All About Eyes Of Sayville
Optometrists located in Sayville, NY
Blue light is a section of the light spectrum that can cause eye strain and other eye problems after prolonged exposure. With the prevalence of energy-saving light bulbs and especially phone and computer screens, avoiding overexposure to blue light has become almost impossible. Fortunately, All About Eyes of Sayville, in Sayville, New York, has the solutions you need to protect your eyes, including a wide selection of protective lenses. Call the office or set up an appointment online today.
Blue Light Q & A
What is blue light?
Blue light can be found almost everywhere. As a key component of sunlight, we see blue light every day, but it’s the new sources of blue light that we need to be aware of.
Smartphones, laptops, tablets — anything with a screen — and some light bulbs can expose you to blue light. The cumulative effect of all this blue light can be long-term health issues.
What are the risks of blue light?
Over time, blue or blue-violet light put a great amount of strain on the eyes. The delicate retinal cells deep in the eye can become strained from processing more prolonged, intense light than it is designed for.
Studies have also shown that overexposure to blue light can lead to macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss.
What are the main sources of blue light?
The chief sources of blue light include:
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)
- LED lights
- Flat-screen LED televisions
- Computer monitors, tablets, and cell phone screens
If you find yourself spending much time around any of these, it’s a good idea to get regular eye exams.
How can I tell if I’ve been exposed to too much blue light?
If your eyes are under strain from too much blue light, you’ll probably notice one or more of the following:
- Dry eyes
- Trouble getting to sleep and staying that way
You also could have trouble keeping your focus after long periods of work in front of a screen or find yourself squinting often. Regular eye exams are the best way to catch eye strain early.
How can I protect myself from blue light?
One of the best protections against blue light is to wear protective lenses. Protective lenses can filter out blue light before it reaches your eyes, enough to make it much easier for them to process. This can make work and daily life a lot easier and more comfortable, with benefits including:
- Better color recognition
- Improved peripheral vision and depth perception
- Better visual clarity
- Protection from distracting glares and reflections
- Relief from eye fatigue
Protective lenses are one of the best preventative measures you can take to ensure your eye health, especially if you spend a lot of time looking at screens for work or fun.
If you have questions about blue light or are interested in an eye exam, call All About Eyes of Sayville or make an appointment online today.