What is Blue Light? Is it harmful?

The sun is and was for thousands of years our only light source. With modern technology, we have expanded our technological capabilities and exposed ourselves to many forms of artificial light, which sounds great, but can have some negative effects on our body.

Quick science lesson: During the day, mostly to wake up, your body produces serotonin. Then, when it is time to go to bed and as the sunlight fades away, your body produces melatonin to put you into sleep mode.

So what does that have to do with blue light? Glad you asked! Blue light is a type of light that is emitted from some energy efficient lighting sources as well as most electronics (tablets, cell phones, TV’s, computers, etc). This blue light blocks and/or reduces significantly the secretion of melatonin into your body, thus disabling you from getting into sleep mode.  When you can’t fall asleep, you stay up longer and lose sleep causing you to feel tired, depressed, drowsy and unmotivated.

Before you ask, the answer is yes, there is a solution. The last 2-3 hours before going to bed are the worst to be exposed to blue light. Reducing your exposure to artificial lighting and electronics is essential to this, but we know this is easier said than done. So, to still be able to surf the web and or watch your favorite show before bed, we recommend reading glasses by our great friends over at Foster Grant! These particular types of readers are called “Computer Readers”.

Readers with an orange tint will disable the blue light to affect your internal functions and will drastically reduce, if not eliminate, the negative effects of blue light. As you can see below, there are 2 styles of Computer Readers, both are unisex, and range in strength from +1.00 to +2.00. Click on either image to be redirected to their product page on our website.

Harrison Computer Readers

Dustin Computer Readers

But wait! There’s more! If you do a significant amount of computer work or data entry, these computer readers will, as we said before, protect you from blue light, but help reduce fatigue while you spend hours of time glued to your screens.

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