Are Blue Light Glasses Right for You?
Are Blue Light Glasses Right for You?
Do you know how many hours the typical person spends looking at screens everyday?
Ten. That’s right. Ten.
We know what you’re thinking—there’s no waaay I spend that much time on digital devices. Well, think about it. How often are you looking at your phone, computer, or television throughout the day? I mean, you’re looking at a screen now...right?
We’re not knocking technology. In fact, we love it, too. However, did you know that all that screen time can mean bad news for your vision and overall health?
Why Screen Time is Hurting Your Health
All the screens we look at throughout the day emit blue light. While our bodies need some blue light to regulate our wake and sleep cycles, prolonged exposure to blue light emitted from electronic devices has the power to disrupt your sleep, produce symptoms of eye strain, and eventually cause permanent damage to your vision. Yikes. However, there is a solution. Wearing blue light glasses can decrease how much blue light your eyes are exposed to on daily basis and therefore help mitigate the negative effects of blue light on your health.
So if, like most of us, you spend a lot of time looking at screens (like now...), you may still be wondering—do I really need blue light glasses?
You’d Benefit from Blue Light Glasses if...
1. You spend long hours in front of your computer, smartphone, or other digital device each day.
Whether you’re replying to emails at work, scrolling through your feed, or on a late-night Netflix binge, all those hours in front of screens add up. If you’re spending multiple hours each day in front of a digital device, blue light glasses can help protect your eyes and prevent eye strain. Remember, damage from blue light is cumulative, so the more time you spend in front of screens without protection, the more likely you are to experience problems down the road.
2. You’re experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain.
Be honest, how often do you get blurred vision or headaches while spending time at your computer or on your phone? Both of these symptoms, along with dry eyes, redness, and eye fatigue, are all signs of digital eye strain, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). When you’re exposed to high levels of blue light, your eyes work extra hard to cope with these High Energy Visible (HEV) wavelengths. Give your eyes a break. Using blue light glasses help keep the eyes relaxed during screen time, reducing or eliminating symptoms of digital eye strain.
3. You have trouble falling sleeping.
There’s a reason people say to turn off all digital devices a few hours before bedtime. Any light at night has the power to suppress melatonin, which in turn, disrupts our circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are like internal clocks that guide our sleep and wake cycles. When they get thrown out of whack, we usually have trouble falling asleep and the sleep we do get may be low quality. Lack of good quality sleep has been linked to health problems such as depression, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. However, even though all light at night can shift our circadian rhythms, researchers at Harvard found that blue light exposure has the power to disrupt circadian rhythms TWICE as much. Using blue light glasses after dark allows you to indulge in your favorite nighttime activities, such as reading on your tablet or watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones, while keeping your circadian rhythms in check.
4. You do work at night.
For college students, night owls, shift workers, or anyone else logging hours in front of screens after the sun goes down, blue light glasses can help your body regulate melatonin production. In addition to affecting circadian rhythms, some studies have shown links between low melatonin levels and certain types of cancer, obesity, and heart disease. Come on, y’all, we all know those are things we’d like to avoid. Protect your body and your eyes by using blue light glasses during late-night study or work sessions.
5. You’re concerned about your long-term eye health.
Want to know a fun fact? Blue light is not a technological invention. In fact, it’s naturally emitted from the sun! However, our eyes were not designed to be constantly exposed to blue light for hours on end, according to the latest Nielson Total Audience Report, is creeping up towards 11 hours of screen time a day. Since blue light can penetrate the eyes’ natural filters, over time, this can lead to serious and permanent eye damage. Long-term blue light exposure has been linked to age-related macular degeneration, cone cell death in the retina, and can even lead to blindness. No thanks! Using blue light glasses limits how much blue light your eyes are exposed to, helping to ensure your eyes stay healthy over time.
6. You want an excuse to wear glasses!
No, but seriously—people ask us everyday if they can wear blue light glasses just for style. The answer is a definite YES. Our blue light glasses not only protect your eyes from blue light but they also provide 100% UV light protection so they'll keep you protected outdoors as well. Look cool and keep your eyes healthy? Sounds like a win to us.
Block Blue Light and Look Good Doing It
So, to recap, if you...
Spend a lot of time looking at screens everyday
Are struggling with symptoms of digital eye strain
Have trouble falling asleep at night
Regularly work after the sun goes down
Are concerned about keeping your body and eyes healthy
Want to up your style game with some cool glasses
...blue light glasses can help. And guess what? Once you’ve made the decision to invest in blue light glasses, we’re here to make sure you get the very best.
PIXEL Blue Light Glasses
Pixel glasses feature handcrafted frames, premium anti-reflective coating, and surgical grade protection that blocks 95% of the strongest blue light wavelengths. Our glasses are designed to:
Reduce computer glare
Ease symptoms of eye strain
Block damaging blue light
Resist scratches and smudges
Repel dust and water
Block 100% UV light
Reduce color and image distortion
What’s more, unlike most blue light glasses on the market, our lenses are virtually clear with no strong yellow tint. Whether you’re being a boss at work or relaxing on the couch watching your favorite show, keep your eyes and body protected without crimping your style.