By Denis Langlois


Digital eye strain is a growing problem in this era of smartphones, laptops, and Zoom meetings.

And recent studies suggest the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the rise in cases. In one study, more than half of employees reported being in front of a computer screen more often now than before the pandemic began, while 59 percent said they have been experiencing more eye fatigue symptoms due to increased screen time.

Digital eye strain, which can cause symptoms from headaches and blurry vision to dry eyes and poor night vision, has many people turning to anti-fatigue glasses for relief.

Maui Jim recently launched MauiPassport™ Boost, a clear prescription lens that combines the benefits of an anti-fatigue boost zone for near vision tasks six to 24 inches from the eyes with the experience of wearing a single-vision prescription at a distance.

MauiPassport Boost’s design reduces the fatigue experienced by eyes constantly focusing and refocusing as they shift between various digital devices. An added benefit of the boost is that it also improves the readability of small fonts and other finer details on digital devices.

The lens is available with two boost powers. For optimal improvement, the boost power is strategically placed in the lens based on the boost power.

MauiPassport Boost lenses come with the added benefit of helping considerably with neck and shoulder pain by enabling the wearer to sit in a more ergonomically correct position.

To further maximize the benefits of the boost design, the lens can be paired with the blue light-filtering lens material Maui Blue Light Protect™.

The 1.67 hi-index material is virtually clear and filters out a large portion of the blue light from 400nm to 420nm. By selectively filtering in this range, much of the blue light the eye has the most trouble focusing on is not permitted to pass through the lens, which effectively increases visual comfort and decreases digital eye strain symptoms better than what a lens design can do alone.