If your eyes suffer from the strain of staring at your computer screen all day every day, you might want to consider blue light blocking lenses. These lenses filter out the blue light contained in the LED lights of smartphones, tablets, TVs, and computer screens that can lead to eye strain and even inhibited sleep. OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.
If your eyes feel fatigued and strained after staring at your computer screen for several consecutive hours, your eyes are likely responding to the prolonged blue light exposure. Extended exposure to blue light waves from smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs, and light bulbs can lead to headaches, insomnia, and vision blurriness, among other symptoms. If you work in front of a computer screen, you might want to consider blue light blocking glasses to mitigate the effects.
But what are blue light blocking glasses, anyway?
Blue light blocking glasses are the safest, most reliable method for protecting your eyes against consistent exposure to the blue light from your computer screen, digital devices, and light bulbs. These glasses are constructed using a type of lens material coated with a filtering agent that deflects and absorbs blue light waves.
Blue light filters aren’t found on standard glasses or sunglasses, but you can opt to add this feature when you get a new prescription, or you can purchase blue light blocking glasses even if you don’t require vision correction.
Long-Term Effects of Blue Light
While there are several short-term symptoms of blue light exposure like digital eyestrain, long-term blue light exposure can lead to ocular complications that can be serious. Macular degeneration and retinal damage may be the most severe complications, but other concerns include:
- Sleep loss and sleep loss-related illnesses
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
Although dry eyes seem like a relatively minor annoyance, the condition can make the eyes vulnerable to infections that may endanger vision.
Blue light blocking glasses provide between 50 and 100 percent blue light protection, and also filter out dangerous UV rays. By filtering out these light waves, you can protect your eyes from their degenerative effects, and also improve your concentration and sleep patterns, which can enhance job performance. If you think your ability to function effectively is impacted by your exposure to blue light, visit your local eye care center and ask if blue light glasses could be right for you.
OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been Ft. Myers’s leading optometrist for more than two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.