Should Blue Light Glasses be on on your back to school list?
Blue light is not a new phenomenon since we were getting plenty of blue light from the sun prior to our new gadgets entering our world. More time in front of our TV, Computers, IPAD, Phones and Gaming systems exposes us to more the brighter, shorter-wavelength (more blue in tone) coloured light. And with more time in front of screens we are being exposed to more blue light than ever before.
We simply need more studies when it comes to the effects of blue light and our eye health but some people find comfort and report less eyestrain after wearing their blue light blockers regularly. From 8 years old, children spend on average 3 hours a day in front of a screen or some sort of device and possibly more if they are engaged in online school. Screens are not going away anytime soon so some people are deciding to test out some options for themselves to see if they notice a difference in fatigue, sleep levels and eye strain.
With back to school around the corner and our increased time in front of screens, some are considering adding a Blue light frame to their back to school list.
I have found that wearing my blue light lens on my computer glasses daily has improved my level of fatigue throughout the day but there are other factors to try as well that quite a few Optometrists recommend; the 20-20-20 rule.
Basically, every 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. The following tips supported by The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Vision Council, and other vision-related organizations urge moderation in screen use.
- Adjust your seat, or the position of your computer, so your eyes are about 25 inches from the screen. Position the screen so you’re gazing slightly downward.
- Use a matte screen filter on the screen to reduce glare.
- Use artificial tears when your eyes feel dry.
- Pay attention to the lighting in the room where you are on your computer. You might try increasing your screen contrast.
Our belief is that everyone should try what is best for them and if you are interested in trying out Blue light blockers we can help you with you and answer any questions you may have. A balanced approach with the tips mentioned above and the use of screen glasses could help to reduce any headaches, eye strain or fatigue you may be encountering.
We are exclusive retailers for the IZIPIZI eyewear line out of France and we carry both Screen Adult and Junior models in 3 different models (see photo below). You can browse our selection online or come by the Optical to try them on for yourself. Adult screen glasses available as well.