mask with Glasses

Wearing a face mask is a crucially important part of stopping the spread of COVID-19, but if you wear eyeglasses, it can be a challenge to wear both comfortably. Here are a few tips for wearing both a face mask and eyeglasses. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

With face masks being essential to containing the COVID-19 crisis, it is critical to learn how to wear them effectively and comfortably. If you also wear eyeglasses, wearing a face mask can be particularly difficult, since it is very easy for the lenses to fog up due to the fact that the breath is channeled upwards through the mask and towards the eyes. It is particularly common when going from a warm outdoor environment into an air-conditioned shop. You might have to remove your glasses to clear them, but if you don’t have access to hand sanitizer or can’t wash your hands, it might not be safe to touch your face.

Nevertheless, it might be safer to wear glasses than contact lenses in the current climate, so knowing how to wear your glasses with a face mask can help reduce your risk of exposure to the virus. Here are a few tips that will help you wear your mask and your glasses safely.

  • Find a mask with a built-in nose bridge. Because standard medical masks and homemade masks tend to be structured in a way that encourages the breath to flow upwards towards glasses. However, masks with nose bridges fit more securely on the face, so that the breath doesn’t escape upward and fog up glasses.

  • Make sure your glasses are over your mask. If you don’t want to buy a new mask or masks, try to wear your glasses over the mask material so that your breath doesn’t escape.

  • Place a tissue inside your mask across your nose. The tissue can help to block and absorb the moisture from your breath and prevent fogging.

  • Cleanse your glasses with a mild soap. If your glasses don’t have a special coating that could be easily damaged (check with your optician), an effective trick for anti-fogging is washing your glasses with a gentle soap and carefully drying them completely. The film that is left on the lenses acts as an anti-fogging agent.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is honored to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

What Are the Benefits of Mirrored Sunglasses (Besides Looking Unbelievably Cool)?

Mirrored sunglasses have been a fashion trend for decades, but do they offer any real benefit to eye health, or do they just look great? Here are a few of the pros and cons of mirrored sunglasses styles. OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Most people opt to wear mirrored sunglasses because they appreciate the aesthetics, but they also offer optical benefits. The mirrored surface, which is a thin metallic veneer, alters how light is reflected and filtered through the lenses, so they can improve your ability to recognize different colors outdoors. But there are other benefits to mirrored sunglass lenses. Here are a few.

Mirrored Sunglasses Benefits

  • Mirrored lenses offer enhanced UV protection. The mirrored surface is better at reflecting UV rays away from the eyes than standard lenses, which is why mirrored surfaces are often used in sunglasses and goggles designed for use in high altitude environments, while engaging in activities in bodies of water, or in snowy conditions.
  • Mirrored lenses are very sturdy. This is due to the fact that they require several layers of reflective coating to achieve the desired result and finish. This makes them exceptionally resistant to scratches.
  • Mirrored lenses are great at reducing glare. This makes mirrored sunglasses especially good for driving, when glare can compromise safety.
  • Mirrored lenses hide eyes effectively. If you happen to be in circumstances where you’d prefer not to have your eyes visible, mirrored sunglasses are essential. They are often used by high-stakes poker players for just this reason.

While mirrored lenses are great for a variety of conditions, there are also a few drawbacks. Here are some of the disadvantages of mirrored sunglasses.

Mirrored Sunglasses Drawbacks

  • Mirrored lenses reflect light. While this is great for the person wearing mirrored lenses, it might not be so great for people in the vicinity of the reflected light. If you are going to be in circumstances where the light from your lenses might make people around you physically uncomfortable, you might want to avoid wearing them.
  • Mirrored lenses can make the coating extra dark. Mirrored surfaces enhance the darkness of tinted lenses. If you don’t want your lenses to be extra dark for safety reasons, mirrored lenses might not be for you.
  • Mirrored lenses show mild scratches. While mirrored lenses are more durable than standard lenses, in the event they do get scratched, the reflected coating makes the scratches far more visible than they are with tinted lenses. This can destroy the look of your sunglasses.

Whether you prefer standard tinted lenses or mirrored lenses, OptiExpress offers a wide variety of fabulous eyewear brands in both South Florida locations.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is honored to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

Proper Eyewear Maintenance – How to Protect Your Investment

Excellent eyeglasses aren’t cheap, so it’s important to know how to take care of them so that they last for the length of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about ensuring the longevity of your glasses. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

If you have a great pair – or set – of high-quality designer eyewear, you want them to last as long as possible. This not only helps you ensure the best functionality of your glasses, but it also helps you save money, since you won’t have to replace them as often. It’s also a sustainable strategy, because buying inexpensive glasses several times per year increases waste.

