Watch Out For The Blue Light
Your computer or phone may be straining your eyes. We will give you tips for cutting down on your blue light exposure with changes and filters. Most of us spend the day glued to a screen and an audience report revealed that the average adult spends over 8 hours a day on their devices. The question is: How is the screen time affecting our eye health?
Blue light doesn’t get filtered out by the cornea or the lens, so it shoots to the back of the eyes. Some experts think it might be damaging the retina and leading to conditions like macular degeneration, although there isn’t any research to back these concerns.
Blue light does, however, suppress melatonin – a hormone that helps the body maintain healthy circadian rhythms. This can make it harder to fall and stay asleep, which can have long-term consequences. (This is what one night of poor sleep can do to your brain) Below are simple strategies you can use to protect your eyes from your screens.
Give Your Eyes A Break
Try the 20/20/20 rule. Take a break every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, and focus on something that is at least 20 feet away. You can look out a window or across the office. Set reminders on your phone to make this a regular habit.
Don’t forget to blink! Concentrating on what you’re doing decreases your blink rate, which can cause the moisture to evaporate from your eye and creating blurry vision, eye irritation, redness and even pain.
Download A Light-Reducing App
There are many apps out there that reduce the blue light on your devices. F.lux is a program that can be run on both Windows and iOS systems. The iPhone offers a “Nightshift” mode that can be found in the brightness settings.
The best way to keep your devices from interfering with your sleep is to try to avoid them an hour before you get to bed. Try reading a book or listening to some calming music to help you wind down.