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Should You Be Concerned About Blue Light Exposure? (Infographic)

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By the time the average American child reaches age 17, their eyes will have spent the equivalent of nearly six years looking at digital devices according to findings from a new survey by VSP. With so much screen time in today’s world, our eyes are being exposed to an unprecedented amount of high-energy blue light which is emitted from devices like smartphones, tablets, TVs, and even CFL and LED lights. Blue light has caused a huge increase in digital eye strain not only in adults, but also children. The blue light coming off our favorite screens is extremely difficult for the human eye to focus, which causes our eyes to work overtime to try and process it which can lead to headaches, tired eyes, and blurry vision.

From the classroom, to the office, and nearly everywhere in between, digital devices are becoming more and more prevalent in our lives. Yet, survey results show that parents are largely unaware of blue light and its impact on vision. So what can you do to reduce exposure to blue light? Explore the infographic below to learn more.

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23 Comments

  • […] (1) – Source: VSP Blog at http://vspblog.com/blue-light-infographic/ […]

  • Do the blue light filter apps that are now available really help at all?

  • Robert Chappell says:

    Is there a coating for lenses that blocks the blue light ? Are there clip-on lenses that block the blue light ?

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Robert – Your VSP eye doctor can recommend the right product to reduce blue light exposure. One option could be Sharper Image TechShield, which is a coating that is applied to the lens which absorbs and deflects blue light. You can learn more about it here: http://sharperimagevision.com/

  • This explains my blurred vision

  • Dave says:

    Try the program f.lux which will change the color temperature of computer display, reducing it according to the position of the sun. This reduces the blue light in the early morning and evening.

  • Holly Jay says:

    I would like to know the research behind this information. Please send me a full copy of the scientific study.

  • tinzac says:

    I got the coating on my last pair of glasses and what a difference! My eyes don’t feel as gritty/tired and it seems my headaches are reduced. I definitely notice less eye strain. Only thing is the coating reflects blue so I get a lot of comments on my blue lenses

  • Elizabeth Vollstadt says:

    Is there a tint on glasses that would help?

    • Angelina Fifer says:

      Hi Elizabeth – Talk to your VSP eye doctor about your lifestyle (i.e. how much time you spend in front of a digital device/computer/etc.). They will be able to recommend the right product for you. One option could be Sharper Image TechShield, which is a coating that is applied to the lens which absorbs and deflects blue light. You can learn more about it here: http://sharperimagevision.com/

  • Rae Zimmerman says:

    Thank you for the 5 tips. We will incorporate them into family routine. Our teens are already limited to 1 hour of electronics, except tv, per say out of school and nothing after 8 pm!

  • Mike Kestie says:

    I have started wearing some blue-tech glasses and have noticed a difference on how my eyes feel at the end of the day. They have helped me and reduced the number of headaches. I work on a computer throughout most of the day.

  • Sandra G Pressley says:

    This was very informative I had no idea. I am 71 and have essential tremors so I use a kindle fire for reading my Bible, sometimes for hours at a time and I do have a problem with blurred eyes. I have been to have my eyes checked and I have had dry eye problem long before I had my kindle. It is being treated though and I do read a lot some days because I am home alone. Thank You , Sandra Pressley

  • Shelley May says:

    Love this article! We are moving to an online school with my daughter in the fall and her eye doc prescribed blue blocking lenses. After 9 months in Vision Therapy – we didn’t want to risk any regression and anything we can do to protect our most precious tools – we are willing to pay for! This is a great article! So many parents are so misinformed about vision. Thank you!

  • […] with increasing screen time, it found that nearly 60 percent have little to no awareness of blue light — the high-energy light emitted from digital devices — and its impact on vision. As […]

  • […] with increasing screen time, it found that nearly 60 percent have little to no awareness of blue light — the high-energy light emitted from digital devices — and its impact on vision. As […]

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