Benefits of Blue Light Blocking Glasses
If you are reading this, chances are that you’re staring at a screen. Depending on how long you’ve been staring at your screen, you may be feeling some eye strain. Prolonged eye strain may lead to a whole slew of vision problems like tired eyes, blurred vision, disrupted sleep and dry, irritated eyes.
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Cell phones, computers, tablets and televisions emit short-wave blue light, a type of light on the color spectrum that is believed to interrupt sleep-wake cycles and cause headaches. While blue light from screens is not as harmful as the longer-wave ultraviolet light from the sun, people are relying on blue light blocking glasses to take preventative measures against the negative effects of the blue light emitted by your electronic devices.
Can Blue Light Blocking Glasses Help Me Sleep?
Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Up until fairly recently, humans were exposed to natural light during the day and darkness at night. This natural exposure to darkness and light is what laid the foundation for our circadian rhythms. But now we are constantly bathing in short-wave blue light.
Now more than ever, people are working from home which can be very taxing on your eyes.
Screens have become our source of news, entertainment, communication, and social interaction -- not to mention a very necessary tool for work. This leaves most of us with very little time away from blue light emitting devices, even as we wind down for the night.
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Too much exposure to blue light in the evening has been shown to suppress the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep cycles.
According to The Vision Council, close to 80 percent of participants reported using digital devices, including TV, in the sixty minutes before going to sleep, with almost 55 percent of respondents using blue light emitting devices in the first hour they are awake. Your sleep cycle will surely suffer from such usage.
Are Blue Light Blocking Glasses Effective Against Headaches?
The pandemic forced many of us to begin working from home. This disruption came with some benefits like reduced traffic and commute times, but it also came with added stress of working (and going to school) from home, and the challenge of finding a balance between work and home life.
For many, the balance has never really been achieved and as a consequence, we’re spending more time with our eyes on screens (and much of that time is quite stressful). If this sounds like you, you might be developing post-work headaches. If you are, you may want to give blue light blocking glasses a try before reaching for medication.
A Vision Direct study showed that adults averaged 4 hours and 54 minutes on a laptop before we were asked to stay at home and 5 hours and 10 minutes after. They spent 4 hours and 33 minutes on the smartphone before we were asked to stay at home, and 5 hours and 2 minutes after. Screen time went up for television watching and gaming, too.
All of this screen time makes it no wonder that we’re developing dry eyes, blurry vision, disrupted sleep patterns and headaches.
Senior opticians recommend for those of us whose screen exposure lasts 6 hours or more per day (spoiler alert -- that’s most of us) some sort of blue light reduction technique, whether it’s blue light blocking glasses or a special screen for a computer monitor.
Of course, minimizing screen time might help, too -- but how realistic is that?
How Can I Combat the Effects of Blue Light Exposure?
Whether your eye strain is a direct result of blue light exposure, or simply a function of how much time you’re spending in front of blue light emitting electronic devices, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the effects of tired, dry, irritated & blurry eyes.
- Adopt the 20-20-20 Rule. That means that every 20 minutes, you’ll look at an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Adjust your seat, or the position of your computer, so your eyes are about 25 inches from the screen. Position the screen so your gaze tilts slightly downward.
- Use a glare-reducing screen filter on your devices.
- Use artificial tears if your eyes feel dry.
- Be cognizant of the lighting in the room where you’re working. A well lit work area and proper screen contrast can help mitigate eye irritation.
One of the easiest ways to combat the potentially harmful effects of blue light is to invest in a pair of ThinOptics Blue Light Blocking Glasses.
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