Reviewed by: Dr. Matthew Miller, OD on November 6th, 2020
When to wear blue light glasses
By now, you’ve probably heard all the hype around blue light blocking 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 blue light, 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 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 blocking glasses come in.
Since blue light is everywhere, you may have wondered if you should wear blue light blocking glasses all of the time. So, we’ve outlined some of the best and most beneficial times to wear our blue light blocking glasses. Take a peek below to see.
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When to wear blue light blocking glasses
Blue light lenses are intended to reduce your amount of blue 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 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 blocking 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 light exposure, so keep those specs on while you scroll!
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When indoors & outdoors
It’s not just our computers, smartphones, and tablets that emit blue light. Televisions and LED lightbulbs found inside homes are also sources for exposure. To minimize exposure, keep your blue light blocking glasses on while you watch T.V. — 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 a natural source for blue light, so not only can it be damaging to our skin, it can be harmful to our 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 blocking 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 digital eye strain. We offer three different blue light lens options: EBDBlue Plus, EBDBlue 360, and SightRelax — all designed to protect your eyes from extended exposure to harmful 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.