Whether you’re soaking up some sunshine or using your computer for school, blue light exposure is inevitable. We do need a certain degree of blue light, a high-energy light wave that comes close to UV light on the visible light spectrum. However, blue light goes right through the cornea to the retina, which can have a significant impact on the eyes, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA).
Are blue-light protection glasses worth it, considering how much blue light can affect you? Here’s what our expert optical team has to say.
Are blue-light protection glasses worth it?
As time goes on, we use screens more and more. A large portion of people may even develop digital eye strain, a common effect of working on the computer for too long without breaks. Some of the symptoms of this condition include:
- Fuzzy vision
- Lack of moisture in the eyes
- Strained eyes
Blue-light protection glasses are worth it because they can prevent symptoms of digital eye strain, which can take the pressure off of your eyes when you work in front of a screen for too long. For students and office workers who spend a lot of time on the computer, these glasses are essential, but you should also take breaks away from your devices at least every 20 minutes.
In addition to worsening digital eye strain symptoms, blue light has been linked with sleep issues. One week-long study showed that subjecting yourself to more blue light than usual before bedtime reduced sleep by as much as 14 minutes.
Using your Kindle or another electronic device too close to bedtime may also affect your attentiveness the next day, circadian rhythm, and melatonin production. Therefore, we recommend limiting your blue light exposure before you go to sleep, in addition to resting your eyes away from the screen and using blue-light glasses.
Can I wear blue-light glasses all the time?
Wearing blue-light glasses all the time won’t hurt you. Feel free to wear them at your convenience or as often as your optometrist recommends. We’ll add Blue Protect, a blue-light protective lens coating, to your prescription eyewear so that you can fight back against blue light at all times of the day.
If you don’t wish to have blue-light lenses on all the time, consider getting a second pair of glasses so that you can just wear your blue-light glasses during screen time. Our eye care team would be happy to show you your options.
Summary: Should I buy blue-light blocking eyewear?
Blue light can impact you in many ways, such as by causing eye strain when you access electronic devices or use the computer for too long. It can also influence your sleep. For this reason, we recommend spending time away from the screen (especially before bedtime) and using blue-light glasses.
Are blue-light protection glasses worth it? Yes, they are, as they can help with symptoms of digital eye strain. If you’re experiencing eye strain or headaches after a long stint on the computer, blue-light glasses may alleviate your discomfort. They may also prevent many digital eye strain symptoms altogether.
Blue-light glasses are safe to wear during the day. However, if you don’t want to wear them all the time, we recommend asking your nearest optical store for a backup pair of eyewear. That will give you a chance to swap out your glasses and only wear blue-light protective eyewear while using the computer or handheld devices.
If you need a solution for digital eye strain, blue-light protection glasses are the answer.
To try out Blue Protect for yourself, contact our team today. We’re here to assist you.