Here are a few practices you should adopt if you want to extend the life and beauty of your glasses.

  • Avoid scratching lenses. Keeping your glasses scratch-free starts with keeping them in the case when you don’t need to wear them. This includes while applying beauty and grooming products (hairsprays, body sprays and perfumes, and any creams or astringents that could get transferred to the lenses). Topical products can erode lenses, so it’s best not to even have them exposed while you’re applying them, especially if they’re being sprayed. Making sure your glasses are always in their case protects them from accidental cracks, scratches, and breaks.

  • Clean your glasses properly. Did you know that the oils on your skin can leave a residue on your frames over time and eventually damage them? Washing your glasses gently but thoroughly approximately every month can help keep the buildup at bay. Start by running your glasses under a gentle stream of warm – not hot – water. Use a tiny amount of moisturizer-free dish detergent and gently cleanse the frames and lenses with your fingers. Thoroughly rinse your glasses, removing all traces of detergent. Finish by drying your glasses with a microfiber towel.

  • Always purchase well-made eyewear. Your initial eyewear investment is as important as your maintenance strategies in determining the longevity of your glasses. OptiExpress offers a wide variety of beautifully crafted designer eyewear from some of the world’s most recognizable brands. Some of the eyewear brands we offer includes Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, and more.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

Going Back to (Virtual) School – Does Constant Reading and Screen Time Harm Vision?

With the majority of classes occurring online thanks to concerns about the COVID-19 crisis, students are experiencing even more screen time than what would have been required in previous semesters. How is this additional reliance on screens – combined with reading traditional books – affecting our vision? Here’s what you need to know about eye fatigue. OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Although classes currently aren’t in-person, and likely won’t be for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean that students are no longer pursuing their academic obligations. With online classes and video conferencing being the new classrooms, exposure to screens has increased significantly, which means an increase in the likelihood of digital eyestrain. Moreover, students will also have to read volumes of traditional texts, which might contribute to additional eye fatigue.

Recognizing Eye Fatigue

It is critically important to address any sudden and significant changes in vision, or any sudden eye pain, discomfort, or redness, immediately by visiting an optometrist or a full-service eye care center. Nevertheless, if you are experiencing headaches, neck pain, blurred vision, dry eyes, or eye strain after spending hours working on the computer, you likely have eye fatigue.

Eye fatigue commonly occurs because constant exposure to digital screens triggers a physiological “no blink” response, leading to dry eye and discomfort. Additionally, blue light from LED screens contributes to eyestrain because blue light waves force the eyes to engage in a more prolonged state of focus than with printed text. This overuse can lead to discomfort.

Fortunately, this in itself doesn’t lead to permanent vision loss (it’s a myth that being a bookworm or heavy reader can harm vision), but persistent discomfort and dry eyes can leave them susceptible to infections.

While reading on a computer screen causes the eyes to strain quickly, reading books or printed text for hours at a time is an extremely common cause of eyestrain, particularly if done in a poorly lit room.

Strategies for Relieving Eye Fatigue

When you must spend hours at your computer or just studying printed materials for an extended period of time, try to periodically relieve your eyes in the following ways:

  • Take breaks. Make sure to physically get up from your position and move around. Not only does this give your eyes relief, it helps facilitate circulation throughout your body.

  • Remember to blink. Blinking is normally an automatic response, but staring at computer screens for long stretches inhibits our own blinking instincts. Do your best to try to blink a few times every five minutes.

  • Use the 20/20/20 rule. The 20/20/20 rule is taking a break every 20 minutes for 20 seconds to look at an object 20 feet away.

  • Make sure your computer screen lighting is comfortable. Your computer screen lighting should be at the same level of brightness as your surroundings. When your computer is significantly brighter than your ambient light, you are more likely to experience eye strain.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is proud to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for over two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

Round Eyeglasses: Retro Style with a Modern Twist

Styles come and go – and come back again! Round vintage-inspired glasses are the latest eyewear trend to make a resurgence into eyewear fashion. Here’s why round frames have become the hottest eyewear trend. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Every season, certain fashions make a glorious comeback, and this year it’s vintage-inspired round eyeglass frames.

