Right about now, you’ve probably closed your laptop after a long day in the office, and picked up your phone to start scrolling. Whether you’re on social media, checking your emails, or catching up on the latest episode of a series; our daily screen usage is prominent now, more than ever. You may think you’re not one who’s succumbed to the digital age, but you’d be surprised at how much your daily habits have changed over the past few years, and how much your screen time has increased. Instead of reading a paperback book, perhaps you download a new one on your tablet; or instead of reading a printed newspaper to keep up with the latest news, you might switch on the TV or check out an article online. Just think, when was the last time you took out your phone to google something?
As our daily habits change, we experience the knock on effects, and unfortunately our eyes are starting to struggle. Everyday use of digital devices leads to increased exposure to blue light, a harmful light emitted from the sun, but also from our digital screens.
How do blue light glasses work?
Let’s face it – technology is here to stay, and while we can try to limit our usage, ultimately we need these devices to exist in the modern age. To help minimise the negative side effects of increasing screen time, blue light glasses (also known as computer glasses) are the latest working essential, designed to help protect your eyes by reducing the amount of blue light that reaches your eye. Blue light lenses are specially designed for added comfort during heavy screen time, and to help filter out harmful UV light when you’re outdoors. When you buy a pair of blue light glasses from SmartBuyGlasses, these will include zFORT™ blue light blocking technology that helps to block blue light wavelengths by creating a ‘fort-like’ protection to the eye and limiting their penetration. Perfect for gamers, scrollers or workers – SmartBuyGlasses is home to a wide range of designer and budget-friendly frames to reduce eye strain from extended screen use.
Why do I need a pair?
Everyday exposure to blue light from our digital devices can lead to more than just eye strain. On a daily basis, it can cause blurry vision, eye fatigue, headaches and sleep disruption. So if you’re experiencing headaches after long days at work, or feeling super tired but not being able to sleep – daily screen time could be the reason why. Remember, even if you don’t require a prescription correction, blue light block lenses are beneficial for anyone who works in an office or uses digital devices throughout the day!
How to create a healthy screen-life balance
Whilst we can’t completely stop using our devices, we can try to reduce our exposure to blue light by investing in blue light glasses, taking regular screen breaks, and using tools on our devices to limit our exposure:
Pick up an eye-friendly habit you want to have, and invest in a pair of blue light blocking glasses. Now one of the most popular types of eyewear amongst designer brands, blue light glasses come in a variety of sleek styles – so you can protect your eyes, whilst looking stylish!
2. Try the 20-20-20 rule
If you’ve been using a screen for longer than 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. Practice this regularly and it’ll slowly become a daily habit. If you can, try to walk away from your screen and move around!
3. Schedule an eye exam or chat to an online optician
When was your last eye exam? Schedule an eye exam at your local opticians to keep on top of your eye health. Better yet, chat to an online optician about any worries, and they’ll be sure to recommend the best ways to improve your eye health.