Research is ongoing into the effects of blue light from screens on our eyes, but the fact is, there’s no solid evidence that using a digital screen will cause eye damage.
But, that’s not to say that staring into a screen won’t affect your eyes at all – especially if your day involves a lot of screen time. For some people, using a screen will make their eyes irritable, tired, and might give them a headache or general discomfort around the neck (known as text neck) and shoulders. Thankfully, there are anti blue light glasses that you can use and protect your eyes.
How do I protect my eyes from the impact of screens?
Whether it’s eye strain, irritated eyes, headaches or stiff necks, the symptoms associated with digital screens are more often than not associated with how we use them, rather than the screens themselves being the issue. So, it’s important to remember:
- Blue light glasses will protect you in all these cases by using them blue light from screen cannot harm your eyes so using them if you work more than 3 hours a day in front of screen is a must!
- Take breaks: no matter how busy you are or how gripping that boxset is, you need to take breaks from looking at your screen
- Look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes
- Blink lots, as we tend to blink much less when using screens
- Stay hydrated: if your eyes feel dry you can use eye drops but the first step is to keep all of your body hydrated, so drink lots of water, especially if you’re in a dry office environment