Reviewed by: Dr. Matthew Miller, OD on June 24th, 2022
When to wear blue light glasses
By now, you’ve probably heard all the hype around blue light filtering glasses — if not, then here’s a quick refresh:
To start, blue light is emitted all around us, every day (unlike UV light). That means we’re always having some kind of exposure to it, but close and extended exposure may cause eye damage and discomfort. Ever had tired eyes from staring at your smartphone screen for too long? That’s most likely caused by the blue-violet light emitted from your device.
With our constant connection to digital devices, it’s now more important than ever to pay attention to proper eye care — that’s where our blue light filtering glasses come in.
Since blue light is everywhere, you may have wondered if you should wear blue light filtering glasses all of the time. So, we’ve outlined some of the best and most beneficial times to wear our blue-violet light filtering glasses. Take a peek below to see.
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When to wear blue light filtering glasses
Blue light lenses are intended to filter blue-violet light exposure. So, generally speaking, the best time to wear blue light glasses would be any time you’re being exposed to blue light — more specifically, when you’re exposed to it for long hours. Think when you’re out in the sun, working on the computer, watching television, or scrolling through your smartphone.
However, blue light glasses are totally fine to wear even when you’re not looking at a screen (a rare thing, right?). The blue light coating itself won’t hurt your eyes, so feel free to leave them on all day. And as mentioned earlier, blue light is everywhere, so really they can only help you.
When using a computer
Wearing your blue light filtering glasses while on a computer is always a good idea. The average amount of time an adult spends on a computer each day is close to 4 hours, while some employees (especially while working remotely) are stuck staring at a screen for nearly eight hours or more, which may lead to eye discomfort and headaches. But don’t worry! You can minimize the effects with some stylish specs, like these!
When looking at a smartphone
A long day of work (and a lot of hours spent staring at a computer screen) are often followed by more screen time on your phone — does “one last video” before bed sound familiar? Same. Smartphones, tablets, and other handheld digital devices are also a source for blue-violet light exposure, so keep those specs on while you scroll!
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When outdoors & indoors
It’s not just the sun as the biggest source, as well as our computers, smartphones, and tablets that emit blue-violet light. Televisions and LED lightbulbs found inside homes are also sources for exposure. To minimize exposure, keep your blue light filtering glasses on while you watch TV — and if you’re unable to change your bulbs, consider keeping your blue light glasses on while the lights are on.
The same goes for when you’re outdoors. Sunlight is the biggest source of blue light, so not only can it be damaging to our skin, it can affect sight as well. However, exposure to sunlight is essential in maintaining proper well-being, as it provides the body with Vitamin D. So before heading out grab your blue light filtering specs — and don’t forget the sunscreen!
Different types of blue light lenses
Whether you wear prescription or non-prescription eyewear, blue light glasses are a great choice to minimize the effects of visual discomfort. We offer three different blue light lens options: EBDBlue Plus, EBDBlue 360, and SightRelax — all designed to protect your eyes from filtering blue-violet light.
Find out which lens is right for you, and while you’re at it why not take a look at our selection of frames… there are over 2,000 styles to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find something you love.