Today, it is very common for most people to spend a lot of time in front of some type of digital screen. Whether for work or play, the amount of time spent with digital devices means that our eyes are often overexposed to blue light. It also puts you at a higher risk for digital eye strain and other eye conditions.

Why is Blue Light Such a Problem?

Blue light, which is emitted from digital devices like computer screens, can have both a temporary and cumulative effect on your eyes. It can temporarily cause digital eye strain that will ease up after resting your eyes for several hours.

Symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Irritated red or dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

However, the cumulative effect of blue light exposure can be more concerning because it puts you at a higher risk for age-related macular degeneration or cataracts. This is because the corneas and lenses in your eyes are not designed to filter out blue light. They allow the blue light to reach your retinas, which can become damaged over time because they are extremely sensitive to light.

Protect Your Eyes with Computer Glasses

Regular prescription eyeglasses used for vision correction are not enough to protect your eyes from digital eye strain. Instead, computer glasses are made specifically to reduce eye strain. Computer glasses have a special anti-reflective coating that helps to reduce glare and blue light exposure. They usually are slightly tinted to improve contrast for more comfortable viewing of digital screens. Computer glasses could be just what you need to help keep your eyes healthy and to avoid digital eye strain.

If you are tired of your eyes being tired, it is time for an eye exam with one of the doctors at Valley Eyecare. Call us at 602-955-2700 or schedule your appointment online