Let’s talk about blue light. Not blue light specials…. Did I just age myself with that reference? We’re not talking K-Mart here friends, we’re talking blue light that we expose our eyeballs to every single day, many of us all day long. Now, more than any time in history, we are exposing ourselves to the harmful effects of this blue light. Blue light comes from screens (tv, phone, tablet, desktop) as well as from sunlight and overhead LED lightbulbs. What’s so bad about that?
Over the last several months, I have spent more focused on a screen as I write and promote the blog as well as the day to day business of running my Aloette franchises. I started to notice daily headaches, redness in my eyes, squinting and trouble falling asleep at night! In trying to figure out what was going on, I began researching blue light. Here’s what I found.
Studies have shown that blue light:
- Disrupts the circadian rhythm (the body’s natural sleep and wake system)
- Causes Digital Eyestrain Syndrome: blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry and irritated eyes, headaches, as well as neck and back pain. (Check, check, check, check, check.)
- Leads to an increased risk of depression (WHAT?!)
- MAY CAUSE PERMANENT EYE DAMAGE! BL may contribute to age related macular degeneration which can lead to vision loss.
Ok, so I could either stop exposing myself to it or find a way to protect my eyes. Enter blue light glasses.
Blue light glasses have special lenses that have a faint yellow tint to alter the way light travels to your eye. Basically, there are special coatings inside the lenses that absorb and reflect blue light before it gets to your eyes therefore lessening your exposure to the harmful rays. Much like sunglasses protect your eyes outdoors from the sun, blue light glasses should be worn indoors to protect your eyes from the screens and the LED bulbs.
I found a great pair on Amazon for less than $20 and decided to give them a try. Y’all, the difference is night and day. I have far fewer headaches, I’m sleeping better, and overall my eyes just feel way more comfortable now.
These are the one’s I have. I chose them because they said ‘large’ and I have kind of a big noggin. They’re perfect. My friend Sawyer, who has an adorably regular sized head got them too. They look great on her as well. They come in lots of colors- I chose the Leopard.
My friend Sandy wears blue light glasses too but wanted them to be ‘readers’ as well. If you typically wear reading glasses when you’re using screens, check these out.
Do you currently wear blue light glasses? Are you going to try them out? Let me know what you think!