Many young executives who are busy running a company on a day-to-day basis don’t have much time to find the perfect glasses. Many run another risk: they spend all of their free time finding glasses that fit their face rather than glasses that will help them with their work.
Perhaps because many CEOs and executives are usually fine, the typical solution when you run out of time is to throw money on a problem and buy the “best” glasses money can buy.
Looking good as a top manager is no joke, however. 2019 Princeton University research shows that people judge your proficiency by how rich your outfit looks, and this process can take less than a second. However, it is important to make sure that you can see the part and see it clearly. Too many glasses are about style, and too many executives ignore the fact that glasses are supposed to do much more than just correct your vision.
Nowadays there are technologies that make glasses more than just an accessory or a correction device, but rather an asset to your lifestyle.
Especially in a position of power and responsibility, it is important that your glasses look good and help you see well.
Don’t let stains get in the way.
Executives are known for their vision in a metaphorical sense. Indeed, you need to be able to see very far to make the decisions that matter most to your business. But many forget that seeing also means simply seeing through glasses. After a long day at work or after a particularly tough meeting, you will be surprised how smeared your glasses can be.
In the past, people wearing glasses only had to remember to wipe them with a cloth. However, today it is possible to buy glasses with an oleophobic coating that reduces or even eliminates pollution.
Not only will clean, polished lenses look more professional, they’ll also help you see better. And that is the main point of the glasses after all.
Screen time doesn’t have to keep you updated
Over the past five years, the public has become much more aware of the effects of screens (and the blue light it creates) on productivity and sleep patterns.
Executives and CEOs are known to spend late hours, long days in the office and rely on their phones for updated information when they are away from their desks. All in all, it’s a recipe for an enormous amount of blue light entering your system. While blue light is harmless during the day, at night it can disrupt the circadian rhythm that determines your body’s ability to sleep if we see too much of it at night.
A meta-study summarized the effects of blue light on resting patterns, suggesting that “exposure to blue light can increase alertness and stimulate cognitive function”. In addition, the researchers concluded that “exposure to light-emitting e-readers at bedtime can negatively impact sleep and the circadian system”.
Glasses that block blue light can weaken these effects. You can be sure that your sleep patterns will be less disturbed and you will be more refreshed and able to do the important work that you do every day. When looking for your next pair of glasses, look for one that may limit the amount of blue light reaching your eyes.
Even if you don’t need corrected vision, you can invest in computer glasses that will protect you from blue light.
Glasses can help protect you from the sun
When they think of glasses that can help block out the sun’s harmful UV rays, most people think of sunglasses first. The truth is that today’s vision correction lenses also have the ability to block out the worst of sun damage.
While many executives do most of their work indoors, there are those who do some work outdoors – lunch when the weather is nice, walking to work, or just taking a walk during a break to get your cognitive juices flowing . Even driving in bright lights can result in some exposure to the sun.
If you choose UV protective glasses, you can achieve a few things: First, you blink less because the glasses block some of the sun. You will find it easier to see whether you are walking or driving in bright light. And most importantly, protect both your eyes and the skin around your eyes from sun damage.
Unfiltered, prolonged exposure to the sun can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, and even the development of a rare type of cancer called ocular melanoma. This is evident from this article posted on the University of Utah blog.
Eyewear for executives is more about looks
Many CEOs and executives wear glasses – whether for daily work, for reading or just on the computer. With so much of branding and success centered around looks, many CEOs focus too much on looking good in them instead of being able to see good.
While looks are certainly important, especially in key positions of responsibility, glasses can do a lot more than just help you and your colleagues see. Nowadays, in the sun and blue light, glasses can help and protect against the stains that build up during the day.
Next time you’re in the eyewear market, there’s more to consider than the frames and style. Make sure you choose a pair that will get your job done the best.