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Blue Light & Computer Vision Syndrome

How To Prevent Computer Eye Strain

Do you often experience blurred vision, eyestrain or headaches after being on your computer or smartphone for an extended amount of time? If so, you may be experiencing a condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome. Fortunately, eye doctors have developed a special type of eyeglasses, known as computer glasses, that are made specifically to address the unique needs of those who are on the computer or other electronic devices for extended periods of time each day.

Preventing Blue Light Exposure

Computer glasses are an absolute necessity for maintaining both your short term visual comfort and long term visual health as you work and play in a world increasingly dominated by computers and smartphones.

Blue light is high energy visible (HEV) light, meaning that it’s part of the spectrum of light we can see, but its wavelengths are so short that it’s more powerful and potentially dangerous. Digital devices like smartphones and computers emit high levels of blue light, so if you’re exposed for more than 2 hours a day — and who isn’t, right? — then you need to think about blue light protection.

Studies have shown that blue light can cause long-term damage to the eyes. In particular, the retina at the back of the eye, is sensitive to extensive blue light exposure. HEV light has been implicated in the development of serious eye diseases including macular degeneration.

Ask the optometrist in Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak Eye Care about protecting your eyes from digital eye strain and blue light exposure. There are lens coatings and specialized glasses for computer use.