Are blue light glasses right for you?
Have you heard how many hours the average person spends in front of a screen each day?
Eleven. Yep, that’s right - eleven. Doubling in the last 4 years. The average adult checks their phone every 10 minutes whilst awake.
But there’s no way I spend that much time on digital devices? Right? Well how often are you looking at your phone, computer, or television throughout the day? I mean, you’re looking at a screen now...right? You spend your day in front of a screen at work… right? Or those Netflix binges?
Now there’s nothing wrong with this. Actually, we love the unlimited access to education and entertainment technology has provided us (insert cat gif). However, recent studies have shown that the additional screen time can mean bad news for your vision and overall health.
How Screen Time is Hurting Your Health
All screens we use throughout our day emit blue light. Whilst our body needs some blue light to regulate our wake and sleep cycles, lengthened exposure to the blue light these screens and devices are emitting can disrupt your sleep, cause eye strain and have an impact on your long term vision. Uh-oh…
However there is a simple 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.
So if, like most of us, you spend a lot of time looking at screens (like now...), you may still be wondering—do I really need blue light glasses?
You’d Benefit from Blue Light Glasses if...
- You spend long hours in front of your computer, smartphone, or other digital device each day.
Whether it’s replying to emails at work, scrolling through your feed, or on a late-night Netflix binge, those long 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.
- You have trouble sleeping.
People say to turn off all digital devices a few hours before bedtime and they aren’t wrong. 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You want an excuse to wear glasses!
No, but 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 to us.