In this digital era, it’s safe to say we’ve all crawled into bed once or twice with sore, burning eyes or dry, blurry contact lenses. In the US, 60% of residents say they’ve experienced some effects of digital eye strain. Once in a while seems fine, but if you experience discomfort consistently, then it’s time to consider the factors.
In the EU, Europeans spend between two and three hours in front of a screen per day outside of work, while 67% use two or more devices at the same time. God only knows how those numbers have skyrocketed due to stay-at-home orders and remote work.
Digital eye strain is a common result of extended screen time and excessive bright lighting. It’s not only HDTVs, laptops, tablets, or smartphones that emit blue light, even fluorescent light bulbs and LED lights make a contribution. Chances are if your eyes feel sore, tired, watery, burning, or itching, it’s because they’ve grown sensitive to all the artificial blue light emitted throughout your room and office.
On the scale of visible light, the shorter the wavelength, the more energy the light packs. Blue light sits at the highest end of that scale, right next to UV light. Extended periods of exposure may overwork the eyes, considering the work your retinas go through when focusing and adjusting to what’s on your screen.
To combat burning eyes and dry contacts, among other symptoms of over-exposure to blue light and digital eye strain, consider healthy moderation practices and a good pair of blue light filtering glasses. Or you could cut back on screen time, but we understand this is a difficult time for all of us, and self-control may not be an option. So, you do you!
And if you decide to try out a pair of blue light blockers, browse our selection here!