11 Mar 2019
Person scrolling through Instagram wearing blue light blocker glasses

The average American spends over 11 hours a day looking at screens.

And while phone companies like Apple have created tools to help put your phone down, chances are you still have to use it all day. Some jobs even require you to stare at a screen for 40 hours each week! With computers at school, video games at home, and phones everywhere else, kids have to worry about this issue as well.

Of course, too much technology usage has its downfalls, but did you know it can actually hurt your eyes as well? It comes from something called blue light.

If you don’t know what that is, stick around. In this article, we’re discussing what blue light is and how blue light blocker glasses can help you and your family.

Read on to learn more.

What Is Blue Light?

As mentioned before, blue light is the type of light that comes from screens, but this type of light isn’t all bad. In fact, the sun emits blue light, and a healthy dose of it can make you feel awake and happier. It’s one of the many types of light you need to be healthy.

But the artificial blue light that comes from screens and some light sources can be dangerous. Looking at this blue light for long periods of time will often cause your eyes to feel strained, and over time, too much exposure to blue light can increase your risk of macular degeneration. It could also worsen your eyesight or cause early onset cataracts.

Nearly 60 percent of Americans experience symptoms of digital eye strain because of exposure to blue light from devices. Plus, because blue light isn’t natural at night, using devices before bed can make falling asleep more difficult or ruin your night vision.

What Are Blue Light Blocker Glasses?

In a world full of dangerous levels of blue light exposure, blue light blocker glasses are your superheroes. These glasses help defeat the villainous blue light you are taking in each day.

Sometimes these glasses have an orange tint from an infused material that helps block the light, but this tint isn’t usually noticeable unless you’re looking closely. Actually, most blue light blocking glasses look like everyday glasses, and you can add your prescription to them too.

But, because eye protection is for everybody, these glasses can come without any prescription as well. Even if you have 20/20 vision, you might want to consider getting them for yourself. Kids with perfect vision might also need them to help avoid any eye problems.

After using these glasses for a short period, you’ll see your sleep improve and your vision relax. You also won’t have to feel any eye fatigue or worry about long-term vision problems that come from blue light.

Who Are They For?

Blue light blocker glasses are for everybody! Anyone who uses digital technology on a regular basis should consider getting a pair.

If your job requires you to be on a computer a lot, you should definitely consider finding your own blue light blocker glasses. You wouldn’t want to have eye damage from a preventable issue.

Most patients experience eye strain after just two hours of screen time. If you find yourself using a screen for more than two hours each day, blue light blocker glasses are for you.

What Else Can I Do?

When it comes to protecting your eyes, there’s always more to do. Although blue light blocker glasses are a great place to start, there are also a few other practical tips you can use to shield yourself from screens.

For one, you can follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes that you’re looking at a screen, you should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will help prevent your digital eye strain.

You can also add integrations into your phones, laptops, and tablets that help block blue light. On Apple screens, you can turn on “Night Shift” to help reduce eye strain. On other devices, you should be able to download an app to help filter blue light.

It’s best to avoid all digital devices for an hour or so before bed, and monitor your device usage throughout the day. Picking up your phone less will also reduce the strain on your eyes.

Ready to Get Blue Light Blocker Glasses?

If you’ve read through this article and think you might need blue light blocker glasses, you’re in luck. You can check out our store for you or your child’s first pair.

Need help deciding on which to get? Give us a call at one of our six convenient locations, and we’ll be happy to help you.