How to protect your eyes against blue light

Here are specs to check out if you’ve been spending more time in front of the computer lately

Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers these…

People are going to figure out that the person writing this is a bit of a fossil,  with references to those old screen filters that you attached to CRT monitors back in the ’90s to get rid of glare and filter blue light out. 

Well, so be it. It’s good to age with grace.

Cutler and Gross 1335-02 from Sarabia Optical

Chances are, you’ve heard about blue light and how people’s exposure to it via smartphones, computers and TV sets can mess with sleep patterns and contribute to cumulative eye strain over extended periods. The scientific community hasn’t really come to a consensus on how much blue light is harmful, but there are studies that report on the negative effects that general light pollution and, yes, blue light can have on people’s sleeping patterns. That’s one of the reasons a lot of those old CRT monitor filters had warm tones applied to them in the first place: They were meant to help reduce eye strain.

On the whole, it’s been established that a good rule of thumb is to invest in eye protection if you’re staring at screens for more than a few hours each day. Depending on how quarantine might be going for each of us though, “a few hours each day” might actually be lowballing by an alarming degree. 

The best way to avoid excessive eye strain from using computers and smartphones is, unfortunately, to just stop using them so much. That’s more difficult now that we rely on them to keep in touch and keep things running, so the next best thing is to filter out as much excess light as possible.

Acuvue UV-blocking contact lenses from Optical Works

Contact lenses are a great option for when you can’t bear having actual frames on your face or find them too bulky, but you then have to pay extra attention to your ocular health, making sure your eyes don’t dry out over time. 

SYSTANE® Ultra Lubricant eye drops from Vision Express

After all, there’s not much to say in favor of preventing eye strain when it  ends up being a pain in the neck or anywhere else. Comfort comes as a package deal, with bonus points if you manage to look stylish at the same time. 

AIR Ultem Classic from Owndays

Things are looking up, but we can’t say for sure when the world will go back to how things were before this whole mess began. It’s important to keep in touch with friends and family to keep ourselves centered, but when that means more hours at the PC when you’ve been there working or browsing TikTok for fashion tips, it pays dividends to protect your eyes.

You’ve only got two of them, after all, which is one more than the number of chances you should be wasting on bad Netflix movies. Pick better ones instead.

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