Between our smartphones, computers, tablets, and televisions, we are all spending much of our time looking at electronic screens. Unfortunately, electronic devices emit blue light, which can cause computer vision, eye strain, and other complications. For many people, blue light glasses can help protect your eyes and reduce discomfort.
Here at Optical Expressions, our optometrist can help residents of Scottsdale and Phoenix understand the benefits of blue light glasses and find the right pair for your lifestyle.
Top 3 Benefits of Blue Light Glasses
1. Relief from Eye Strain and Computer Vision
Simply put, eye strain is a feeling that your eyes are overly tired from intense use. Eye strain can occur when reading, working or focusing for long periods of time. Throw in blue light from electronic devices and the problem gets even worse, resulting in computer vision. Symptoms of computer vision include tired eyes, headaches, blurred vision, sore neck, sensitivity to light, and trouble concentrating.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, optometry care may offer solutions. Blue-light-blocking eyewear can limit the blue light waves absorbed by your eyes. This simple solution can prevent and relieve the symptoms of both eye strain and computer vision.
2. Better Sleep
Blue light can disrupt your body’s natural circadian rhythm and sleep cycle. Blue light can block the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and prevent you from feeling sleepy, even when it is well past bedtime. The obvious solution is to turn off all electronic devices an hour before bed. Unfortunately, work schedules and homework requirements can make this impossible. Another option is to wear to use blue light eyeglasses when using phones or screens before bed.
3. Reduce the Risk of Macular Degeneration
Overexposure to blue light waves may increase the risk of macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of blindness. As blue light can make its way through the cornea, all the way to the retina. The retina is home to light-sensitive cells, which can be damaged by blue light. Blue light eyeglasses, and the guidance of an eye doctor, can help prevent this cellular damage.
Call Your Optometrist Today
If you are suffering from eye strain, computer vision, or disrupted sleep, it might be time to discuss blue light glasses with your optometrist. If you are in Scottsdale or Phoenix, give Optical Expressions a call today and request an appointment.
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