Americans spend an average of seven hours staring at a screen each day. The increasing prevalence of digital devices gives us more and more opportunities for our eyes to soak up the blue light these devices emit. Although research has determined that blue light is vital to some processes, other studies have linked it to computer eye strain.
If you feel that you’re suffering from symptoms related to computer eye strain such as headaches, dry eyes and blurry vision, talk to our optometrist at Optical Outlets, who can suggest methods of alleviating these conditions.
Blue light has shorter wavelengths and higher energy than the other six colors in the spectrum. There is some evidence that blue light can have positive effects on memory, alertness and moods. It also helps regulate our sleep cycles. But too much of it, especially at night, has been found to stimulate the brain and make it difficult for the brain to switch into the sleep cycle.
The clearest answer to limiting our exposure to blue light is to cut down your screen time. Since many of us rely on digital devices at work, in school and for daily functions, the target becomes recreational screen time, which some experts agree should be limited to two hours or less daily.
Other suggestions include lowering blue light exposure by using screen filters; wearing glasses with anti-reflective lenses; wearing blue light-blocking glasses or yellow-tinted computer glasses.
Our optometrist at Optical Outlets is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat symptoms related to computer-related eye strain and the disruptions too much blue light can have on our vision and sleep patterns. Our state-of-the-art office uses the most advanced technologies to treat our patients with precision and care. Your vision is precious, and we want to protect it for years to come. Please contact us today if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.