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how to reduce the effects of blue light

March 15, 2019

Warby Parker is a beloved eyewear brand that doesn’t just make trendy glasses. They bring the power of vision to those in need, offer in-store eye exams, and work to educate their followers on vision health. So when they asked us to help spread the word of vision health for Save Your Vision Month, we were excited to learn more. But, wait a second–what even is blue light? (Yep, same.) According to HOYA, it comes from the sun, CFL bulbs, LED lightbulbs, and LED screens. If better wellness is on your to-do list, these strategies for reducing exposure to blue light are an easy place to start.

Eliminating smoking

As it turns out, smokers are at a higher risk from the effects of blue light. (Source: HOYA.) Just think of this as another reason to give quitting a shot. Poor diets can also make people more susceptible to the effects from blue light, so be sure to listen to your body and enjoy your favorite healthy dishes that make you feel strong and balanced.

 

Upgrade your lenses

Glasses equipped with blue light blocking lenses help filter blue light from digital devices. These are especially important for people who use their smartphones and computers for extended periods of time. If you have an office job, are an online blogger, or even work remotely, wearing eyeglasses that have these special lenses can help reduce the effects of digital eye strain. Digital eye strain can cause dry eyes, blurry vision, and even headaches due to extended use of digital devices.

 

Embrace the shade

The spring sunshine is soon to be out and about, so don’t forget your physical barriers against blue light. Sunglasses or blue light eyewear can help, but don’t forget physical protectants against the bright sun. Try a hat with a wide brim, like this one.

Digitally detox

I know, I know. A digital detox sounds like a recipe for failure. After all, we spend so much time coordinating our lives, both socially and professionally, on our phones. Stacy Davenport, our Feng Shui Expert recommends starting at night.

 

“Keeping screens out can fire the brain so you’re processing that all night. I try to shut it off 30 minutes before going to bed. You should meditate or do something to move your focus down to your heart versus the brain. The brain is always processing: “Did I send that in the right way?” or “How is that coming across?” etc. Try this screen-free strategy for 30 days and see if you wake up feeling more refreshed.”

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