If you’re like most people, you probably spend a big portion of your day staring at a computer, smartphone, tablet or TV. And you are by no means the exception! In fact, studies show that the average American adult spends 11 hours a day staring at a screen of some sort. This is especially true of Americans aged 60 and older, who now spend more than half of their leisure time each day consuming on-screen content.
Naturally, this raises a few questions for those concerned about their health. Can too much screen time cause long-term health issues? Can it damage the eyes? We still don’t know the full scope of how all this time will affect our overall health and wellness, but we do know that it can lead to eye strain and sleep problems. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to minimize damage.
The Problem with Screen Time
Have you ever noticed that your eyes feel sore, tired and dry after a long day of working on the computer or reading on your tablet? That’s not a coincidence!
Experts say that viewing angles, glare and light emission from screens can cause more eye strain and eye problems than traditional reading. The primary reason for this is that screens emit blue light, a form of high-energy visible (HEV) light that penetrates the eye deeper than other forms of light..
But it’s not reasonable or realistic to banish screens from your life altogether. A great way to help minimize the damage is to wear blue light filtering glasses when consuming digital content on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Below, we’ll go over a few key blue light glasses benefits and help you decide if they’re right for you.
How Blue Light Glasses Work
Your computer or smartphone screen emits blue light to illuminate the screen and allow you to read and view content. When you’re working, reading or watching videos, this blue light projects outward and penetrates the eye. Blue light glasses work by filtering out some of the wavelengths and stopping them from reaching your eyes. Many also feature special coatings to reduce glare and lessen contrast, which may help reduce eye strain.
How this is achieved depends on the glasses brand and the technologies used in the lenses. Our blue light glasses feature Blue Light Focus™ lenses which filter over 40 percent of high-energy visible blue light. They also have a seven-layer anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and enhance contrast, further preventing eye strain. These technologies are embedded into the lens but are not detectable to the eye, so they look just like regular glasses.
Choosing Your Blue Light Glasses
Finding a pair of blue light glasses starts with assessing your specific eyewear needs. Choose a pair of blue light reading glasses if you typically wear readers when working on the computer or reading on a smartphone or tablet. These come in a variety of strengths to help correct farsightedness so you can read text, watch videos and surf the web comfortably. We also offer no-correction blue light glasses for those who do not need reading lenses but who spend long periods of time looking at screens each day.
Stylish Blue Light Glasses
At Peepers, we have some of the most advanced lens technologies, but no pair of our glasses is designed solely for function. Not only do our stylish specs help you see better and enjoy life free of eye strain, but they also come in a huge variety of trendy frames to match your style. Browse our complete collection to find a pair that speaks to you and helps boost your quality of life.