When I was working 50 hours a week I spent all day on a computer and by the time I got home my eyes would be so tired I didn’t even want to look at my phone. I started getting daily headaches that would trigger my migraines. I would typically go awhile without getting a migraine until I was working on a computer all day everyday.
When I went to my doctor, she pointed out that they could be triggered by blue light from continual screen use. I mean think about it, we look at our phones, tablets, computers, and TVs most of our day. All these screens give off blue light which causes eye strain.
Although Blue Light is emitted naturally from the Sun, it is harmful when you are exposed to constant artificial blue light. Blue light emitted naturally from the Sun actually can increase your mood, attention span, and make you more alert. Our eyes have been designed to handle the energy levels of the sun, however prolonged exposure to the artificial blue violet light can cause digital eye strain and increase the risk of macular degeneration – the leading cause of blindness in industrialized nations. Source: https://baxterblueglasses.com/pages/the-dark-side-of-blue-light
Eye strain symptoms isn’t just headaches and migraines, it is also: dry & itchy eyes, neck pain, loss of focus, blurry vision, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue. (Source: https://baxterblueglasses.com/pages/the-dark-side-of-blue-light)
If you suffer from any of those, it could be caused by digital eye strain. How many times have you checked your email or Instagram today? What about at night time? Do you lay in bed scrolling down your timeline until you feel tired? Or what about watching The Office before bed and then realizing you’re 3 seasons deep and it’s 4am.
That’s because artificial blue light disrupts the circadian rhythm that causes the natural release of melatonin that helps us sleep. Because the blue light tricks our brain into believing it’s still daytime, falling asleep can be more difficult and we don’t sleep as deeply. Circadian disruption can also lead to other more serious side effects, including an increase in obesity and depression.(Source: https://baxterblueglasses.com/pages/digital-eye-strain-and-its-effects)
There are ways to alleviate eye strain caused by blue light like by keeping all screens arms length away from your face (hard to do with phones though) or adopt the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes looking at a screen, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds). But the best way to avoid eye strain to eliminate blue light.
Now I’m not saying give up your job, phones, or TV. Because lets face it, screens are EVERYWHERE.
There is a much easier (and stylish) solution then going Amish: Blue Light Glasses
After being recommended Blue Light Glasses by my doctor, I got on Amazon & had a $10 pair ordered by the time I got to my car.
I wore them for two days until my headaches got 10x worse and the eye strain was unbearable.
I asked around on Instagram and had a ton of people refer me to Baxter Blue.
Baxter Blue is an Australian based company (don’t worry they ship to the US) that creates stylish AND effective blue light glasses. Baxter Blue Glasses filter out 50% of the most harmful blue violet light (400nm-440nm) while allowing the ‘good blue light’ to enter the eye. The Blue+ lenses also have a premium anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and provide better contrast when viewing your digital screens – making it even easier to binge Netflix.
Baxter Blue has so many adorable and stylish frames for men and women. I have included my top three favorites below. Make sure to also check out my Instagram @PickingDaisiesBlog to see my personal pair styled & the live unboxing.
Thanks for reading!