Blue Light Blues

I first found out about blue light when I was researching possible reasons for insomnia. When I read that the light from my phone could be disrupting my sleep cycle, I had a big “aha” moment. Harmful Blue Light can also cause fatigue and eyestrain, so it’s important to know what it is and how to protect yourself.

First, what exactly is it? Where does it come from? There are two types of blue light. The blue-turquoise range on the light spectrum can positively affect your well-being, including helping your body know when to go to sleep and when to wake up. The sun actually emits blue light, which is why the sky has its color! Pretty amazing, but not all blue light is so wonderful. Most people do not realize that the sun is the largest source of Harmful Blue Light, emitting 100-500 times the intensity of electronic devices and screens.

That said, we’re also continuously exposed to harmful blue light from our screens, LED displays, and digital devices. We fully recognize we’re probably not cutting down on screen time usage anytime soon. I mean, what else are we going to do when our babies fall asleep in our arms? Gotta check Instagram! Or waiting in line, or for a Dr. apt, or for our kids to fall asleep? I feel like this stage of my life has a lot of waiting around that’s made better because of screens! But catching up on some YouTube videos shouldn’t make my eyes hurt, or keep me awake till all hours of the night. What do we do now that we know we are being exposed to it on the daily? If you want to protect yourself and your eyes, it’s really not that hard — especially if you already wear glasses. I’ve seen a lot of research about the affect harmful blue light can have on us, I also worry about our kids, who are growing up exposed to this beginning at a young age. I worry they might be even more sensitive to the impact of harmful blue light, no wonder it’s so hard to get them to go to sleep at night!

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Transitions Lenses, because one of their most appealing features is that they filter Harmful Blue Light from artificial sources such as digital devices and LED lights. Outdoors, they not only reduce exposure to the sun’s harsh glare and UV rays like a normal pair of sunglasses, but they also help protect you from Harmful Blue Light.  If you need to check those emails before bed, or add something into the calendar, you can rest easy knowing your eyes are protected. Sleep is a precious commodity these days, and I want to do everything in my power to take care of myself and my vision so I can be a great mom, wife, friend, etc.

If you can relate, or have been experiencing other symptoms (hello, digital eye strain!) you think are linked to overexposure to Harmful Blue Light, head over to your optometrist and ask them for Transitions lenses. They have different adaptive lenses to meet your lifestyle needs, and they come in a variety of colors. Read more about them here. You can put the lenses in pretty much any eyeglasses frames, which is great so you don’t have to sacrifice your style to protect your eyes.

Thank you to Transitions for sponsoring this post. If you’d like more information, check out their website here.

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