CooperVision’s latest contact lens may be the cure for your digital eye strain

Image used with permission of the copyright holder. The must-have item at CES 2017 might not be gadget-related — if you wear contact lenses, that is. Contact lens maker CooperVision is unveiling its latest innovation at the show: a contact lens it claims fights eye strain caused by staring at your computer monitor for too long.

Biofinity Energys are monthly wear lenses with a specialized design that CooperVision calls “Digital Zone Optics”. The contact has multiple aspherical curves across the front of the lens itself, which reduces strain as the wearer moves their eye between looking at a closer computer screen and objects further in the distance.

The lens also has better moisture retention than standard contact lenses. We tend to blink less when using digital devices, which affects the way our body keeps our eyes moist. Called Aquaform, the technology binds water to the lens itself, which in theory should increase the hydration, breathability and softness of the lens, CooperVision says.

While the contact lens makes its CES debut Tuesday night at a press conference, CooperVision says more than 7,000 optometry offices have already fitted patients with the new lenses. While they may not be for everyone, the company says Biofinity Energys are aimed at those of us who use digital devices a lot.

“There is no reason why eye fatigue and dryness should be the ‘new normal’ for the millions of contact lens wearers who stare at screens throughout the day,” said Dr. Michele Andrews, senior director of CooperVision. “Trying to change people’s behavior by asking them to reduce their use of digital devices or change the way they interact with screens has limited value.”

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While most contact lens wearers should be able to pick up a pair if the contact lens fits them well, some wearers may need to wait a little longer to reduce eye strain. For those with astigmatism, “toric” lenses are not yet available. A spokesperson for CooperVision tells Digital Trends that the company first focused on bringing a traditional spherical lens to market. This is likely due to the fact that astigmatism correcting contacts are subtly different in design from traditional contacts.

Regardless, for those of us who have to stare at a computer screen all day, something like these new contact lenses are sure to be a sight for sore eyes (no pun intended).

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