How often are you looking at your phone, computer, or television throughout the day? I mean, you’re looking at a screen now...right?
What is Blue Light?
Blue light also known as high-energy visible blue light (HEV) has high frequency and short wavelengths similar to UV light. Prolong exposures to blue light has shown to damage the retina, the part of the eye that detects qualities such as color and light intensity. Because your eyes are working extra hard to cope with the blue light, you begin to experience eye strain. Over sustained periods, the exposure can contribute to long-term vision issues such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Why Screen Time is Hurting Your Health?
All the screens we look at throughout the day emit blue light. While our bodies need some blue light to regulate our wake and sleep cycles, prolonged exposure to blue light emitted from electronic devices has the power to disrupt your sleep, produce symptoms of eye strain, and eventually cause permanent damage to your vision. Yikes. However, there is a solution. Wearing blue light glasses can decrease how much blue light your eyes are exposed to on daily basis and therefore help mitigate the negative effects of blue light on your health.
Have you ever experienced below?
1. Spend long hours in front of computer, smartphone, or other digital devices each day.
Whether you’re replying to emails at work, scrolling through your feed, or on a late-night Netflix binge, all those hours in front of screens add up. If you’re spending multiple hours each day in front of a digital device, blue light glasses can help protect your eyes and prevent eye strain. Remember, damage from blue light is cumulative, so the more time you spend in front of screens without protection, the more likely you are to experience problems down the road.
2. You’re experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain.
Be honest, how often do you get blurred vision or headaches while spending time at your computer or on your phone? Both of these symptoms, along with dry eyes, redness, and eye fatigue, are all signs of digital eye strain, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). When you’re exposed to high levels of blue light, your eyes work extra hard to cope with these High Energy Visible (HEV) wavelengths. Give your eyes a break. Using blue light glasses help keep the eyes relaxed during screen time, reducing or eliminating symptoms of digital eye strain.
3. You have trouble falling sleeping.
There’s a reason people say to turn off all digital devices a few hours before bedtime. Any light at night has the power to suppress melatonin, which in turn, disrupts our circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are like internal clocks that guide our sleep and wake cycles. When they get thrown out of whack, we usually have trouble falling asleep and the sleep we do get may be low quality. Lack of good quality sleep has been linked to health problems such as depression, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. However, even though all light at night can shift our circadian rhythms, researchers at Harvard found that blue light exposure has the power to disrupt circadian rhythms TWICE as much. Using blue light glasses after dark allows you to indulge in your favorite nighttime activities, such as reading on your tablet or watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones, while keeping your circadian rhythms in check.
4. You do work at night.
For college students, night owls, shift workers, or anyone else logging hours in front of screens after the sun goes down, blue light glasses can help your body regulate melatonin production. In addition to affecting circadian rhythms, some studies have shown links between low melatonin levels and certain types of cancer, obesity, and heart disease. Come on, y’all, we all know those are things we’d like to avoid. Protect your body and your eyes by using blue light glasses during late-night study or work sessions.
5. You’re concerned about your long-term eye health.
Want to know a fun fact? Blue light is not a technological invention. In fact, it’s naturally emitted from the sun! However, our eyes were not designed to be constantly exposed to blue light for hours on end, according to the latest Nielson Total Audience Report, is creeping up towards 11 hours of screen time a day. Since blue light can penetrate the eyes’ natural filters, over time, this can lead to serious and permanent eye damage. Long-term blue light exposure has been linked to age-related macular degeneration, cone cell death in the retina, and can even lead to blindness. No thanks! Using blue light glasses limits how much blue light your eyes are exposed to, helping to ensure your eyes stay healthy over time.
6. Need an excuse to wear glasses,lol...
Seriously—people ask us everyday if they can wear blue light glasses just for style. The answer is a definite YES. Our blue light glasses not only protect your eyes from blue light but they also provide 100% UV light protection so they'll keep you protected outdoors as well. Look cool and keep your eyes healthy? Sounds like a win win to us.
So, to recap, if you...
. Spend a lot of time looking at screens everyday
. Are struggling with symptoms of digital eye strain
. Have trouble falling asleep at night
. Regularly work after the sun goes down
. Are concerned about keeping your body and eyes healthy
. Want to up your style game with some cool glasses
...Blue light glasses can help. So let's start make our eyes enjoyable now.