It is no secret that many people are spending a considerable amount of time in front of digital devices, including smartphones, tablets, and TVs. Other than physiological and musculoskeletal issues that are brought about by spending a lot of time scrolling through social media and watching TV, screen time and blue light can significantly impact the health of your eye.
But before we delve into the benefits of using blue light blocking glasses for teens, let’s first understand what blue light is all about.
What is blue light?
Blue light is basically everywhere. It is emitted from the fluorescent lighting and screens of electronic devices, such as phones, tablets, and TVs. Blue light is also found in the sun’s rays. The sun generally contains all colors of light, including green, orange, and blue. While we tend to get most of our exposure to blue light from the sun when outdoors, we are now getting more exposure to blue light more than ever even when indoors – from our screen. This excessive exposure to blue light can affect our eyes’ health. This is where blue light glasses come in. They can protect our eyes from blue light.
What are blue light blocking glasses?
Blue light blocking glasses feature lenses that limit exposure to blue light. The lenses also feature non-glare protection.
These glasses can reduce the potential for damage to the eye and even improve digital eye strain. So, even if you don’t need a prescription, you should consider a pair of glasses with blue light blocking technology.
The benefits of blue light blocking glasses
Now that you have a better understanding of blue light glasses, let’s see some of the benefits of wearing them.
- They reduce eye strain
As mentioned above, too much exposure to blue light can cause eye strain. Our eye’s cornea and lens are not good at filtering High Energy Visible [HEV] light from reaching our retina- the thin layer of light-receiving tissue that lines the back of the eye. This can cause damage to the eye’s light-sensitive cells over time. And as we age, this damage can make us more vulnerable to eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Blue light blocking glasses for teens can help increase contrast on your screen, making it easier to focus and, ultimately, reducing eye strain.
- Better sleep
Another incredible benefit of blue light blocking glasses is that they can help improve the quality of your sleep. Spending too much time on your screen before going to bed can make it harder for you to fall asleep right away. Using blue light blocking glasses can help you sleep better. That’s because short wavelengths delay the release of melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone that starts to release naturally into your system a few hours before bedtime.
- You will experience fewer headaches
Light, particularly blue light can trigger migraines and aggravate headache pain. Blocking blue light with blue light blocking glasses can significantly reduce migraine attacks as well as reduce headaches.
- Reduces risk of eye diseases
While your cornea and eye lens can block out harmful UV light from reaching the retina, they cannot block blue light. Damage to the retina can increase your risk of developing various eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and cataract.