When schools were abruptly shut down due to COVID-19 in March it caught all of us by surprise. Who would have ever thought that we were going to have to go from “home schooling” to now “virtual schooling?” No one was really prepared for this turn of events last time. We, as eye care providers were no different. I have fielded a number of questions regarding screen time and blue light exposure since we reopened and schools shut down. As we face the start of the school year in the fall we know it is going to be virtual. While there are still some questions about what is going to happen and the logistics, one this is certain, our school aged children will be spending an enormous amount of time in front of computer screens, tablets and various devices. Let’s get these eyes prepared with a “Back to (virtual) School Kit” for the eyes!
First off, some rules of thumb, for every 20 minutes of screen time the child should take a 20 second break to look at an object at a distance. Secondly, we all need to make a conscious effort to make complete blinks and make them frequently. This is something we should all incorporate into our daily routine as computer/device users.
As part of our “Back to (vitural) School Kit” I am recommending a warm compress called the Bruder mask. The way a Bruder masks works and benefits device users is that it helps warm up and heat the glands of the eyes named meibomian glands. These glands contain a component of tears that help prevent the evaporation of tears that ultimately leads to dry eye syndrome. By using this mask you help keep these glands open and restore essential components of the tear film. I recommend using this nightly before going to bed.
The second part of the “Back to (virtual) School Kit” is a pair of computer glasses. These glasses will provide relief from hours of staring at a computer screen. They will have a minimal power in them to ease the accommodative stress (focusing at near) that is required for the working distance between the student and the screen. The glasses may be worn alone, over contact lenses or the power may be incorporated into an existing glasses prescription if the student currently wears glasses. In addition to helping ease the strain, these computer glasses will have a blue light treatment on them to help protect the student from the harmful blue light that is emitted from computer screens and devices. I recommend using these glasses when there is dedicated time in front of a computer screen.
I truly believe every student would benefit from this and we are pleased to provide this benefit for only $110. The glasses and mask would normally cost around $250. No appointment is needed. Feel free to contact us for a “Back to (virtual) School Kit.” You can also purchase it on our web store at http://www.gee-eye-care.square.site/s/shop.
…that you may be missing! Did you know that we have “hidden” Yelp reviews???
We refuse to pay for reviews! All our reviews are genuine. Easily, if you see a business with a ton of reviews check and see if they have a link at their page like this! If they don’t, they likely are paying Yelp to publish all their reviews–NOT US!
Here’s a recent comment we received from a patient. A long time patient. Although it was not pushed to a public site, we decided to share it with you. We share everything, the good, the bad, we are not perfect but we try. In the end, we were able to learn as a team with this comment. I thanked the patient for the feedback that will ultimately help us improve!
These lenses were actually warrantied because we were able to get them extended through our lab…
“I have always been very happy there but was disappointed that I was told that our lenses package was still covered under warranty and that they would be ordering new lenses since our sons were scratched. When I did not hear back after the appointment a couple of weeks later, I called and the office staff said sorry but I had just missed the warranty and if I would have come in a week earlier it would have applied. It was frustrating that it was previously verified that it was still under warranty and that I was told the lenses were ordered when they were not. I had to call to find out what had happened.I would have gladly come in a week earlier if I wasn’t told that they were still covered. The lack of communication and the wrong information given was very frustrating. I am not accustomed to this problem at this office, normally is is very well run which is the only reason for my complaint.”
I have been going to Gee eye care since the first year they opened. The doctors have always been really knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. The staff even helped with my kids during the exam! They are a family owned business and they genuinely care about their patients like family.
Mar 27, 2014
The friendliness and professionalism of Dr. Hunter and her staff. — Marilyn N.
Mar 27, 2014
very friendly staff. had a very good experience the whole way through— Bobby S.
Mar 26, 2014
We love the personal attention we receive when we come to Gee Eye Care. Great Staff and love the use of technology to examine our eyes.— McKenna H.