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Eye Doctors are Concerned about Blue Light (Infographic)

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Did you know blue light is one of the top growing concerns of eye doctors today? VSP recently surveyed a sample of our 30,000 eye doctors and they reported an alarming concern about the potential hazards of blue light.

Buy why all the hubbub now? Well that’s a great question and the answer is fairly straight forward. We’ve always been exposed to blue light (from the sun) but exposure used to end when the sun went down. Now children are growing up on digital devices and our exposure to blue light is constant for most of the time we are awake. That’s what is concerning doctors.

What doctors have to say about blue light

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113 Comments

  • JamesK says:

    I spend 8 hours in front of my computer for my job.

  • amanda whitley says:

    too many! i am on the computer about 12-16 hours.

  • Anna says:

    This is great information. I spend close to 12 hours on the computer every single day and after reading this, I will try and reduce my five year old’s exposure to the laptop

  • Christopher Cassady says:

    I spend about 11 hours a day on my phone,which is a lot but I enjoy it. I’ve battled my demons in the past and by me spending time on social media like I do, I haven’t returned to my old ways. It’s not a healthy alternative but it’s better than what I was doing. I haven’t ran into any visual problems with my current situation. I spend about an 30 minutes to an hour on my computer daily, don’t have a tablet but I’m sure it would be about 30 minutes a day if I did.

  • Ken P says:

    Great info!

  • Amy C says:

    I spend 4-5 hours a day. Help!! Thanks for the info.

  • Mary Wright says:

    I spend way more time on devices than I realized. Once I counted up all the hours., I was shocked! I use a computer all day, watch television, use my cell phone – yikes! I probably spend 8 hours a day or more with blue light in my face!

  • Susan P. says:

    I spend between 8 – 10 hrs. on the computer and about 30 min. on my phone.

  • Eileen C. says:

    I am exposed for 4 or 5 hours a day.

  • Debbie Green says:

    I spend 6-8 hours a day at work on a computer and another 1 to 4 hours each evening working with a computer/ipad/or e-reader

  • Tiffany V says:

    I spend, at the very least, 10 hours a day in front of a computer screen. I tend to spend a LOT less on the weekends though, so it’s nice to have a few days of a ‘break’ to let my eyes rest!

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  • Joanna Schally says:

    I spend hours in front of my TV and end my day with my Kindle in bed….at least 8 to 10 hours daily.I notice my vision is blurry when I shut down…

  • keith butts says:

    Even this blog causes my eyes to go crazy.

  • Linda says:

    10 to 12 hours per day. Not good.

  • Denise Petty says:

    I would love to get some blue light protection for my son! And even for myself. You can’t be too careful with your eyes.

  • Jill McCormick says:

    After 8 hours at work, I try to keep my home usage under 2 hours.

  • Jayne Wong says:

    2 – 6 hours (if I’m working)

  • Madeline lopez says:

    I can spend 9 hours at work and 4hours at home. Ifind my eyes get very tired and see blury at times.

  • Leilani says:

    I spend 4 or more hours a day on my computer and few hours watching tv or a tablet on top of that.

  • Terry Cross says:

    I spend about 6 hours a day on the computer at home.

  • Roy Haddock says:

    I usually spend about four to six hours looking at a monitor at work and when I get home I spend about two hours on my phone.

  • Sherry says:

    6-7 hours a day. Ugh.

  • keith butts says:

    I easily spend 10 hours a day in front of my computers both at work and home.

  • Scott says:

    About three hours a day. On computer and phone all together.

  • Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I spend about 12 hours a day in front of the screen. I appreciate this information and plan on seeing the eye doctor soon (and, I’ll also try to cut down on the time I spend sitting at the computer!)

  • lasik uae says:

    I often spend almost 10 hours on the laptop each day.. This blog post really did make a difference.

  • Mary K. says:

    My proofreading has gone to heck too. “double” was supposed to be couple.

  • Mary K. says:

    I’m on my computer from the time I wake up(7:30-8am) until I go to sleep (usu.(2am.) I do take a double hours break during the day. Wow, maybe 14hrs. I’ve been doing eye exercises. Maybe I should look into these blue light glasses.

