Your life and eyes 4 min read

Take better selfies no really

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The angle, lighting, and filter are just right: you’re poised and ready to snap your selfie. Every aspect is perfect, but there’s one thing still nagging on your quest for that impeccable Instagram-worthy shot: your tired looking eyes. Sound familiar?

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Take better selfies with a lens coating

In our fast-paced, social media based world, it’s now the norm to create an image of our lifestyles online, with our lives revolving around screens. In fact, the average adult now spends between 7 and 9 hours a day in front of a screen, even longer than most of our beauty sleeps. Constantly shifting between different sized screens, digital eyestrain is commonplace, with many suffering from symptoms such as headaches, eye fatigue, dry eyes, burning eyes and twitching eyelids.

Every day, our eyes are exposed in some capacity to blue-violet light whether that be the sun or fluorescent lights. Much like our skin, we may not be aware of this exposure, and we rarely think to protect ourselves from it as a result. With sources of blue-violet light all around us, it’s important to think about your daily eye health and give them a helping hand to be at their best

Selfie shaming

So what’s to blame for these symptoms? Unsurprisingly, it’s the very device we use to take our beloved selfies: our smartphones. The smartphone has also given us a whole new way of expression in the selfie; so popular that it’s even made its way into the English dictionary in 2013. It’s even been shown that women may spend as long as 5 hours a week on selfies, ie. taking the photo, uploading it onto social media, and then checking regularly for how many ʻlikesʼ they receive. So what is it about our smartphone screens that can cause eyestrain. Being small in size, we tend to hold these devices closer to our eyes, making harder work for our eye muscles. We are so engrossed in what we are doing, applying filters, and scrolling through our insta-feeds, we forget to blink to lubricate our eyes, or to look away into the distance to relax our eye muscles.

Get selfie savvy

All sounds like pretty tiring stuff? Well, all hope is not lost, and in fact, the key to a better selfie may be to take better care of your eyes. From high fashion catwalks to the high street, glasses are top of the trends. Fake lenses in sleek styles are a must-have accessory for a great selfie: a classy accompaniment to an office look or giving the edge to a casual style. But why have fake lenses, when your stylish specs could actually guard against eye fatigue? Eyezen’s lenses are designed to combat the adverse effects of excessive screen use, particularly screens viewed close-up such as the smartphone. This 2 part system means that you can stay selfie stylish, and ease the demand they are placing on your eyes.

Essilor Eyezen lenses also filter out harmful blue-violet light rays, which is present in our everyday surroundings both in and outdoors. This may help in the prevention of harmful effects from blue-violet light, including eye strain, and dry and irritated eyes. Each lens also has an invisible area of magnification in the lower portion of the lens – the reading area – to help the eye focus.

So, let’s get back to business, how do you take better selfies? Remember the angle, lighting, and filter has to be just right. Now you are poised and ready to snap your selfie. Every aspect is perfect, including your new frames, and your bright eyes are wide open to capture a moment to remember. Simply taking just as much time and care of your eyes effort as your selfies, is the key: making your snap, and your look, stand out in the feed. All you need to do now is wait for the likes to roll in.

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