The internet has changed the way we work, live, and play forever. For better or worse, there is no going back. Today, it seems everyone has their face focused toward some device or screen at some point during the day, and this can affect our eye health.
For many of us, our jobs require us to sit in front of a computer screen for hours. Of course, after work, it is time to start playing on our phones or tablets. By the time we are ready for bed, our heads are throbbing and spinning for some reason. Part of the reason could be the “Blue Light.”
What is Blue Light?
When you hear the term “Blue Light,” we’re talking about the portion of the visible light spectrum that has the shortest wavelengths and the highest energy. All of our screens have one thing in common: They emanate blue light. Blue light can and does occur naturally, but without computers and smartphones, our eyes and bodies are not subjected to this specific light in enough concentrations to cause issues. This added exposure to blue light can cause a number of eye care issues and negative symptoms in many people.
These symptoms from too much exposure to blue light can range in severity from person to person. Normally, people will experience headaches, eye strain and pain, and fatigue more often and more quickly than normal. In some cases, this may require trips to the eye doctor. If you are using screens late into the night, the blue light can also affect your circadian rhythm, which helps determine your body’s natural sleep cycle.
Blue Light Glasses: Stopping the Effects of Blue Light Exposure
How can we counter the effects of blue light exposure? Blue light glasses are specifically designed to help reduce eye strain and other issues associated with excessive blue light exposure. Blue light glasses are not some new fancy device or a pricey new program for your computer. They are simply glass frames with lenses that are specially treated with a coating to help reduce the effects of blue light exposure by reducing the amount of blue light that enters your eyes.
You may be thinking these are similar to the orange glasses that are intended to reduce glare and lights, but blue light glasses typically look exactly like any other pair of glasses. The frames are stylish and come in a variety of shapes and colors. The treated lenses are clear and don’t look any different than a pair of prescription glasses.
Finding the Right Pair of Blue Light Glasses
Finding the right pair of blue light glasses does not have to be a tough or complicated task. There are multiple versions of treated lenses available, including ones that have a more yellow or orange tint to them. Make sure you choose the ones that you will actually wear. This means selecting a lens tint that works for you (if any), but also finding a pair of frames that you will enjoy wearing.
If you are experiencing the symptoms we’ve described here, or if it’s been more than a year since your last visit to the eye doctor, call Matossian Eye Associates – (800) 708-8800 – or schedule an appointment online.