Digital Screen Protection: Blue Light Lenses


Blue light is present in sunlight, indoor lighting, and electronic gadgets. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the extended use of computers and electronic gadgets results in sleep deprivation, AMD (age-related macular degeneration), and CVS (computer vision syndrome). Statistics show that 90 percent of computer users report having symptoms such as dry eyes, sore eyes, and headaches. This shows a clear connection between blue light and several health issues. That is why there are available interventions, such as blue light lenses. If you want to understand how blue light lenses protect your eyes and more, here’s what you should know.

 

Better Sleep

 

Experts say that blue light can delay melatonin release and increase your level of alertness. Because you don’t get the right levels of melatonin to get restful sleep on time, you experience sleep deprivation. With the help of blue light lenses, you can decrease the amount of blue light that enters your eyes. These specialized lenses allow you to use your digital devices before bed as your body slowly prepares you to sleep. To help your blue light lenses, you should make it a habit to turn off all your digital devices a couple of hours before bedtime.

 

Prevention of AMD

 

Studies show that there is a clear connection between blue light and the onset of AMD (age-related macular degeneration). High-energy blue light can reach your retina and damage its macular pigment. Once your macular pigment density decreases, your risk for developing AMD increases. A recent medical study at Harvard identified blue light as the most detrimental light for your retina. Long-term exposure to this light encourages the onset of other serious eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma. Clinical studies also reveal with the help of blue light lenses, you can delay or even prevent these eye conditions.

 

Relief From Eye Irritation

 

Some of the common symptoms of CVS are:

  • Double vision

  • Headache

  • Eye fatigue

  • Dry eyes

  • Shoulder pain

  • Neck pain
     

Statistics show that about 80 percent of teens and 60 percent of adults have CVS during or after they use their electronic gadgets. Digital devices emit glare and blue light. Even if blue light makes your gadgets more efficient, it interferes with the focusing ability of your eyes. Long hours of computer work results in binocular and accommodative stress. According to eye experts, your blinking slows down by at least 50 percent when you use your digital gadgets. This makes your eyes dry up more quickly. If you don’t tend to your dry eye symptoms, pain, and irritation set in. Using blue light lenses can help support your eyes during long work hours in front of your computer. You can help increase your comfort by using proper lighting and maintaining good posture.

 

Blue light lenses can help protect your eyes from eye conditions such as CVS and AMD. They can also help your health by preventing inadequate sleep. At El Paso Eyecare, we have a collection of blue-light-blocking eyewear for your daily computer use. Please visit our clinic in El Paso, Texas, for a one-on-one consultation. You can also call us at 915-745-7960. That way, we can help schedule your appointment or answer your questions about our blue light lens packages.

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6353079/

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/opo.12406