Hello, hello! Today I’m sharing one thing I wish I knew more about (and had) when I was still in school in spirit of this year’s Back-To-School season! This post is dedicated to my hardworking people and students who look at their screens all day. You know who you are! I was toying with the idea of buying Blue-Light Blocking glasses since last year…I know, I know. It should’ve been an easy decision, but my hesitation was due to superficial concerns, hah! I’ve never had glasses…. What if I look silly in them?! I was always proud of my 20/20 vision, but things have started to get blurry lately.
I found myself straining my eyes to read the book spines I have on the shelf across my room, and all this is due to my limitless screen-time. Notice how younger kids have started to need glasses to see clearly now? The age seems to be getting younger as each generation goes by. Here’s some insight from a Harvard study as to why that is-
Screens emit blue-light that keep people alert and (somewhat) productive during the day, but the light becomes especially harmful at night. Increased screen time is linked to “some types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity,” but people never knew why. This study discovered a positive correlation between screen-time and blood sugar levels. The more screen-time, the higher the blood-sugar levels, the more your body is likely to go into a prediabetic state. Scary, huh?
One solution the study suggests is to “avoid the screen 2 to 3 hours before bed” because exposure to blue light suppresses your body’s production of melatonin. Btw, melatonin is the hormone in charge of your sleeping schedule and is pretty darn important. So we should probably think twice the next time we try to pull an all-nighter… but I know this just isn’t possible sometimes….So…
Another solution is to buy some blue-light blocking glasses (which is what I did)! I was under the impression that these types of glasses would be way out of my budget. Well, some are. But these glasses I bought from Amazon were a whopping $19.95 and cute! I chose LifeArt out of all the brands on Amazon because I liked the style more and there were more positive reviews from buyers! They also offer prescripted blue light blocking glasses styles, too!
My package came with the glasses, a case, a cleaning cloth, a mini blue light flashlight, and a testing card, which I appreciated since I’m usually a skeptic! Since using the glasses for about 2 weeks, I’ve noticed my sleeping schedule has gone back to normal. This is unless I’m out until midnight… but that’s my own fault, haha! I haven’t had to rest my eyes every hour, or squint and look away after writing paragraphs anymore. I also notice that I’m able to read my book spines with ease once more!
Please consider buying blue-light blocking glasses especially if your work requires you to look at a screen for 5+ hours. You only have one pair of eyes. Take care of them as well as you can!
Let me know if you have any other brands that you’d recommend and why! I’d love to find out more 🙂 Thanks for reading!