The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Blue Light Glasses
Can you believe it’s almost 2020? All those movies about flying cars and life in outer space were based on today.
According to those predictions, we were supposed to be setting up our houses on Mars by now. Perhaps we haven’t quite reached that point yet, but we’ve certainly come a long way.
New inventions seem to pop up every day to help enhance our lives. Our favorite invention of the “Future?” Blue light glasses.
Blue light glasses are modern day superheroes that help protect our sight and mind from the harmful effects of a light that’s found all around us, especially in screens, that in excess can cause a lot of like insomnia, damaged eye sight and more.
That’s right, you’re being exposed to blue light as we speak (er, type). But before you slam your laptop closed and swear off screens forever (good luck), learn more about blue light and how you can limit its side effects with blue light glasses.
What is Blue Light?
Light is a spectrum of colors, each color having different wavelengths and energy levels. Blue light is the portion of the light spectrum with the highest energy levels condensed into the shortest wavelengths.
Blue light is mostly found in light from the sun, but is also used in different types of screens, fluorescent lights and LED lights. So it’s basically all around us at all times.
Different colors on the light spectrum have different effects on us. During the day, some exposure to blue light can provide much needed boosts in focus, memory, and mood.
But much like anything else in life, excessive exposure to blue light can chip away at its positive effects and cause negative ones — some that can last a lifetime.
Negative Effects of Blue Light Exposure
Before screens, we were only exposed to blue light during the bright hours of the daytime, and often only indirectly. But these days, Americans spend an average of 6.3 hours a day on screens that emit blue light.
On their own, our eyes aren’t very good at blocking blue light, which leaves us at risk of both short and long-term side effects when we’re exposed to large amounts of it such as:
- Disturbances in sleep patterns
- Sore neck and/or shoulders
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Dry, itchy or sore eyes
The effects of blue light are appearing the most in our sleep patterns, as studies show that humans are now taking longer to fall asleep and stay asleep as long as they need.
And lack of sleep causes more than just grumpiness and dark circles. Not getting enough shut eye can result in various health issues:
- Lack of focus and attention span
- Reduced sex drive
- A weakened immune system
- Weight gain
- Higher risk of diabetes
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Unbalanced hormone production
Needless to say, anything that can help you regulate your sleep should be welcomed.
How to Block Out Blue Light
There are a few measures you can take in your everyday life order to help diminish the effects of blue light exposure, like cutting screen time before bed or avoiding using your screened devices in the dark.
For the times when you need to be on your screen, you can still be protected thanks to blue light glasses for computers and other screens.
What Are Blue Light Glasses?
While the name probably sounds pretty self-explanatory, there’s more to blue light glasses than you might think.
Blue light glasses aren’t vision-correcting glasses like your prescription. Instead, they have special lenses that absorb blue light before it reaches your eyes.
When used during screen time (especially at night), this can help minimize the effects of excessive blue light exposure. Consider them like sunglasses for computer use.
Blue light glasses have minimal risk. Historically, the main concern had simply been the less-than-stylish orange lenses that blue light glasses used to use.
Thanks to time and technology, they now come with clear lenses and in edgy, classic, and sexy styles to suit any mood.
Do Blue Light Glasses Work?
Ideally, everyone would be able to end their screen time four hours before bedtime. But whether you’re up late wrapping up a work assignment or cramming for an exam, this isn’t always possible
Luckily, the positive effects that blue light glasses provide at nighttime are proving to be significant.
According to a study by the University of Houston College of Optometry, people who used blue light glasses at night had a 58% increase in melatonin, or the “sleep regulation hormone,” than those who exposed themselves to screens at night without using the glasses.
The subjects who used the blue light glasses at night slept an average of 24 minutes longer than the others, and all of them reported to have experienced a more restful night’s sleep.
In short: yes, blue light glasses work, and should be used during any nighttime screen exposure to help you minimize uncomfortable side effects and keep your sleep restful and regulated.
Blue Light Glasses: The Ultimate Christmas Gift
Considering using blue light glasses has no known negative side effects and can help diminish the effects of excess blue light exposure, anyone can benefit from them.
Help ease the minds of your friends and family by giving them a way to be able to finish up those Netflix movies guilt-free knowing their eyes are protected and they’ll sleep like babies.
Not only will you be giving the gift of health, but you’ll be gifting some fashion, too. Get ready for the “thank you” cards to start rolling in!
It’s time to get shopping! We have plenty of styles so you can gift blue light glasses that fit each loved one’s unique personality »