This eyewear style was originally popularized in the 1920s – they were the standard frame shape for men’s and women’s glasses. Over the decades, these frames have come back into vogue while simultaneously becoming iconic for every decade they’ve made an appearance; in the 1950s they were famously worn by the fashion icon Edith Head (who may have been inspired by the 1920’s Japanese artist Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita). In the 1960s, they were widely worn by hippies and counterculture icons, as well as some of the world’s most famous tastemakers thanks in large part to the influence of John Lennon. In the 1970s, round frames had gotten larger, and were widely worn by women as oversized fashion sunglasses. By the later 20th century, round glasses were falling out of fashion, and didn’t make a resurgence until the 1990s rediscovery of hippie couture.

Today, round frames are in large part a callback to the 1920s – possibly because it’s been 100 years since they first became popular, possibly due to the influence of historically influenced TV and film, like the popular Peaky Blinders and Downton Abbey. Whatever the reason, they’re back in a big way!

Round Eyeglasses Styles

Round eyeglasses are curved in equal or nearly equal proportion all the way around. Metal frames tend to recall the fashions of the 1920s, while acetate frames are more inspired by the 1950s-and-beyond. Some of the designer brands producing the most stunning round eyeglasses are Ray-Ban, Joseph Marc, and Derek Cardigan.

Which Face Shapes do Round Glasses Flatter?

Round eyeglasses tend to suit faces that are more on the angular and sharp side. (Full, round faces tend to look fuller and rounder in round glasses.) If you have a triangular, square, or oval face, you will likely be flattered by round glasses.

However, a bold design can make a statement regardless of face shape. Even if you have a round face, brightly colored and brash frames can look fantastic if you have the confidence to carry it off!

If you want to find your perfect pair of glasses, regardless of whether they’re round, square, browline, cat’s eye, or whichever shape you want, OptiExpress offers a gallery of designer frame styles guaranteed to meet your expectations.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is honored to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

Computer Vision Syndrome: What You Should Know

What is computer vision syndrome, and how does it affect eyesight? The following article discusses this common eye condition, its causes, and how it is treated. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Digital eye strain, also commonly known as computer vision syndrome, consists of a variety of symptoms that are directly or indirectly triggered by consistent-to-excessive exposure to blue light from digital screens from either computers or TVs (LED lights and sunlight can also exacerbate the condition). The symptoms tend to appear when the threshold of seven hours of computer screen exposure is reached, though everyone is unique, and may experience discomfort only after considerably more daily exposure.

Computer Vision Syndrome Symptoms

People experience computer vision syndrome in several ways, including:

  • Visual fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain

Computer vision syndrome is believed to be caused by visual system overuse exacerbated by blue light exposure. The result is a loss of ocular flexibility, efficiency, and stamina, which results in the onset of the above symptoms.

Preventing and Treating Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome is one of the top complaints reported to eye care professionals. The symptoms have a considerable impact on the sufferer’s ability to complete work assignments, study, read, and overall wellbeing. To reduce computer vision syndrome symptoms or prevent them from occurring, here are a few tips.

  • Have your eyes checked by an eye care professional. Having a comprehensive eye examination will establish what the causes of ocular discomfort are, whether you need corrective lenses, and if you are at risk for any eye-related medical conditions. If you are found to be suffering from computer vision syndrome, your eye care professional may provide you with a prescription that reduces discomfort.

  • Blink more. It has been found that people who spend a great deal of time in front of a screen blink less than when they are not exposed to digital screens. When you increase your blink rate, you can lessen dryness and discomfort.

  • Take periodic breaks from the screen. Uninterrupted, hours-long screen exposure can exacerbate computer vision syndrome. Do your best to take a break from the screen approximately every 20 minutes, either by stepping away from the screen for 30 seconds (which will also help with lower body circulation). You can also use the 20-20-20 technique, which involves focusing on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.

  • Invest in computer glasses. Blue light blocking glasses are a great tool for reducing your exposure to blue light, and can reduce the effects of eye strain. Blue light glasses are available in prescription, non-prescription, and reader lenses.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been named one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists for three consecutive years. He has practiced in South Florida for over two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

Why Prescription Sunglasses Should be Part of Your Eyewear Collection

Do you have prescription sunglasses? For those who wear corrective lenses, prescription sunglasses can offer numerous benefits. Here are a few reasons why you should consider getting prescription sunglasses at your next visit to the optometrist. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

While transition lenses – eyewear that shifts from clear to darkened in the sunlight – are becoming increasingly popular, people don’t typically invest in prescription sunglasses for a variety of reasons, many of which might not be entirely sound. Here are a few reasons why prescription sunglasses are great additions to anyone’s eyewear collection.

