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Mitigate The Damage Blue Light Can Do On The Body
Most people have heard the term “Blue Light” but don’t really understand what it is and its effect on the human body. Due to the copious amount of miscommunication about Blue Light, people often wonder if it’s as bad as it’s claimed to be.
A General Look At Blue Light
Blue light is in all your electronics – TV, cell phone, tablet, etc. The sun, which you’ve been told not to look directly at, even emits the Blue Light. It is the highest energy light on the visible spectrum, with its 380 to 500nm wavelengths.
With the increase in use of electronics with Blue Light, people wonder if Blue Light really is as dangerous as the claim is. Can Blue Light lead to eye damage or other health issues? And, if you are concerned about Blue Light causing you health problems, there are several ways to alleviate the damage and block Blue Light if you need to stay in front of a computer screen all day.
5 Adverse Effects Blue Light Has On The Body
You may think that Blue Light isn’t dangerous to your health, but think for a moment how you feel when you wake up in the morning. Think about what your health is like when you’re using electronics for an extended period of time.
Do you notice any of the following symptoms when you use Blue Light-emitting electronics?
- Sleep Difficulty –Exposure to Blue Light hinders the brain from producing the necessary amount of melatonin to help you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up rested the next day. Melatonin is the natural sleep hormone the body produces.
- Eye Strain and Fatigue –Looking at your computer, tablet, phone or other electronic all day can cause what is known as Digital Eye Strain. Your eyes are being overworked, looking at a screen all day, causing the eyes to feel tired.
- Blurry Vision –Digital Eye Strain can also cause blurry vision. The Vision Council has estimated that 27.9 percent of adult Americans have blurry vision because people spend at least eight hours a day at the screen.
- Headaches –Do you experience headaches in the afternoon? If so, then your computer is probably the culprit. Digital Eye Strain can also lead to headaches and migraines because of the excess stress placed on the eyes.
- Macular Degeneration –While you may not necessarily realise this symptom, studies show that too much Blue Light can lead to macular degeneration (although more studies need to be done to confirm the link). The macula, which is a part of the retina, is an important aspect to sight. If the macula is affected, you could become blind.
4 Ways To Decrease Blue Light Exposure Effects
- Limit Screen Time - This isn’t going to be easy, given that people rely on their computers and phones every day.
- Incorporate 20/20//20 Method - If you work at a computer, playing games on your phone or watching videos on your tablet, give yourself a 20-second break every 20 minutes. Take those 20 seconds to focus on something 20 feet away from you.
- Use Blue Light Glasses - If you’re going to be used electronics for a long time, use Blue Light glasses to alleviate and stave off digital eye strain symptoms such as headaches and blurry vision. Be sure to get specially-designed 100% UV protection computer glasses that will block the blue light just like EXYRA glasses. This will ease the strain on our eyes and keep them from getting blurry.
- Avoid Electronics At Night - Stop using any Blue Light-emitting devices 30 to 60 minutes before you go to bed.