Do Yourself A Favor and Protect Your Eyes

February 6, 2020

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Effects of Blue Light On Your Eyes

In today's world, everything is online. Whether it's on your phone, tablet, or computer, you are staring at a screen. Because of this surplus in screen usage, especially in college students, our eyes are constantly exposed to something known as blue light. What is blue light you might ask? It is high-energy visuble light that is close to UV light on the light spectrum. Constant exposure to it can lead to eye strain, physical and mental fatigue, headaches and eye pain. A recent study showed that blue light can negatively affect the retina of your eyes and cause retinal damage.

Helpful Tips to Protect Your Eyesfrom Blue Light

  1. Make an effort to decrease the amount of time you spend staring at your computer or phone, making sure to take breaks if the screen time is mandatory. 
  2. Get a pair of blue light glasses. These helpful glasses help block out some of the blue light and decrease eye strain. 
  3. Try screen protectors that act as filters. Similar to blue light glasses, these screen filters limit the amount of blue light released from your technology that could damage your eyes. 
  4. Stay at least an arm's length from your computer/device screen. This will decrease some of the blue light that will reach your retina. 
  5. Use night mode. Most phones or computers have a "night mode" setting. This changes the screen's display from blue light to a warmer color. 

It's impossible to avoid blue light producing screens all together. Try out these helpful tips or treat your eyes to a pair of blue light glasses. You only get one pair of eyes so make sure you protect them!

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