  • Prescription sunglasses are largely inexpensive. Transition lenses are highly convenient, tech-forward vision correction and protection tools, but they can be quite expensive for the average consumer. Polarized prescription sunglasses with UV protection and anti-reflective coatings start at approximately $20. However, be aware that if you opt for progressive sunglasses, the average cost starts at roughly $110. (Progressive lenses are lenses that allow for near, mid-distance, and distance viewing.)

  • Prescription sunglasses are convenient. The majority of people who require vision correction have their prescription glasses and a pair of non-prescription sunglasses. Prescription sunglasses allow people to enjoy vision correction when outdoors and – most importantly – while driving.

  • Prescription sunglasses are great even for people who wear contact lenses. Contact lens wearers might wear non-prescription sunglasses with their contacts, but there are certain environments where contact lenses shouldn’t be worn, like at the beach or when swimming. Prescription sunglasses offer vision correction and proper UV protection in all outdoor conditions.

  • Prescription sunglasses come in a variety of styles. Prescription sunglasses can be acquired in nearly any glasses style except curved lens wraparound styles, which are limited in their prescription range capability. Prescription sunglasses are available in aviator styles, oversized fashion frames, wayfarer styles, or any frame design you can imagine.

  • Prescription sunglasses can be obtained in any prescription. Except for wraparound styles, sunglasses can come in a wide range of prescriptions, including progressive lenses. You can even get reader sunglasses for when you want to enjoy a good beach read!

  • Prescription sunglasses offer great UV protection. Persistent exposure to UV rays can lead to numerous eye conditions, from damaging the delicate skin of the eyelids and around the eyes, to making the eyes susceptible to macular degeneration, to cataracts and even certain cancers. When looking for prescription sunglasses, make sure the lenses offer 100 percent UV protection. Additionally, polarized sunglasses offer extra glare protection, which can help relieve the discomfort of being outdoors in the bright sunlight.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is honored to have been named be one of Ft. Myers’s premier eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

What are Vision Ergonomics? Here’s How to Make Your Workspace Eye-Friendly

We think of ergonomics as the science of setting up a room so that it requires minimal energy expenditure to navigate comfortably and effectively. However, visual ergonomics aren’t as widely embraced. Here’s how you can make your workspace healthier for your eyes. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Your workspace has a significant effect on your visual health.

If you spend hours every day staring at a digital screen, surrounded by LED lights, and sitting in a cramped office chair, your vision could be suffering. While we often think of ergonomic design as a solution designed to preserve the health of our musculoskeletal system, ergonomic eye design can help keep our vision clear and healthy.

With many workplaces still requiring their office workforce to work remotely, it can be difficult for workers unused to working from home to create a workstation that is optimal for visual health. However, here are a few strategies for creating a visually ergonomic environment.

  • Get the right lighting. Sufficient comfortable light will help you to avoid or significantly reduce the eyestrain that can accompany working in front of a computer screen. When the surrounding light is darker than the computer screen, eyes become more vulnerable to strain.

  • Block harmful blue light. The blue light from LED lighting, smartphones, computer screens, and TV screens can trigger headaches and visual blurriness, among other symptoms. Blue-blocking glasses can help mitigate the side effects of consistent blue light exposure.

  • Make sure your computer screen is approximately 25 inches from your face. Computer screen placement is very important for visual comfort. If you’re working from a desktop monitor, the screen should be positioned roughly 25 inches you’re your face – too close and the exposure is uncomfortable; too far and your eyes may be overworked from the distance. Also, for the most comfortable gaze, the center of the computer screen should be at a 15° angle from your eyes.

  • Adjust the size of the zoom. Make sure the text on the screen is large enough to view comfortably if 25 inches from the screen makes reading difficult.

  • Subdue the glare. Glare from computer screens can strain the eyes, trigger headaches, and dry, itchy eyes. A matte computer screen can help reduce glare, as can eyewear with anti-reflective coating.

  • Take periodic breaks. Staring at computer screens for numerous uninterrupted hours isn’t natural. Approximately every 20 minutes, take a break from the screen, and get up and walk around for 30 seconds. This helps prevent symptoms of continued screen exposure and facilitates lower body circulation.

  • Keep eyedrops handy. Eye lubricating drops can help prevent the symptoms of dry eye that result from staring at a computer screen.

