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If your eyes have ever felt strained and tired after staring at a computer screen all day, welcome to the club. Chances are you’ve been in front of your desktop too long and could be taking in too much blue light.
But since getting rid of our screens is not an option in this digital age, people have been turning to blue light glasses as a way to help prevent some of the effects that blue light may cause.
In general, blue light is not a bad thing. It can actually help with alertness and boost your mood. However, the problem arises when there’s too much of it.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, too much blue light exposure at night can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm, thus making it harder to sleep. This is especially true if you’re constantly looking at your phone at night.
“Blue light from electronics trick the brain into thinking that it’s still daytime, so melatonin production is inhibited. This can lead to difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep,” Relief Jones, III, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist and medical director told Insider. Moreover, Harvard researchers found blue light suppressed melatonin for “about twice as long” as green light exposure.
While there has been some discussion about blue light contributing to eye strain, it’s not necessarily the real culprit according to the AAO. Instead, eyestrain is caused by “how much we use our digital devices.” Therefore, the AAO recommends reducing the time you spend looking at your electronics.
Nonetheless, there have been claims that blue light glasses may help ease eye strain. Additionally, some studies suggest that they could help improve sleep quality.
Ahead, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best-selling and top-rated blue light glasses on Amazon for you to check out.
Shop: Sojos Retro Round Blue Light Blocking Glasses, $19.99
Shop: Anrri Blue Light Blocking Lightweight Glasses, $25.95
Shop: Tijn Blue Light Vintage Blocking Glasses, $16.99 (Orig. $19.99)
Shop: Exerscribe Blue Blocking Glasses, $10
Shop: Feiyold Retro Round Blue Light Blocking Glasses, $22.98 (Orig. $29.98)
Shop: Livho Blue Light Blocking Glasses, $19.98
Shop: Livho Blue Light Blocking Glasses, Anti Glare, $19.98
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