Prescribing for the accommodative demands of screen addiction


Dr Thomas Gosling OD, optometrist: 1 interactive CET Point

The goal of this presentation is to show how the way we view the world has changed in a very short period of time. We will go through the new distances we view screens especially now that we carry around portable computers in our pockets, laptops and tablets in our backpacks. The increased visual demands from these devices is causing an epidemic of digital eye strain (DES), especially within our millennial generation.

This presentation goes through the symptoms of DES and explains why they occur. Reviews questions that should be asked about visual digital demands throughout the day. We will define DES and explain why this is just computer vision syndrome (CVS) on steroids.

We will go into the new lens genre of “boost” lenses that are designed with a small amount of relaxing power to help relieve the stress of DES throughout the day. I will explain how the lens manufacturers position their lens powers differently and how they suggest prescribing them.

Lastly, we will go into the subgroup that is best suited for “boost” lenses. This Millennial generation (born between 1980-2000- 18-38y.o.) is tech savvy and the largest group of our workforce. They are the most loyal once established, they are number one at referring friends and they are becoming the generation of biggest spenders. With the visual demand of digital devices only on the rise and technology constantly evolving, we need to be more aware of our patient’s needs. Looking more closely at our patient’s device usage and if symptoms of DES are present is key. When needed, this new group of “boost” lenses are the perfect fit.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the problem: Changes in visual demands have dramatically increased over the past 10 years. These new demands are leading to new stresses on the visual system. Digital eye strain (DES) is becoming a significant part of our world, especially with millennials.
  • Understanding the signs and symptoms of digital eye strain: It is important for doctors and opticians to Know their patient’s visual digital demands and correlate them with the symptoms of DES. Understanding this correlation will help allow the best lens design to be prescribed.
  • Understanding the “boost” lens genre: We will go through many different lens manufacturers lenses that are designed for accommodative relief.We will look at their powers and how they suggest you prescribe them. Understanding that these lenses are “tools” that can benefit the younger generation that is so tech savvy.
  • Re-thinking single vision lenses: Understanding that SV lenses are prescribed for children, young adults (millennials) and presbyopes that don’t want to wear progressives. Of this group, Millennials are the largest and most prone to DES. We will discuss this opportunity for a whole new area of focus to help bring relief of DES to those that need it. Practice growing solutions.

This piece of CET is approved for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians


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