Visiting an optometrist periodically to check your overall eye health is the best advice for keeping your eyes in good condition. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms, make an appointment with an eye doctor immediately.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been awarded the distinction of being named one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

Getting the Most From Your Eyewear: How to Clean and Maintain Your Glasses

Glasses for vision correction are more than just fashion accessories – they’re medical devices that have to be stored and cleaned properly to ensure optimal functionality. The following article discusses how you should care for your eyewear to keep them in pristine condition. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

We live in a world where most of the items we use on a daily basis are either disposable or recyclable. The consumer-driven market for inexpensive goods – many of which have obsolescence built right in – has, in a sense, caused consumers to deprioritize taking care of their possessions. Why should we? We can just toss them out and buy a newer, cheaper version!

However, for most of us, prescription lenses aren’t exactly cheap. Storing them in pockets, rubbing the lenses with Kleenex, or keeping them uncovered outdoors or on counters can damage them significantly. In order to keep your prescription eyewear in excellent shape for the length of your prescription, follow these tips for cleaning, disinfecting, and storing your glasses. (BTW – these are also great tips for maintaining non-prescription sunglasses!)

Cleaning and Disinfecting Glasses

Eyewear cleaning wipes are handy for keeping your glasses clean and sterile when you’re not at home, but they’re not ideal from an environmental perspective (they can generate a lot of waste). If you want to clean your glasses with products you have at home, here’s how.

  • Make a solution of water, rubbing alcohol and dish soap that is free of citric acid or moisturizers, which can damage lenses. Fill a spray container three-quarters full with rubbing alcohol, add two squirts of dish soap, and fill the bottle to the top with water.
  • Spray the solution on your glasses, and carefully wipe them dry with a microfiber cleaning cloth.

You can also wash your glasses in a sink with warm water and dish soap, but be sure to dry them very carefully, as this method allows water to get into the crevices and inside the frame.

The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Cleaning Glasses

  • Using clothing, paper towels, or facial tissue to clean the lenses.
  • Using window cleaner to clean lenses. Window cleaners contain ammonia and other harsh solutions that can degrade the finish.
  • Leaving glasses on the bathroom counter after they’ve been cleaned; hair spray and spray deodorants can get on the lenses and damage the coating.

Tips for Storing Eyewear

Keep your glasses protected from household dust and other particulate matter by keeping them in a case. The case also protects the lenses from being scratched and the frames from being bent. A hard case offers the most protection, but storing them in a microfiber pouch will nonetheless protect them from scratches. Never set your glasses lenses-side down.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is honored to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

What is Blue Light, and How Does it Affect Your Eyes?

Excessive exposure to blue light from computer screens can lead to digital eyestrain, headaches, and dry eyes. Here’s what you can do to keep your eyes protected. OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

There’s a lot of talk about blue light and how it can contribute to eye strain and discomfort. But what is it, really?

Natural light, or sunlight, consists of multiple colors that, when combined, ultimately produce the effect of white light. Each light – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet – has a different wavelength and different energy that changes along the spectrum, which is why these lights appear in that order when refracted in a prism and seen as a rainbow. Red light has the longest wavelength and the lowest energy, while blue and violet lights have the shortest wavelength and the highest energy.

Constant exposure to blue light is thought to trigger sleep disturbance and eyestrain. Sunlight has the highest level of blue light, followed by fluorescent bulbs and television and computer screens. While there is more blue light in sunlight than other light sources, daily sunlight exposure is finite – the sun eventually sets, after all. Computer screens and television exposure can occur 24 hours per day and don’t necessarily vary in brightness or intensity. This type of constant exposure might cause headaches, fatigue, dry eyes, and other symptoms that can erode quality of life and compromise vision.

But blue light isn’t all bad – it elevates feelings of alertness and wellbeing, and daytime exposure to blue light regulates the body’s circadian rhythm. In essence, some daily exposure to blue light is essential. However, persistent exposure to digital forms of blue light can be problematic in the long term. Here are a few things you can do to minimize the symptoms of blue light overexposure.

  • Minimize screen time. While many of us can’t reduce the amount of time we look at a computer screen if our work depends upon it, we can significantly reduce our amount of recreational screen time. Limit video games, social media time, and Netflix binge-watching if you experience symptoms of digital eye strain.
  • Attach screen filters. Screen filters can be attached to laptops, computer screens, and smartphones, and they can effectively lower the amount of blue light the retina absorbs.
  • Wear blue light blocking glasses. Blue light computer glasses offer protection when looking at smartphones or digital screens, and offer the added advantage of being portable.
  • Wear anti-reflective lenses. If you already require corrective eyewear, adding an anti-reflective coating can help not only reduce screen glare, but also reduce blue light from both natural sunlight and computer screens.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is proud to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading optometrists, having practiced for more than 20 years. To book an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.