  • Tom McCormick says:

    I spend 8 hours a day in front of a computer, then 1-2 at home in front of a tablet.

  • Frances W Clark says:

    I spend @ least 4 hours per day on my I phone. I just went to my VSP eye doctor and my eyesight has changed tremendously.

  • Jennifer Herman says:

    I spend around 5 or more hours a day on the computer/ipad.

  • John Herman says:

    I spend about 2 hours a day on the computer.

  • Tim B says:

    I spend 8 hours looking at a screen.

  • ed goldstein says:

    i probably spend 6 hours a day in front of a laptop screen

  • James Holodnick says:

    I mostly use my big screen tv as my computer, but I still use a laptop or ipad a few hours a day. I’m more concerned about my wife using her iphone hours and hours a day, and my daughter, is using the ipad a lot

  • I spend about 4 hours at work in front of a computer and about 3 hour reading for pleasure on my e reader. I can’t wear contacts anymore because my eyes are too dry.

  • angela smith says:

    I spend 8 Hours on the computer everyday and about 2 on my tablet

  • Sunshyn V says:

    I spend at least 14 hours a day in front of a screen between work and relaxation because I am disabled and unable to get around.

  • Joyce K says:

    8-10 hours at work, then another 4-6 hours at home. I think I need a vacation.

  • Jennifer Tuttle says:

    I spend about 8 hours on the phone altogether…no computer or iPad so this is where my time is spent

  • Rosemary O says:

    17 hrs. a day!! Way too long and my eyes are getting worse.

  • Lisa West says:

    I spend 5+ hours on either a computer or my tablet per day.

  • Jen Byrnes says:

    3-6 hours depending on the day.

  • Kay says:

    I am very interested in the above problems about problems sleeping. I don’t have a problem sleeping per se; however, now that I think about it, if I’ve spent time just before bed on the computer, I do have trouble *falling* asleep! I spend way more time on the computer than I should, probably 10 hours per day total. I am very interested in this study.

  • Kerry L Galloway says:

    8 in front of work computer
    2 on iPhone

  • Merry Lenz says:

    I use a computer and or promethean board 5 hrs while teaching and spend another 3-4 hours with TV or laptop at home

  • Kimberly L says:

    I spend about 8 hours a day on my computer.

  • terak says:

    I spend 2 to 3 hours a night on my computer plus watch TV and then all day at work on a computer.

  • Alicia Feldman says:

    I am not eligible for glasses this year, but am anxious to try them next year when I get new glasses!

  • Lynn Armstrong says:

    I spend 8-12 hours per day on my phone, computer and tablet. I have never heard of the blue light before now, thanks!

  • Adele says:

    I try for a maximum of two hours per day.

  • Donna F. says:

    Probably about 10 hours for me, but luckily I sleep like a baby!

  • LaTonya Atkinson says:

    I spend about 12 hours a day in front of my laptop

  • M Wong says:

    8 hours

  • Kim Puckett says:

    I spend over 8 hours in front of a dual monitor computer Monday-Friday. I am probably on personal devices between 1-2 hours each evening.

  • Audrey H. says:

    Id say I spend 8-10 hours in front of a computer ot tablet.

  • Sinda says:

    I use my laptop, tv, and phone about 4-6 hours a day. I limit the amount of time my kids use these items. I didn’t know about the bliss light until this article.

  • Wow, pretty scary when I think about it…10 hours on a PC, and 3 hours of television, with intermittent cell-phone use. Yikes!

  • patti duncan says:

    I spend approximately 3-4 hours on the computer and maybe 2 hours a day watching tv!

  • Michelle Lindquist says:

    I’m on my desktop computer at least 6-8 hours per day. Hadn’t heard of blue light prior to seeing the VSP blog and Facebook posts.

  • alona says:

    4-6 hours

  • Mittal Patel says:

    I am a computer engineer and I spent 10-12 hours in front of computer. My eye number started going up since I have started working. My daughter spends 2 hours per day watching TV/Tablet.

