Eyesight and the digital age

Amy’s eyes are now fit for the digital age and the great outdoors

From team building days with outdoor activities to first aid training and hill skills, Splat Training do the lot. Surrounded by beautiful countryside who could ask for a better workplace? Splat Training provides team building activities including herding sheep, and sampling Yorkshire ales. They also run courses on-hill skills for those who would like to learn or develop their map reading and navigation skills along with interesting training course on leading guided walks. Splat Training is the brainchild of founder Amy Gault, a qualified teacher from Todmorden. SPLAT training provides a range first aid training from First Aid at Work to Emergency First Aid in the Workplace to Paediatric First Aid and Parent and Child First Aid. However, SPLAT also offers Team building experiences, Hill Walker’s Navigation training and Schools events. The inspiration for these wide-ranging services grew from nearly 20 years’ experience in the outdoor industry; combing her teaching qualifications and her beautiful farm based classroom location at Staups Lea Farm. Hill walking and climbing have been a lifelong passion of Amy’s, and she has been an outdoor pursuits instructor since 2000. While the great outdoors is Amy’s place of work, running a business requires a certain amount of paperwork. Whether we entrepreneurs like it or not we have to spend a fair proportion of our working week tackling the figures and balancing the books. While many entrepreneurs see the paperwork as tedious, this was certainly becoming the case for Amy as she struggled with her deteriorating vision. Amy had used reading glasses for some time, but these no longer provided a sufficient correction for the computer and written work. Seeking a satisfactory solution Amy contacted us at Allegro Optical and travelled to Meltham for an eye examination and sight test.


  We found Amy’s eyes to be perfectly healthy and her deteriorating vision was caused by ongoing presbyopia. Presbyopia is a form of long-sightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens of the eye. This condition occurs typically in middle age, but as we move into the digital age we often see it occurring from the early thirties. As we use more and different digital devices we are seeing presbyopia present in clients much earlier. This observation is supported by many optical professionals “Presbyopia or loss of the accommodating power of the lens, which mostly happened around the age of 40, has started occurring quite early among the people. Excess use of mobile phones causing it early by making the eye lens harder and making it lose elasticity. The result is a gradual worsening of the ability to focus on objects up close,” said Mahipal Sachdev, Chairman of Centre for Sight (CFS)*. According to the World Health Organisation, more than a billion people in the world were presbyopic as of 2005, while the number had doubled in 2015. We dispensed Amy with a pair of i-focus plus Freeform Digital Single Vision lenses by Lenstec which combine ergonomics and aesthetics providing the very best optical performance available and provide a little extra magnification to the lower third of the lens. Each lens is unique and takes into account the wearers prescription, pupil position and the 3D shape of the selected frame. By providing Amy with clear vision when using her desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone and paperwork. This adaptable clear vision gives Amy a perfect visual solution adapted to her individual needs. These lenses are normally used as single vision lenses providing increased performance at work with slight reading support. On this occasion, we dispensed these lenses with Amy’s computer or intermediate prescription in the top of the lenses and used the power boost in the lower section of the lens to help with closer work. This approach gave Amy a useable correction at all her working distances, helping with that all important administration.

Amy can see the world…and the map

When asked about her new glasses Amy Said “And don’t forget the map reading – It’s easy to get lost when you can’t see the map, now I can read the map and see the world at the same time, it’s a joy. Service was wonderful too, Thank you Allegro” With the digital world rapidly expanding beyond the desktop computer and around 32% of the population in the age range of 35–50 years spending an average of 9 hours on digital devices each day, it’s not surprising that more and more thirty-somethings are reporting symptoms of digital eye strain and showing signs of presbyopia*. We know that not everyone wants to move into varifocals but find that reading glasses are no longer working at all the different working distances they need. If you are finding using digital devices and reading small print challenging give us a call on 01484 907090.   *https://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/mobile-phones-causing-presbyopia-at-an-early-age-doctors/53593478?redirect=1 https://www.dovepress.com/evaluahttp://*https://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/mobile-phones-causing-presbyopia-at-an-early-age-doctors/53593478?redirect=1tion-of-binocular-function-among-pre–and-early-presbyopes-with–peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-OPTO *https://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/mobile-phones-causing-presbyopia-at-an-early-age-doctors/53593478?redirect=1  

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