Seiko Eyewear Co., Ltd. (President: Akira Nakashima / Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo) launched Seiko Smart Aid Light and Smart Aid Regular in Japan on Friday, May 20, 2016. The concept behind these new products is “getting more comfortable vision”.
The recent diversification of lifestyles is causing many people today to place an enormous amount of strain on their eyes. One significant factor is the rapid spread of smart devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and there are many people who claim to suffer from so-called evening presbyopia. In this condition, their near-distance vision begins to deteriorate in the evening and leads to symptoms similar to those of presbyopia. Likewise, the constant straining of the eyes gradually tires out the surrounding eye muscles and makes it hard to see near.
The new product Smart Aid supports both near-distance vision as well as single-focus vision. Similar care is also needed for people in their 20s and 30s, who use smartphones and computers on a regular basis, as well as for those who are about to begin to wear reading glasses. Smart Aid is also designed for people in their 40s, a generation in which the accommodation ability of their eyes begins to deteriorate, helping to ease their concern about necessity to use lenses for elder people.
There are two types of Smart Aid lenses. Smart Aid Light is a support lens for people who use single-vision lenses or contact lenses and regularly use computers and smartphones (typically people in their 20s and 30s). Smart Aid Regular is a step series that ensures people in their 40s who regularly use computers and smartphones are able to make a smooth switch to progressive lenses in the future.