Let there be light! From screens to bulbs to the blue sky above, we’re exposed to a lot of light during our day. Here’s the thing — all that light is exhausting to deal with, in one way or another.
The invention of lamps and lighting may help us function in modern society, but they also interfere with the way our bodies naturally function. Artificial lighting disrupts the body’s circadian rhythm — the body’s 24-hour sleep/wake cycle — by altering the production of melatonin. In fact, without exposure to all that artificial light, our bodies will revert to their original sleep cycles. For most of us, however, removing this light is impossible. As a result, the lights in our offices and homes alike keep us restless long into our evenings and nights.
To make matters even worse, the light from our technology and screens can put a lot of pressure on our poor eyes. Blue light from computer screens and digital devices is made up of short, high energy wavelengths of light. The result is that our eyes work harder to filter and decipher this light, often from the moment we get up to the moment we go to sleep. All this work can lead to digital eye strain. Symptoms of digital eye strain may include blurry vision; trouble focusing on one thing; red, tired eyes; dry eyes; and headaches.
Coping with the Light
The good news is that you don’t have to settle for the uncomfortable side effects of all this light! There are things you can do to address the effects of both overhead and screen-based lighting.
To help combat the effects of artificial light, experts recommend dimming the lights in your home at least one hour, if not two, before you head to bed. Minimizing bright overhead lighting will help your body and brain begin to unwind, and will help lull you into a state of rest.
As for our eyes, experts recommend taking breaks from screens whenever possible. The 20/20/20 rule in particular is a must. Here’s how it works: you take a break every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, and look at something that’s at least 20 feet away. Setting a calendar or phone reminder can help you make this a routine habit.
Blinking can also help your eyes throughout the day. When we work, we actually blink less frequently, which can lead to our eyes drying out and can contribute to eye strain symptoms.
Since we use lit screens constantly, however, you may need additional help to address their effects. Using filters or computer glasses designed specifically to minimize our exposure to exhausting blue light is one of the best ways to alleviate the symptoms of digital eye strain. It used to be that computer eyeglasses were very distinctive thanks to their yellow tinting. These days, though, your computer eyeglasses can be much more discreet and stylish!
For examples of some of the best computer glasses available today, one need look no further than Phonetic Eyewear’s own store. Our glasses are each made with blue blocking lenses, designed to combat the effects of Digital Eye Strain and alleviate the symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome. Using a proprietary lens coating, we reflect and absorb a portion of the potentially harmful blue light emitted from computers and other backlit devices. As a result, our computer eyeglasses are both stylish and useful!
If you use computers, phones, or tablets on a regular basis, owning glasses for computer use is one of the best investments you can make in yourself. Check out our online shop to start shopping and find the perfect frames for your busy, screen-heavy life!