It's no secret that most of our lives are spent looking at a computer screen or our phones. Many jobs require constant computer use, and our free time is spent scrolling on Instagram or Twitter. Your phone is likely the first thing you looked at this morning, and the last thing you looked at last night. If your intervening sleep time was poor quality and restless, your screen time might be to blame.
No, not necessarily. The real culprit is the amount of blue light emitted from your screens. While some amount of blue light is good for natural rhythms (sunlight is actually blue light), too much, especially at the wrong time of day, can be damaging to your vision, sleep, and overall health. Natural blue light keeps us alert and energized, but too much exposure can cause eye fatigue, insomnia, and eventually damage to the retina.
The biggest risk of blue light exposure is after dark, when it interrupts our circadian rhythms. Late-night blue light pushes our internal clock back, making it harder to wake up in the morning. Ideally, people would avoid looking at screens for at least three hours before bed, but for many of us, this isn't practical. So what's the college student or freelance worker to do?
Thankfully, lenses have been developed which filter out or block a large percentage of blue light from getting through. Wearing these blue light filter lenses, especially when looking at LED screens after dark, reduces exposure to artificial blue light. Regular use of blue light-blocking glasses helps combat eye strain and leads to much more restful sleep.
You may benefit from wearing blue light glasses if:
A few years ago, the only blue light-blocking glasses you could buy were large and unflattering, with dark yellow or amber-colored lenses. These glasses didn’t pick up much traction initially, since they were a bit odd-looking for workplace wear. Yellow lenses are fine for at-home evening wear to encourage better sleep, but everyday use calls for modern blue light glasses with clear lenses that look like normal readers.
Blue light has been a buzzy topic recently, with lots of glasses companies jumping on the blue light-blocking bandwagon. While this means that there are now lots of flattering, clear lens options to choose from, not all companies test their lenses to make sure they block a large percentage of blue light wavelengths.
When shopping for blue light glasses, make sure a testing process is mentioned, and look for lenses that use an FDA approved lens filter. If a testing process is not explicitly stated, you can email the company to ask how they test. You can see our testing process in this short video, which compares the percentages of blue light blocked by WearMe Pro lenses versus those from a competing company:
Our blue light glasses have multiple layers of FDA approved blue light filter coating on both the inner and outer surfaces of the lenses, for superb blue light protection without sacrificing style. The lenses have no yellow tint, and come in a variety of frames that can be used as a fun fashion accessory as well as great eye protection for the workplace! Who said being healthy wasn't stylish?
Our blue light-blocking glasses:
Remember that although blue light glasses are great for screen time, they don't protect against all types of light. When spending time outside, it's still a good idea to invest in a pair of high-quality polarized sunglasses. We offer lots of affordable and fashionable styles to choose from!