What is Blue Light? No, we’re not talking the *Blue Light Special* from Kmart’s hay-day. I’m talking about Blue Light that emits from digital devices we use daily (all day), like TVs, cellphones, computers, tablets and more. I had heard of Blue Light in the past but had no idea of all of these complications is was potentially causing me. It wasn’t until my eye doctor recommended that I get my prescription lenses updated with Blue Light blocking lenses that I decided to do more research on Blue Light.
Blue Light can cause digital eye strain. With digital eye strain comes a slew of not so fun symptoms including: dry irritated eyes, blurry vision, headaches, trouble focusing, and even pain in neck or back. But it doesn’t end there, Blue Light also emits a signal to our brains, telling us it’s time to wake up. So, that cell phone you stare at in bed while scrolling Instagram is keeping you awake longer. Studies have shown that Blue Light actually suppresses melatonin secretion. So even if you aren’t scrolling at bed time, your constant exposure to Blue Light throughout the day can be preventing your body from getting true, restful sleep.
So, what can we do to combat Blue Light? In this day and age we are literally surrounded by screens. Heck, my car even has a screen on the dash! While we can’t go hiding under rocks, there is one easy way to help with our exposure to Blue Light in this screen age. Enter: Blue Light Blocking Glasses!
Why I Tried Blue Light Blocking Glasses
I mentioned earlier that my eye doctor suggested I update my glasses prescription with Blue Light blocking lenses. This was the first reason I initially tried Blue Light blocking lenses. Everything the eye doc said about Blue Light and how it can tire out my eyes made sense, plus he’s a DOCTOR, so I went with it. However, there’s a problem…I wear my contact lenses almost every day and I stare at a computer screen all day. Those lovely prescription blue light lenses are reserved solely for a few hours at night so I don’t stub my toe getting up for a snack during a Kardashian binge. But what about the other hours of the day where I’m exposed to blue light? What’s protecting my eyes then? Well, this is the issue I ran into.
I started noticing that my contact lenses were really drying out by the end of the work day. And then, I started noticing that my eyes were red, even when I woke up. Along with dry, red eyes came headaches, and trouble getting to sleep. Once I put it all together, I realized my constant exposure to screens at work, and then taking on this passion of blogging (equalling more screen time), was leading me down a blue lit path of eye strain.
Symptoms that led me to try blue light blocking glasses:
- Dry eyes
- Trouble falling asleep
After recognizing that something needed to be done, I did what anyone else does…took to the internet to find my solution! What I found is a range of blue light blocking glasses that are non RX, available in almost any price range. I was relieved to find non RX options because I do love wearing my contacts, and didn’t want to change that about my lifestyle. Finding options at an entry level price point was also a plus because let’s be real, a girls gotta try out her options! I wasn’t sure if I’d love these glasses or hate them, so I didn’t want to shell out the big bucks if they weren’t going to be used.
I’ve been wearing my blue light blocking glasses regularly for several months now and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them. I’m looking forward to getting another pair that doesn’t reflect blue on the lens, so it looks like more of a traditional pair of glasses. All in all, if you find yourself spending a lot of time in front of a computer screen, or scrolling the gram is your jam, I recommend trying out a pair of blue light glasses and saving your eyes from the strain! You won’t regret it.