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Are blue light glasses bad for your eyes?

21.03.22

It’s no secret that people are spending an alarming number of hours behind a digital device every day, 7.5 to be exact. I am sure you’re no stranger to the below routine: 

6:30 a.m. - Wake up and check your phone to see what you’ve missed while you were asleep

6:45 a.m. - Scroll through your Instagram / Facebook feed

9 a.m. - Start work and fire up your computer

12 p.m. - Take your lunch break and once again scroll through your socials

5 p.m. Head home, kick off your shoes, turn on our favourite TV show and unwind.

9 p.m. - One last scroll before bed - It can’t hurt. Right?!

If this sounds all too familiar, then it’s a good thing you landed on this article. Our dependence on our devices may have blinded us to the effects it’s having on our wellbeing.

Before investing in a pair of blue light glasses, I am sure there are many questions you want answered. After all, it is your health, so we completely understand, we’d be concerned if you didn’t! We are here to put your mind to rest and answer some of the most commonly asked questions around blue light glasses.

What is blue light?

To put it simply, blue light is a short, high-energy wavelength in the visible light spectrum. This electromagnetic spectrum is made up of wavelengths of varying lengths, seen as colours by the human eye. Every wavelength is represented by a different colour: violet, indigo, green, yellow, orange, red or blue.

Blue light is the highest frequency visible to the human eye. It is positioned at the top of the light spectrum and is very close to Ultraviolet light – well known for causing damage.

Blue light is natural and can be found everywhere. Sunlight is the main source and the way most people get exposed. The wavelength of blue light is very short, and due to its high energy, it scatters very easily when it meets air and water. This is why we can thank blue light for the colour of our sky.

Blue light naturally boosts attention, supports your memory, increases your reaction times and lifts your mood. It also helps your body create its natural circadian rhythm, and aids your natural production of melatonin – the hormone that tells your mind and body when it’s time to sleep and wake up.

Are blue light blocking glasses bad for your eyes?

Over the past few years, blue light glasses have become increasingly popular, you may have even been recommended some by your doctor or optometrist. But, there are still many people who are hesitant to invest and sceptical whether blue light will damage their eyes. The short answer is no, blue light glasses will not damage or hurt your eyes. In fact, they are built to do the opposite. The real problem is the excess blue light we receive from our screens, which has been scientifically proven to cause digital eye strain, disruption to sleep cycles, and mental fatigue. Blue light glasses shield your eyes from the harmful blue light wavelength emitted from your digital devices, such as smartphones, computers, gaming systems and televisions.

How do blue light glasses work?

Blue light glasses offer specialised lenses that filter out high energy blue light from your devices, allowing you to be more productive and avoid symptoms of digital eyestrain. There are varying degrees in which glasses filter blue light, so before investing in a pair you want to double-check what percentage is filtered out.

Baxter Blue, blue light glasses filter out nearly 80% of the high energy blue light and are also designed to reduce glare completely, resulting in better contrast, crisper visuals, and more enjoyable digital optics. As a result of this, their glasses are proven to significantly relieve digital eye strain symptoms, such as headaches and insomnia.

Can wearing blue light glasses hurt your eyes?

Baxter Blue's blue light glasses will not be doing any harm to your eyes as the majority of them are plain lenses with added blue light protection. If you’re new to the world of blue light glasses, you may be experiencing a few initial issues when wearing your glasses for the first time, particularly if you haven't worn any form of eyewear before.

A good suggestion if you are experiencing any issues is to start slowly. Wear the glasses for short periods of time and slowly build up the length of time they are worn. For the first few days try wearing the glasses for an hour at a time, with 15-minute breaks in between. Then, when you feel ready slowly increase that time over the following weeks. Although blue light glasses can be worn throughout the day, we would suggest just wearing them in front of your digital devices to start.

So, are blue light glasses good or bad? Let’s settle this debate once and for all. Blue light glasses will not harm your eyes, in fact, they can greatly enhance your digital performance as well as protect your eyes from digital eye strain. However, like all things, they are not for everyone and there may be some people who have initial pains if they aren't used to wearing glasses.

With all the hype over blue light glasses in the last few years, it can be hard to find a quality pair of blue light glasses, so make sure you do your research. If you still aren’t sure we’d recommend checking out Baxter Blue’s range of blue light glasses. Baxter Blue’s lens technology goes deeper. Unlike their competitors, their blue light filter is not a surface layer or coating. Baxter Blue glasses have a blue light pigment technology embedded right into the lens, filtering out as much as 80% of the highest energy wavelengths known to cause digital eyestrain. They also offer a premium, anti-reflective coating that eliminates 100% of glare, which provides crisper richer visuals, without any contrast. To top it all off Baxter Blue glasses also block 100% of UVA and UVB light, so your eyes are protected even without wearing shades, and the Super Hydrophobic coating on all of their lenses means minimised smudges and scratches, keeping your vision clearer for longer.

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