If you’ve ever felt like your eyes were dry and tired after a long day of staring at a computer screen – you’re not alone.
Getting glasses used to be pretty straightforward: if you couldn’t see the blackboard in school or road signs when driving (or other equally far-away things), you went to the eye doctor, took a test and then got glasses if you needed them. But now that so much of our time is spent staring at screens—whether it’s our phones or computers—we’re told we need other types of glasses to help our eyes, even if we don’t require prescription specs. So what’s the deal with computer glasses?
Greg Rogers, senior optician at Eyeworks in Decatur, GA, says he’s seen the benefits of blue light glasses among the shop’s customers. The staff asks a client how much time they spend in front of a screen daily. If it’s 6 hours or more, some sort of blue light reduction technique is recommended, whether it’s glasses or a special screen for a computer monitor.
Yes, computer glasses may help to relieve digital eye strain and they can block or filter blue light from your screen too. Wearing computer glasses and being mindful of your screen time can reduce symptoms associated with digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome.
How It Works
Bullskin lenses have a coating specially developed for people who spend a lot of time indoors and are exposed to the blue-violet and LED light of digital devices like smartphones, TVs, and tablets.
Our high quality organic CR-39 lenses block 100% of the Blue Light under 410nm and 45% of the Blue Light on the 410nm - 450nm spectrum.
Is staring at a screen for hours each day bad?
The short answer? Probably.
Doctors and researchers are largely focused on two issues that arise from our ever-growing screen time: Digital eye strain and blue light exposure.
According to the American Optometric Association, digital eye strain is "a group of eye- and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use."
Those issues range from blurry vision and dry eyes, to headaches and neck pain. By staring at screens all day, we're also exposed to blue light waves, which are said to cause a myriad of issues. There is conflicting evidence about how blue light exposure affects your eyes, but doctors and researches are in agreement that it does affect your circadian rhythm.
Why you might need computer glasses
Vision problems are unfortunately one of the hazards of too much screen time. In fact, the Vision Council found that 59 percent of adults in the U.S. reported having some kind of digital eye strain (strained, dry, or red eyes; blurred vision; headaches; back pain; neck pain; or general fatigue) as a result of using digital devices for hours at a time.
From improving your sleep to maximizing your focus, the benefits of Bullskin blue light glasses will drastically improve your quality of life.
• Reduce Eye Strain
• Improve your Sleep
• Enhance your Wellbeing
• Look Cool Wherever you Go
• And many more
Eye pain caused by Digital Eye Strain: are you suffering from it?
We all probably agree that in the last few years there’s been a significant increase in the use of digital technology: computers, phones, tablets, e-readers, TVs. From the moment we wake up to the moment we close our eyes to go to sleep: we’re wired-up and connected around the clock!
In America, 80% of people are reported to use digital devices during the hour prior to going to sleep, and close to 55% use them within the first hour of waking up. What that means is that our eyes are constantly absorbing information and light from our screens.
To be more specific: artificial blue light that can come with some side effects for our wellbeing.
Those side-effects are referred to as Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome.
Blurry Vision: This is typically felt as a lack of sharpness in our vision. If this symptom usually appears after focusing for many hours on screens, then it is most likely to be due to Digital Eye Strain. This symptom is very easily identifiable: if we find ourselves blinking more often to try to focus our vision and when we close our eyes the light of the screen still appears, it might mean that we need to take a break from our digital devices.
Dry Eyes: If our eyes feel uncomfortable, and they look red and dry, we might be suffering from dryness of the eyes. This condition usually happens when our tears don’t lubricate our eyes properly. This is usually a clear symptom of Digital Eye Strain; the reason is that we tend to blink less when we’re focusing on digital devices, which can cause irritation to our eyes.
Headaches: Whether we’re feeling a headache behind an eye, or a general type of constant headache, it may be a clear symptom of eye strain. If we start noticing that the headaches tend to come after working or spending time in front of our digital devices, then it is quite likely we are experiencing Computer Vision Syndrome.
Sore neck and shoulders: Suffering from continuous sore neck and shoulders is another typical symptom of Digital Eye Strain. Tension in the neck and shoulders is typically caused by bad posture at our workspaces, as well as a consequence of the other symptoms we’ve just explained. It’s time to free our necks and shoulders from the constant tension! And the first way to do this is to be aware of the reason!
Fatigue and pain around the eyes: It is caused by long periods of visual concentration which can cause discomfort and sore eyes. This condition can also include other symptoms such as sensitivity to light, difficulty concentrating, and itching, burning, and watery eyes.
If you have any of these symptoms, it is clear that the hours you spend in front of digital screens are affecting you by creating discomfort in your eyes.
Don’t worry, there’s an easy solution! And the best part is that you won’t have to give up technology for long periods of time and disconnect from the world. Instead you can easily protect your vision with specific glasses for these types of devices.