I was going to get a pair of blue light glasses with these special lenses to protect my eyes. Working in front of the computer all day, I get eye fatigue and dry eyeballs. At night, I stare at my iPhone and iPad, which makes me worry about the blue light even more.
But, according to actual doctors like S. Garg, MD listed among "The Best Ophthalmologists" in the US, the blue light glasses don't work. They don't relieve eye fatigue, and there is no evidence or studies that show that blue light from screens causes retinal damage, macular degeneration, or cancer.
The amount of blue light we get from our screens is incredibly low. We get 30 times more blue light by just being outside, according to John O'Hagan, who leads the Laser and Optical Radiation Dosimetry Group at Public Health England.
In the hidden camera investigation by CBC (Canadian Public Broadcast service), they've found many of the optical chain stores are making misleading claims to sell these lenses. After this investigation, many of the chains vowed to update their marketing materials and retrain their sales staff.
What helps eye fatigue from staring at the screen is the tried and true 20-20-20 rule recommended by ophthalmologists. Every 20 minutes, take a 20 seconds break and look 20 feet away.
To keep our eyes healthy, according to doctors, we should eat a proper diet that includes broccoli, spinach, kale three servings a week. That works!
Do you have blue light glasses, or have you tried them? I'd love to hear from you..