How to manage multiple prescriptions and make the most of your hobbies

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For many of us, eye glasses have become a juggling act. While a pair for reading, a set for golf, and another for driving may be necessary, there is no avoiding the frustration that comes with requiring multiple pairs of glasses – especially if you are prone to forgetting where you’ve left them.

This frustration hasn’t gone unnoticed by Adlens and we’ve created a solution that could help thousands of people across the world.

We have created Adlens Adjustables; an  innovative technologywhere you can simply change the focus of one pair of glasses to match your vision requirements. Providing near, intermediate, and distance vision at the turn of a dial, they eliminate the need for multiple eyewear – and the need to turn your house upside down every time you wish to read a newspaper or play a round of golf.

Let’s take a closer look at how they work in everyday life.

Wearing glasses when reading

Whether it involves burying yourself in the latest blockbuster or keeping up-to-date with current affairs, reading is a popular pastime that requires sharp near distance vision.

With Adlens Adjustables, you have the ability to set your glasses to the strength that will allow you to focus on exactly what it is front of you – which is super handy as more and more publications explore different fonts and text sizes.

Wearing glasses to play golf

Seasoned golfers will know that golf is a game of two distances; the long drive from the tee and the short putt on the green.

In the past, two distances would have meant two sets of glasses – a distance pair for driving and an intermediate pair for putting. With Adlens Adjustables, golfers can use one pair for both distances, adjusting the strength to suit each distance and avoiding the last minute dash to find both sets of glasses before teeing off.

And with both clear and tinted lenses available, you don’t even have to worry about a sudden burst of sunshine throwing you off your game.

Knitting & Crocheting with glasses

The arts of knitting and crochet are enjoying a renaissance period, with more and more people, from books clubs to college societies, taking up the craft to create bespoke gifts and socialise.

But as we get a little older, it can become increasingly difficult to focus on some of the intrinsic stiches and hooks – especially when we want to also focus on our overall creation.

With adjustable eyewear, you can easily change your focus to examine the detailed stitches and view your finished product. Instead of fumbling around to change your glasses, a simple turn of the dial will allow you to see both within seconds.

Whatever your hobbies, adjustable eyewear from Adlens can help you maximise the time you spend on them by eliminating the need for multiple pairs, putting the power of focus back in your hands.

Suffer from headaches? You might need glasses

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All of us get headaches every now and again.

But although it’s perfectly natural to experience headaches from time to time, if you find that you frequently get them or that any headache you do have are closely linked to certain activities such as reading or driving, it could be a sign of eye strain, which could mean that you need to start wearing glasses (or have your prescription changed).

What is eye strain?

As you might have guessed from the name, eye strain is a term which is frequently used to refer to a group of uncomfortable, and sometimes painful symptoms which are related to the overuse of the eyes, such as nonspecific soreness of the eyes, mild tearing or dryness, blurring of vision, soreness in the back of the neck and head and headaches being only a few of them.

Eye strain can be brought on by a range of factors, such as refractive errors in the eye, but more often than not, your eyes will be tired simply because they have been overworked, such as when you read for too long or look at your computer screen for an extended period of time.

Whilst eye strain is uncomfortable, and can bring on some unpleasant headaches, there is no evidence to suggest that eye strain causes any structural damage to the eye itself.

How can it be treated?

Even though it doesn’t cause any damage to your eyes, it’s a good idea to have an eye strain properly diagnosed and treated to help alleviate any discomfort experienced as a result of it.

There are a few things you can do to help reduce and manage your eye strain yourself, such as adjusting the lighting while reading, or increasing the resolution of your computer screen.

But if any of these fail to alleviate your eye strain, you should make an appointment with your nearest optometrist as you may need glasses, or a change in your current prescription to help correct the problem.

4 risk factors for sun damage to your eyes

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There are certain factors that can make UV exposure greater, therefore increasing your risk of sun damage (any kind of sun damage). We’ve put together a list of five things to be aware of when you’re trying to decide whether to get the sunglasses out:

1. Time of Day

In most areas of the world, the sun rises in the morning, and falls in the evening. The time that the sun is at the highest point in the sky (which will vary depending on country and season) is when the UV is strongest. This is often why people are advised to stay in the shade around lunchtime in hot countries, to avoid over-exposure.

2. Altitude

Altitude refers to how high up you are, for example if you were on a mountain or ski slope. The higher up you are, the thinner the air is, making UV rays less ‘diluted’. If you’re an avid hiker, a ski-bunny or just happen to live in an area on high ground, always make sure you’re wearing relevant sunglasses/goggles.

3. Geographic location

As the Earth is titled on an axis, it makes sun rays strongest at the equator. This is why weather in countries on the Equator is generally hotter and more consistent throughout the year. This can be very attractive to people looking for a holiday with guaranteed sun, but it increases the risk of sun damage.

4. Environment

Although you may know that where you are in the world has an impact on sun intensity, your actual environment is also important.  People often fail to realise the danger of the sun on ski trips; they don’t tend to associate the sun with the cold. Anyone who skis regularly though knows the importance of proper ski goggles as well as high SPF sun block. Not only is it a higher altitude due to being on a mountain, the white snow reflects the sun, causing more radiation pointing towards your eyes.

UV radiation and your eyes

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In the months leading up to summer, the public are often bombarded with messages about protecting their skin from “harmful UV rays” by wearing sunblock with the appropriate SPF factor. Although this is excellent, and necessary, advice warnings about how UV radiation and your eyes are often forgotten.

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UV light can come from a variety of sources, including fluorescent lighting and welder’s flash, but the primary source is of course the sun. Just as sun damage can cause problems with your skin, your eyes are unable to avoid the long term effects of sun exposure. Other than having to squint to see, here are some of the risks of sun damage to your eyes:

Photoconjunctivitis

The conjunctiva is the membrane on the inside of the eyelid and eyesocket, and sun damage can lead to photoconjunctivitis. This is when the membrane becomes inflamed, similar to sunburn, and can cause a lot of pain for the person. Thankfully, this condition is temporary and doesn’t cause any permanent damage. Photokeratitis is a similar condition, where the cornea of the eye becomes inflamed.

Macular degeneration

Although macular degeneration is normally considered an age-related condition, sun damage is thought to increase your risk of developing it. Macular degeneration refers to damage of the retina that leads to vision loss and UV radiation can easily damage the retinal tissue through overexposure.

Cataracts

Cataracts are when the lens in your eye becomes cloudy and is the leading cause of blindness in the entire world. Although surgery is an option to remove cataracts, it’s worth taking the necessary precautions to avoid getting them in the first place. It’s thought that cataracts are made worse from UVB exposure (the type of ultra violet radiation that leads to sunburn and skin cancer).

Understanding how your actions can affect your future eyesight allows you to make smart decisions about your lifestyle. Always wear eyewear with the appropriate protection, even if it isn’t that sunny, just bright, as UV rays still get through the clouds. Our Adlens Sundials are available to those who need prescription sunglasses.