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Why Blue Light Glasses Deserve a Second Look

Nov 02, 2021

A woman wearing glasses with a laptop in her hand

Do you feel like sitting in front of a computer screen all day (like many of us do) is causing your eyes or head to hurt? Many products are available today that help to protect your eyesight from constant screen glare, but blue light glasses are swiftly emerging as a popular form of protection from these adverse effects.

Let’s Be Clear: Blue Light is Not Your Friend

What effects are we referring to? Well, mobile screens, laptops and computer screens emit blue light, which has been scientifically linked to be the cause of many eye-related issues such as serious drying, straining and watery eyes. In some cases, serious irritation can result in conjunctivitis (i.e., pink eye). In addition, regular and frequent exposure to blue light affects the circadian rhythm of the body, which can interrupt your sleep schedule and lower cognitive function.

Now since just walking away from computer screens entirely probably isn’t a realistic option for most people, we need to find other sources of protection. And blue light glasses seem to be one of the more ideal options out there. Let’s take a look at the reasons why, and whether they’re the right fit for you.

Reasons to Try Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Blue light glasses have special lenses that help block out and filter the blue light emitted from digital screens. The main claim of these glasses is that they protect your eyes from retina damage. Consider giving blue light blocking glasses a try if any of these scenarios apply to you:

●     If your job requires you to spend extended periods in front of the computer screen on the daily (e.g., an office employee), you may require blue-light-blocking glasses.

●     If you already suffer from any eye illness, blurred vision or any other eye issue, blue light glasses can reduce the strain on your eyes and make you more comfortable during use.

●     People suffering and/or recovering from eye strain can use blue-light-blocking glasses during their recovery period if they have to use the computer. However, they should never be a substitute for a doctor’s recommendation to rest your eyes, which is extremely important to avoid long-term damage.

●     Constant blue light exposure can make you more prone to headaches, as it can affect your retina and cortex. Blue light glasses will definitely help, but also try shifting to a matte screen instead of a glass or glossy screen to protect your eyes even more.

●     People suffering from sleeping problems may use blue light glasses to prevent the slowdown of melatonin production in your body. This chemical is important to help you feel sleepy and get a good night’s rest.

●     People who suffer from dry eyes may use glasses to reduce their transition in adapting to looking at a computer screen for longer periods of screen time.

Their Effectiveness? Pretty Eye-Opening

Most people who wear blue light glasses do experience improvement in vision-related issues caused by blue light exposure. However, the comfort level is directly related to taking other preventive measures as well. For example, those who use the glasses but give their eyes frequent breaks are more likely to see improvement than those who don’t take any breaks.

It’s also important to select the right blue light glasses for your unique needs. Some lenses may not filter out the blue light adequately and thus may only minimally reduce the negative effects of blue light on eyesight. In addition, the length of time you wear your glasses depends more on your digital screen usage — however, avoiding the risks associated with constant screen exposure is the safest practice.

Blue light glasses can be worn outside as well, just like regular glasses or contacts. Wearing them outdoors protects you from blue light emissions coming from large screens and boards used for advertisements. You can get them specially crafted based on your lens requirements as well.

Other Eye-Saving Solutions to Practice

Although these glasses may filter out some blue light, they fail to offer a complete filter; you may still face problems with your sleep cycle and other routine tasks. So consider the use of blue light glasses as just one of many proactive steps in protecting your eyes, like these:

●     The most effective solution: Reduce screen time. Use your computer only when you need to, and avoid using it for prolonged periods for purposes that can be delayed or avoided completely.

●     Apply the 20-20-20 Rule throughout the day: Look 20 feet into the distance for 20 seconds after every 20 minutes you spend on the digital screen.

●     Always use eye drops or artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated during extended periods of blue light exposure.

●     Distance yourself an arm’s length from the computer screen to avoid serious eye strain.

Give Acima the Green Light When Shopping for Glasses

The final decision regarding whether to use blue light glasses or not comes down to several subjective factors. It’s important to get an expert opinion about the true condition of your eyesight to help you make the right decision for yourself.

And don’t stress about the price tag — you can also find eyewear in the styles you love through one of our many Acima retailers. They can work with you to help you get the frames and lenses you need without having to pay for it all at once or dip into credit.

Common Questions About Blue Light Glasses:

Do blue light glasses actually work?

Blue light glasses do help … to an extent. If you suffer from irritation and strain in your eyes and feel that blue light is the cause of it, then give them a try. Your eyes will likely experience some level of relief.

Can I get blue light glasses with my prescription?

Yes! You can get custom-made blue light glasses with your prescription from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. They will have the correct anti-reflective coating on them, so that your vision through them is clear.

Is it bad to wear blue light glasses all day?

Wearing blue light glasses all day is not recommended. You should take breaks every few hours to give your eyes a few minutes of rest.