In the age of digital obsession, our eyes are glued to screens more than ever, with our daily consumption of digital devices averaging a shocking 8hrs 41mins. From sunrise emails to late-night Netflix binges, we bathe in the glow of glowing rectangles, blissfully unaware of the potential cost to our health.
One culprit? Blue light, the energetic shortwave component of visible light, omnipresent in our digital world. While its daytime benefits are undeniable, its nighttime presence can cast a long shadow over our health and wellbeing as a whole.
Eye Strain And Beyond:
Eye fatigue, headaches and dry eyes are the tip of the blue light iceberg. Chronic exposure is linked to macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss, as well as the accelerated development of cataracts. The delicate retinal cells, bombarded by blue light, can suffer oxidative stress, paving the way for these age-related eye conditions.
Blue light is the arch-nemesis of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. Its presence at night suppresses melatonin production, throwing our circadian rhythm into absolute chaos. This disrupted sleep cycle can lead to insomnia, mood swings, weakened immunity and even an increased risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart problems.
Beyond the Retina:
The influence of blue light extends far beyond our eyes. Studies suggest it may disrupt cognitive function, impairing memory and learning. It can also affect hormone regulation, potentially impacting metabolism and mood. Children, whose eyes are more susceptible to blue light damage are alarmingly more vulnerable to these potential effects.
Handling Blue Light Exposure In A Healthy Way:
So, should we embrace the darkness? Not necessarily. The benefits of blue light during the day are indisputable. It boosts alertness, improves cognitive function, and even regulates mood. The key is to be mindful of our exposure, especially after sunset. Here are some tips for navigating the blue light jungle:
- Dim the lights: Reduce your device screen brightness wherever possible and activate night mode settings if you have them
- Embrace the sunset: Spend time outdoors during the day to boost your natural melatonin production
- Power down before bed: Try to avoid viewing screens for at least 2 hours before going to sleep. Consider reading a book or engaging in other relaxing activities away from devices
- Invest in blue light filters: Consider screen protectors or glasses that filter out blue light, especially for evening use and make them a part of your daily wind-down routine
Barner Dalston Black Noir Low Bridge Blue Light Glasses
I support my eyes with blue light blocking glasses and have the stunning Dalston Black Noir low bridge glasses as a +1 prescription which are also available as neutral or reading lenses. These high quality and stylish device glasses help to protect your eyes from the blue light of digital devices to provide you with better sleep and ultimately achieve a healthier life.
With a wide range of innovative frames, this particular pair are a unisex fit with high-quality organic CR-39 lenses that block 100% of the blue light under 410nm, and 45% of the blue light on the 410nm–450nm spectrum. It’s incredibly reassuring to know that when wearing them my eyes will always be protected.
When I first wore glasses, I had the most hideous experience with heavy and uncomfortable frames which left indents on the bridge of my nose and constantly agitated my face; at just 15 grams, these lightweight, ultra comfortable frames feature flexible hinges and temples for an adaptable fit and a rubberised texture for better grip on the nose and ears alike.
Made with a high-quality TR-90 material, the frame has been expertly designed for longevity and durability marrying high quality blue light protection with effortless modern style. These glasses come with a padded frame case and lens cloth and are an absolute game changer!
Blue light is not the enemy, but an environmental factor that we really need to acknowledge and manage in society. By making conscious choices, we can reap its daytime benefits whilst shielding ourselves from its potential dark side at night. So, dim the lights, step away from the screens, and give your eyes -and health- the break they deserve. Remember, a good night’s sleep is just a blue light filter away.
Let’s talk! Share your thoughts and experiences with blue light exposure in the comments below. Do you have any tips for reducing your screen time or protecting your eyes from the blue light onslaught? Together, we can create a healthy balance in our digital age, ensuring that our eyes and our sleep remain blissfully unburdened by the glow of the screen.
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