Do you often get headaches from looking at the computer or your phone for long periods of time? Most of us spend at least 2 hours a day looking at screens, whether it’s for work, scrolling through Facebook, or staying in touch with friends. Many of us even use our phones in bed! Looking at this light for too long can cause headaches, blurry vision, and permanent damage to your eyes. Sadly, digital strain is likely to stay around as we become more and more dependent on our devices.
It’s not just engineers and gamers we were worried about either. As a mother of three with ages ranging from teen to a young adult who is an aspiring game designer, and having lived in the Silicon Valley area for over two decades, the designer of TC Charton, Alexandra Peng, feels very strongly about having proper protection to combat this increasing concern that resonates deeply with her engineer friends and fellow parents. Unfortunately, technology like iPads and E-Readers haven’t been around that long so we don’t know exactly how harmful this could be to eye health. After combing through lens companies across the country, we partnered with a renowned lab located in California that offers lenses that can prevent damage to developing eyes!
Although there are other brands out there that offer computer glasses, we discovered there were none that were made specifically to fit non-Caucasian facial features, and none that were fit for children. What good is protective eyewear that doesn’t fit and keeps sliding down your nose?! This is where we step in. All of our frames are designed with Asian-Americans in mind, so not only was it our duty to provide safe and protective lenses, but also fit into a frame and style that would fit our customers properly and, in turn, help you take on your day in the best way possible.
You can read more about blue light and the possible damage it can have on our eyes here:
I used to think something was wrong with my face.
When I was a child, my glasses would always slide down my nose. No matter what I did I could not find frames that fit me properly, and it made me think that the problem was with my face. It was an awful feeling. When I first started TC CHARTON, I was determined to do whatever I could to prevent other children from having those same feelings.
I recently had a very long conversation with Mark Shupnick, an optician with over 40 years of experience in his field. He is going to be giving a lecture about the importance of children’s eye care at the upcoming Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, and had a lot of interesting things to say on the topic. As a mother of three, this is something that I have always been concerned about.
We are noticing that more and more children, especially among the Asian population, become far-sighted. Most eye care professionals blame prolonged use of electronic devices and the lack of outdoor activities.
When children can’t see well, they simply cannot read and learn accordingly. Moreover, a child that wears a pair of frames that keeps sliding down means their vision is not being properly corrected.
Making sure that children take annual eye exams, wear glasses that stay put, and protect their eyes from harmful UV rays while outdoors are simple ways to correct their vision.
A lot of parents are only vaguely aware of this issue, which is why it is so important for people like Mark to spread awareness. Hopefully the opticians, once informed, will pass on the message, and I want to do my part as well.
As far as I know, TC CHARTON is the only collection that offers an entire line of kids and teen Asian-fit frames. I feel that it is very important to not only give them glasses that fit properly early on, but to also provide them with many styles to express themselves with.
That being said, I am often asked why I don’t offer sunglasses for children. There are a few reasons for this.
Our frames and sunglasses are made with the highest-quality materials we can find, but a lot of parents are worried that their children will break or lose them. I already lowered our kids and teens prices substantially in an effort to encourage parents to give their children the right fit, but while most parents recognize the benefits of our frames, they would still be reluctant to give them sunglasses at a higher price point. To those parents, I often suggest an alternative solution: fitting their TC frames with transition lenses.
Transition lenses change from light to dark in the sunlight, so the child can wear their frames both indoors and outdoors without any problems. This saves the parents from buying two different frames, and means the child doesn’t have to keep track of multiple pairs of glasses. Just doing something this simple can make a big difference.
I grew up dealing with frames that never fit my Asian bridge. It was frustrating and made me feel inadequate. As a mother, I do not wish any child to EVER have to feel this way. As members of the eye care community, people like Mark and I must do everything we can to raise awareness on this topic. Please, if you are a parent, make sure to give your children regular eye exams. Don’t be afraid to spend a little bit more for frames that can actually stay on their bridge, and please fit them with transition lenses. The eyes of your children will thank you for it.