  • John says:

    I spend most of my awake hours using one of the aforementioned devices…this is definitely something to be concerned about.

  • Nicole Shaffer says:

    I spend 8 hours in front of my computer during the day and another 2-3 hours in front of the TV and my tablet.

  • Jeanne Rousseau says:

    I spend about 12 hours a day on my laptop. I work from home and blog, therefore I always seem to be online. I worry about my son and his computer time, but luckily he had very little time in front of electronic devices before the age of ten because we believe that playing outside and family time was the most important. However as teenagers it’s very hard to convince them to get outside and away from the devices, I still try but not with such a high success rate.

  • Laure Walter says:

    I imagine I spend 7 hours a day at work in front of the computer, then an additional 3 hours on the laptop at home.

  • Marci says:

    I spend about 3 hours on my desktop computer then randomly all day on my ipad. Probably way to many hours!

  • Donnie S. says:

    I spend up to 12 hours a day looking at either a PC, tablet, or smartphone display. I had been reading ebooks on my phone at lunch, but I started to experience some eye strain after a few weeks. I switched back to good ol’ analog books, and that really helps to break up the screen time and give my eyes a chance to rest. I have had far fewer headaches and instances of eye strain since then. I also try to avoid looking at my phone or tablet within an hour of going to bed. I’ll be sure to talk to my eye doctor about Unity lenses at my next regular exam.

  • Sadie B. says:

    I use my computer for 5 hours a day and then watch an hour of tv. 6 Hours total a day.

  • Cynthia Dixon says:

    I have trouble falling asleep when I spend so much time on the computer, iPad & laptop! 4 to 6 hours an evening PLUS watching TV! Yikes! Is there any resolution?

  • Darice Gamache says:

    Around ten hours a day. I try and take breaks.

  • Devin Ricker says:

    Since I am a college student I spend WAY to much time staring at various screens! Probably at least 6 hrs per day on the computer… And that’s not even including screens in the car, my iPhone, or any others!

  • I use an iPad all day for work.

  • franko says:

    I spend close to 6 hours on a computer & another 3-4 on my phone, dang… More concerned about my kids though…

  • Gary Manoni says:

    Yep, I always said that the tube type television and computer monitors are better for the person…and MUCH MUCH clearer picture.

  • Robert says:

    8 to 10 hours.

  • Navid F says:

    8 hours for me 2 hours for my 2 years old kid

  • navid says:

    8 hours for me 2 hours for my 2 years old kid

  • Carolsue says:

    I probably spend 12-13 hours a day on the computer. Interesting piece of work!

  • Carl L Smith Jr says:

    I spend too much time looking at device screen, probably 6 – 8 hours a day between my computer, tablet and smartphone. If TV is included, there’s another 2 hours!

  • Jonathan Baker says:

    I probably spend around 8 hours in front of my computer at work and two hours at night watching TV. Too much, I think!

  • Christopher Skram says:

    Spend up to 8 hours a day in front of digital device.

  • Alice Skram says:

    Spend anywhere between 0-4 hours a day in front of digital device

  • Linda Kish says:

    I probably spend 12 hours a day or more on my computer. Fortunately, I have no sleep problems.

  • Andrew S. says:

    I spend almost 8 hours in front of my computer all day, then I go home and spend another 3 looking at my laptop, phone and television.

  • Evelina Artemenko says:

    I currently spend 11-12 hours per day. I spend 6-7 hours at work on a computer and the rest at home on my mobile device. I have noticed the change in my eyes. My eyes have became more dry and watery then usual and it takes a while for them to focus now! In the past year I have noticed my vision getting worse from all the time I spend on electronics. When I notice my eyes getting irritated I usually look away from any screen for about 20 seconds. I was never aware of the blue light warning. Thanks for keeping us informed!

  • Tammi Laney says:

    I spend 8 to 10 hours a day online. Very interesting article.

  • Cassie says:

    I hate to admit this but I am on my phone for work or personal business around 16 hours a day. I always sufder from headaches and dry eyes. I now wear glasses to read and have realized that it takes longer to focus on something away from me after looking at my phone for an extended period of time.

