There has been a lot of information about blue light out there, but visible light overall is much more complex than you might ever imagine.
Visible light as rays as well as invisible light rays are all around us whether it is coming from the sun, from your computer, or any other sources of light, your eyes being exposed to this type of light will have a wide range of different effects on your eyes, Even though we are just scratch the surface when it comes to understanding how blue light affects our eyes it doesn’t mean that we can’t be proactive and protect our eyes from blue light.
Best Blue-Light Computer Screen Filters
If you are someone who doesn’t need to wear glasses or doesn’t want to have to wear non-prescription glasses to protect your eyes from blue light here are some blue light computer screen filters you can use an alternative to blue light blocking glasses.
EYES PC Blue Light Blocking Screen Protector
This blue light blocking screen protector utilizes multiple different layers to provide you with a screen protector that reduces HEV blue-light, resistant to scratches, and a flicker and distortion-free viewing experience. It is designed to be easily installed and removed and is available in a variety of sizes ranging from 11″ laptop size all the way up to a 43″ TV monitor size.
Most people that have tried this screen protector found it to provide them with relief from looking at their computer screens all day and found their eyes to be less fatigued. One problem that many users mention is that it does cause glare on your screen so if you work where there is a lot of windows or light it can be a problem.
EZ-Pro Screen Protector
This is currently one of the best rated and easily one another of my favorite blue light filters available out there. This screen protector can be easily installed by setting it over your monitor and easily removed whenever you do not need it, velcro can be used if you want your screen protector more secured on your monitor. You can find it available in 8 different sizes ranging from 19 inches all the way up to 32 inches (diagonally measured)
Most people that used the EZ-Pro screen protector found them to be quite helpful. One person that is particularly sensitive to blue-light found it helped them get his sleeping pattern fixed in three days. Other people found that some of the sizes aren’t quite as displayed and the screen protector did cause glare but if you make sure there isn’t any light behind where you are sitting you should be fine,
VizoBlueX Anti-Blue Light Filter
The VizoBlueX is another great option if you are looking for a blue light computer screen filter. This is perfect for anyone who spends extended periods of time in front of a computer screen. Installing this filter is a breeze, the bluer light filter can be easily installed by hanging the protector over your computer monitor, if you want it to be a bit more secure you can attach it to your monitor using the included velcro pads. You can get this blue light filter in different sizes ranging from 19 inches to 28 inches (diagonally measured). They also have one that is designed for TVs which range from 32 inches all the way up to 65 inches.
Most people that used the VizoBlueX Anti-Blue Light filter found it to meet their expectations and it was easy to use. The fact that they make larger screen protectors for your TVs is a plus, one user found it the 55″ one worked great to help him manage his sleep patterns when watching TV before bed.
What is Digital Eye Strain?
Digital Eye Strain, also commonly referred to as Computer Vision Syndrome is what you would typically refer to a set of problems that generally result from extended use of digital devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones.
There are some people that are affected by digital eye strain more than others but according to the American Optometric Association, the average American worker spends seven hours a day on digital devices whether it is because they need it for work or just for recreation.
One of the most common ways to help combat digital eye strain is to follow the 20-20-20 rule. With this rule, you would take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes, and look at something that is 20 feet away. This rule allows your eyes to reset every now and Here are some symptoms you may help relieve.
- Eye Strain
- Blurred Vision
- Dry Eyes
- Fatigued Eyes
- Light Sensitivity
- Watery Eyes
- Shoulder, Neck, or Back Pain
One of the reasons why this occurs is due to your eyes having trouble focusing because the short wavelength and high energy blue light tends to scatter easier compared to other visible light. Therefore when you are focused on your digital devices that are emitting blue light, this added visual “noise” could have an impact and contribute to digital eye strain.
Blue Light and Circadian Rhythm
Your body has a natural and internal process called the Circadian Rhythm that helps regulate your body’s sleep/wake cycle and is repeated roughly every 24 hours. This process helps your body cycle between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals throughout this 24 hour time period.
The sun is the largest producer of blue light and it is this blue light during the day that helps you stay alert while improving your overall mood.
Blue light that is coming from your digital devices may disrupt your internal clock, especially if you are being exposed to it during the evening. There was a study that showed improvements in both sleep quality and overall mood when you use blue light blocking glasses for 3 hours before bedtime.
Even though researchers are not even close to completing their research on how blue light could affect us long term it doesn’t mean that we can’t keep our eyes protected to just be sure. After all, until they figure out how to successfully transplant an eye these are the only two we’ve got and it is too early to fully understand what these digital devices will do to our eyes in the long term.
If you find yourself having trouble sleeping or feel fatigued from spending a lot of time on the computer give these blue light blocking screen protectors a try if you don’t want to wear any glasses. If you currently wear prescription glasses and did not have lenses with blue light filtering there are blue light blocking clip-ons that you can use on top of your prescription glasses.
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