Should I wear Blue Light Glasses To Protect My Eyes?
Why wear Blue Light Glasses?
We are in the era of electronics. During the evening you are probably watching something on Netflix, YouTube, TV, catching up on work on a computer or a tablet or just surfing the web. It’s okay, so is everyone else. These artificial lights from gadgets emit a blue glow, a light wavelength similar to the day time sky. This blue light enters your eyes and signals your brain to think it is still day time. Taking this signal, your brain then restricts the flow of melatonin through your body.
While many are aware of how blue light from electronics disrupts sleep, many do not know that about 25% of the blue light from fluorescent lighting and 35% from LED lights is also damaging to eye health, over time raising the risk of vision problems including macular degeneration.
That said, many people experience digital eye strain and simply ignore it. Dr. Bazan owner of Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn and a member of The Better Vision Institute on the Vision Council, says:
People are so accustomed to their eyes feeling tired at the end of the day, they just accept it. Just because it is normal, does not mean that it’s ok.
More details on blue light can be found at Prevent Blindness, click to read more.
Luckily as technology advances so do we in protecting our self’s from it. Blue light glasses are a must for all those households lit up by TV’s, laptops, phones and video games.
Melatonin (also known as the sleep hormone) is naturally produced in your body, when your eyes sense darkness at night. In addition to helping you sleep better, it sets your natural wake/sleep cycle. Being exposed to light at night can block melatonin production. Research suggests that melatonin plays other important roles in the body beyond sleep.
Exposure to excess artificial lighting at night can lead to difficulty in falling asleep at and may lead to insomnia if not properly managed. Insomnia can be a gateway to higher stress, lowered energy levels throughout the day, mood swings, headaches, fatigue and in some cases worse cases, depression.
Natural Ways To Lower The Effect Of Blue Light
1. A simple solution to get a better nights sleep is to turn off all digital screens off 1-2 hours before bedtime. You’ll most likely find yourself feeling tired not long after switching of the lighting.
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