Blue light is all around us. It can be found in the sun, your computer screen, your phone, the TV, and even the fluorescent lights that flood stores and offices. Blue light is essentially unavoidable.
In some ways, your body needs blue light to function properly. It’s what helps you maintain a steady sleep cycle and tells you when you should feel alert and awake. However, close and extended exposure to blue light could result in damage and discomfort to your eyes.
Nowadays, many of our daily tasks and even jobs rely on a constant connection to digital devices, making it even more important than ever before to pay attention to proper eye care.
This is where blue light glasses come in.
By now, you’ve probably already noticed the hype around blue light glasses. You might even own a pair! If not, here’s a quick refresh: Blue light glasses are special lenses that are made to block, or filter out blue light before it hits the eye.
With all of this blue light around us, you might be wondering:
Is it beneficial to wear them all the time, or should they be worn while performing certain tasks?
In this post, we’re revealing when to wear blue light glasses and whether it’s healthy to wear them all day.
When to Wear Blue Light Glasses
Generally speaking, blue light glasses are okay to wear all day long. These special glasses are intended to reduce your amount of blue light exposure. This means that any time you are exposed to blue light for long periods, you should be wearing blue light glasses.
Think: working on your laptop, watching a movie, reading on your tablet, scrolling through your phone, and even playing video games are all times you would want to wear blue light glasses.
Here are the most beneficial times when you should wear blue light glasses:
When working on the computer
The average adult spends at least 4 hours per day using a computer or laptop. Some employees, digital nomads, people working remotely, or even students attending online classes spend nearly 8 hours per day staring at their computer screens.
Staring at a computer screen for this long can lead to digital eye strain, headaches, and can even impact your sleep.
If you find yourself in a position where you are spending long hours working on the computer, then you might want to consider wearing blue light glasses while you work or study.
When using your smartphone or tablet
Let’s face it.
Long days spent in front of the computer screen are often followed by long hours scrolling through your phone.
Even when you take a break during the workday, most likely pick up your phone and check on social media, watch a quick video or respond to messages.
Smartphones, tablets, and all other handheld digital devices contribute to blue light exposure (or should we say overexposure). For this reason, we suggest keeping your specs on while you scroll.
When watching a movie or playing video games
It’s not only computers and smartphones that emit blue light.
When you decide to relax with a movie before bed – you guessed it – you’re still being exposed to blue light.
To minimize your exposure, wear blue light glasses when watching a movie or show.
The same goes for playing video games. You might not realize it, but hours go by quickly when you’re playing video games, meaning more unwanted exposure to blue light. Pro tip: keep your blue light glasses to protect your eyes while playing.
Indoors and outdoors
As mentioned earlier, blue light is all around us. This means that it can be found both indoors (like LED lights) and outdoors (natural sunlight).
For this reason, it can be beneficial to wear blue light glasses even when you’re not looking at a screen. So before you head outside, be sure to grab your blue-light-blocking glasses!
It is important to note that your blue light glasses should not completely block out all blue light. Your glasses should allow a healthy amount of blue light to filter through your lenses as this is necessary to maintain a healthy sleep-wake cycle. To learn more about blue light and sleep, check out this blog post.
Conclusion: When to Wear Blue Light Glasses
Blue light glasses can be worn anytime, anywhere! During the day or night, while you are working on a computer, or even when you are simply enjoying the great outdoors.
Our team at bluwinx believes that you have the right to a good night’s sleep. That’s why we offer fashionable frames with KODAK Total Blue® Lens technology that provides unsurpassed protection against harmful blue-violet light.
If you are interested in learning more about blue light, visit our blog, and read more about blue light and sleep-related topics.
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