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?