So exposure to blue light is becoming a major concern to both science and medicine. Because there's data that supports that blue light can affect our sleep cycles, contributes to eye fatigue and could even hurt the retina in the back of the eye.
Well today I'll share with you five ways and how you can protect your eyes from blue light.
When it comes to protecting your eyes from blue light, the easiest solution is often to pick up a pair of anti blue light glasses. Now there's many different brands out there of course if
you're a prescription glasses wearer, purchasing from your local optical stores often get you the best quality of glasses including blue light filters.
Blue Light Filters:
This technology blocks blue light with a blue light filter for eye care also known as a blue light filter glasses. This anti-reflective coating is engineered to eliminate digital eye strain and uses blue light filter glasses that block blue light. It will help reduce eye fatigue, blurry vision, and even headaches.
If you're somebody who doesn't wear glasses, that much or doesn't have a prescription and just needs some type of blue light glasses filters. Then a lot of times you can find a lot of cool brands online. Some night vision glasses are darker yellow type.
Now the reason for the darker yellow lenses they actually block more blue light than these ones do. The blue light filters are actually built into the lenses that makes them kind of a yellow color and actually blocks more of the longer wavelengths of light.
That affect our sleep cycles hence while they're called sleep glasses. Otherwise if you're somebody who doesn't like the yellow kind of look then perhaps using a pair that just has more of a clear lens and the anti reflective coating that actually bounces the blue light off of the lenses and therefore reduces the blue light getting into the eye.
However keep in mind that these sort of clear lenses may not offer as much blue light protection as these yellow lenses. I personally usually wear a type of clear lens. Most of the day and then when I'm home at night in front of a computer screen. I'm wearing more of the dark sleeping lenses.
Use Screen Protectors
So the second way to protect your eyes from blue light is use screen protector. If you're not a huge fan of anti blue light glasses. Use some kind of screen protector on your laptop or computer that will reduce the effect of blue light coming from your laptop or computer.
Night or Blue Mode
The third option is if you have something like a cell phone or digital device that has the ability to go into a blue light mode or a night shift mode. Then go ahead and turn that on that's gonna shift the light coming off of your digital device into more of a yellow filter.
That way it reduces the amount of harsh light entering your eye. Particularly at night time when people are staring at their phones right before going to bed. Now I know a lot of desktop monitors do not have this app capability.
So there are actually are different software programs and one that I've used is called IRIS. Now IRIS actually has the ability to have a kind of a subscription service. Use the pro version it actually allows you switch between different levels of blue light protection.
Whether it's something you want really faint or something that you want more intense. So you can definitely look into that if you were more of a desktop user.
Use Eyes Vitamin
Now the fourth way to protect your eye from blue light is to consider taking some type of eye vitamin. Now there's a lot of data that suggests that blue light could actually increase
the metabolic stress of the back of the eye and that could actually lead to cell death and damage.
Now there are real reason by supplementation and eating a lot of healthy foods is good for the eye is that it increases not just the amount of antioxidants inside the eye but the it actually increases what's called the MPOD or the Macular Pigment Optical Density.
- Macular Pigment Density (MPOD) is a measure of the density of Macular Pigment (MP) in the center of the retina. MP protects your eyes by absorbing damaging blue light.
There's a lot of other benefits in the literature about eye supplementation as well mainly in that they increase your ability to see better in low-light situations and it improves contrast between colors.
I always say that before taking any supplementation make sure that you talk with your doctor and read the ingredients listed on the back to make sure you're not allergic to
any of the ingredients.
Reduce Screen Time
Now the fifth way to reduce blue light exposure is often the hardest and that is to reduce the amount of screen time that you have throughout the day. I know from being at work all day or being at school we all have basically computer screens or phones that were looking at all day long.
I think if you are certainly winding down toward the end of the day and if you can just try to put your phone away for the last two three hours of the day that's at least in some
way that you're gonna reduce that blue light exposure. And at least not affect your sleep cycle.