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They say that necessity is truly the mother of invention. Let’s rephrase that saying for the sake of this article and say: computer and digital device users with dry eyes (necessity) may appreciate the Bausch + Lomb’s new ULTRA contact lenses with MoistureSeal technology (invention), especially this device user currently writing this article. But first, what are dry eyes?

A Little Medical Background

Working on computers and other digital devices can cause intense eyestrain and less blinking that can lead to a condition known as “dry eye.” This happens when there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. According to Dr. Uchino, an ophthalmologist at the School of Medicine at Keio University in Tokyo and author of a new study on technology and dry eyes,

“When we stare at computers, our blinking times decreased compared to reading a book at the table.” He goes on to say, “people staring at screens also tend to open their eyelids wider than while doing other tasks, and the extra exposed surface area in addition to infrequent blinking can accelerate tear evaporation and is associated with dry eye disease.”

How Bad Can It Get?

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), dry eyes can be extremely uncomfortable and can actually develop into a chronic disease if not treated correctly. The AOA states, “advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye, and impair vision.” Sounds pretty painful, but there is hope.

What Can 24/7 Computer and Digital Device Users Do To Lessen The Burden Of Dry Eyes?

For those of us who literally make a living staring at our computers and digital devices all day, there are a few solutions including new contact lens technology to help us battle the dreaded dry eye:

  • The 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds or more and look at an object 20 feet away or more.
  • Try lubricating eye drops, but talk to your eye care professional first before using these products.
  • Or try the Bausch+Lomb ULTRA contact lenses with MoistureSeal Technology, the newest wave of lenses geared towards the computer and mobile device user (again, discuss this option with your eye care professional first.)

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According to Dr. Uchino’s study sited above, spending excessive time on digital devices may cause you to blink less, which could contribute to your average silicone hydrogel contact lens drying out – hence the potential for dry eyes. The MoistureSeal helps prevent lens dehydration (up to 16 hours) caused by reduced blinking. The technology encompasses four layers:

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  • The first layer is a unique molecular matrix claiming to be more flexible and have greater oxygen transport than the average contact lens.
  • The second layers houses polymers that supposedly attract 4x more water than the average contact lens.
  • The third layer holds this high moisture content (95%) up to 16 hours.
  • The fourth layer is the Bausch+Lomb ULTRA that helps prevent glare, halo, and blurred vision.

So Do They Work?

Here is a link to the Bausch+Lomb website with data supporting this new technology, multi-site study information (seven years in the making), as well as a link to a free trial where you can wear the lenses for one month to see for yourself if they are right for you. And in this case, seeing is truly believing.

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