August is here, which means school is just around the corner! As technology becomes more and more central in our lives, kids are likely to spend as much time in front of the screen during the school year – if not more – than ever.
Parents worry about how much screen time their children get, thinking hours spent on the computer, tablet, smartphone, or in front of the TV may be detrimental to their social skills or physical fitness. While many studies show both the pros and cons of kids using digital devices, one thing is for sure: too much screen time can be harmful for our health. Specifically, the blue light from our everyday devices is a huge contributor to headaches, eye strain, and even sleep issues.
Increasingly, students are learning with computers and tablets in classrooms and completing more homework with the assistance of screens. The artificial blue light emitted from screens can cause digital eye strain and disrupt our biological clock, negatively impacting sleep, health, and productivity. BluTech lenses block out the right amount of blue light from digital devices and LED lights, helping students sleep better and avoid the literal headaches caused by our digital world.
The light spectrum that our eyes take in ranges from short wavelengths and more energy to long wavelengths and less energy. Blue light is made of short wavelengths and more energy, which means it’s hard for the eye to focus on. While it’s not inherently dangerous, our lifestyle now revolves around digital devices and artificial lights that bathe us in blue light, which means it’s easy to exceed healthy levels of blue light, especially in the evening.
Unfortunately, children and youth are particularly at risk for excess blue light. There are a few reasons for this: their larger pupils let in more blue light, they tend to hold devices more closely, and kids are found to average 9 or more hours per day on a device.
How BluTech’s Lenses Can Help
BluTech’s highly advanced lenses are infused with proprietary pigments and dyes to mimic the way your eye naturally protects itself against blue light. While some blue-blocking glasses block ALL blue light, including healthy amounts, BluTech’s near-clear lenses filter more of the blue light known to be associated with glare, eyestrain, headaches, and sleep issues without distorting vision.
People who use BluTech lenses say that they sleep better, their eyes are more relaxed, and they have a significant reduction in headaches. BluTech has lenses with different levels of protection to suit anyone, depending on how heavy one’s technology use is.
As we become increasingly digital, it’s important to consider your household’s use of devices and the possible dangers of blue light. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam for yourself and your child, and to learn how BluTech lenses may benefit your family, contact us today.