  • Charlie R says:

    I spend at least 10 hours a day in front of a computer screen for work and home. And at least 2 hours in front a tv everyday.

  • Linda says:

    Interesting!! How does this affect my usage of the Phillips goLITE Bluelight therapy? I use it for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and to wake myself up in the morning, and be able to fall asleep at night. I did notice that my eyes felt grittier during the day, and I felt like I needed to use eyedrops more often, but I couldn’t find any studies on Blue light safety when I was reasearching those lights.

  • Lena says:

    Currently 12 hours per day, but spent even more than that at times in my past when I was working full-time as an IT Systems Analyst, carrying a full-time course load for a masters degree, and managing my social life in my spare time (what spare time?)! I’m approaching my mid-40′s, have blue eyes, and had fantastic vision until my mid-30′s without eyewear of any kind. Now, my eyes take a couple of seconds to focus, much like manually adjusting the zoom on a camera lens in & out until it’s just right. My eyes feel like they’re always working! My eyes are extremely dry, and I have a recurring corneal adhesion on one eye that can act up just from rubbing my eyes. The inside of my eyelids feel like they are coated with sandpaper! I’m constantly drowning my eyes with lubricating drops, so needless to say my eye makeup doesn’t last very long, and I have to keep checking the mirror to make sure I don’t have raccoon eyes. I also have serious bouts of insomnia when I’m stressed. I see a lot of reflections & halos when I drive at night, and have a difficult time judging distance & the speed of traffic I’m trying to merge into. I had my first high-tech digital eye exam 1 month ago and learned my prescription is very weak compared to the classic low-tech eye exam, but the portion of my eye exam that measured how & how far light is absorbed into my eyes, and how it reflects once it’s inside my eyes WAS OFF THE CHARTS! I have 2 pair of HD blue light protection glasses on order right now; one specifically for computer use, the other with progressive lenses for “everywhere else” use. I CAN’T WAIT for them to hurry-up & come in!

    • Tracy T. says:

      Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story, Lena! Happy to hear you’ve got some protective eyewear coming soon. Let us know how those work out for you! -Tracy, VSP

    • Nancy says:

      thank you for sharing – I am alo experiencing ome of the symptoms…

  • Rita Corey says:

    6-8 hours a day

  • Noel West says:

    When I was young and TVs were getting popular there was a warning about watching TV too close as it could hurt your eyes and also if you watched it for a long time. Was this long ago concern related in anyway to this?

    • David C. says:

      Great question, Noel. That’s more of an old wives tale like “don’t make faces or your face will get stuck like that,” but it turns out it may have more merit than we once thought. Keep in mind, though, that technology has evolved quite a bit since then and is much more prevalent throughout the day today than it was even 10 years ago. _David, VSP

  • Bob says:

    While there’s certainly some evidence of this, the fact that this is really an ad for a particular brand of lenses tells me to look elsewhere for additional information.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Bob, that’s certainly an understandable statement. In the interest of transparency, we do make that specific product so are more likely to mention it than anything a competitor may make. However, your eye doctor would be the best person to decide what solution (if any) is best for your eyes. Our true goal with this and similar efforts is to get the conversation going between patients and their doctors, since most people are unaware of any potential risks. -David, VSP

  • Helen Teel says:

    I use a computer 8 to 12 hours a day

  • Helen Teel says:

    I work in front of a computer 8 to 12 hours a day.

  • James Manley says:

    My son who lives in Zurrich is using some type of blue light for sleeping which supposedly gets rid of stress, make you sleep better, etc, etc. He talked his Mother in getting me to buy her one. Have you’ll heard of that?

    Jim Manley

  • Terri Curtis says:

    I’m on my home computer in the evening nearly every night. I’ve definately noticed some sleep disorder. I’ve never heard of the blue light warning before. Thanks for keeping us informed.

  • Larry Adale McDonald says:

    Ok

  • Larry Adale McDonald says:

    7hrs

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