Screens have become an integral part of how we work and learn. It seems nearly impossible to truly limit screen time when work and school are constantly dragging us back to the screen. There are ways, however, to protect your eyes from the stressful blue light that is emitted from most devices. At Shermin Lahijani OD, Hollywood Optometrist, we would like to help our patients maintain their eye health for years to come.
What Is Blue Light?
Blue light is a certain frequency of light waves that are emitted from most computer screens and phone screens. Although there is no scientific evidence that says blue light damages the eyes, this type of light does put a certain amount of stress and strain on the eyes. Over time, this can cause computer vision syndrome. You will need to visit an optometrist in Westlake or the surrounding areas for evaluation if you spend a great deal of time looking at screens.
What Are The Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer vision syndrome usually manifests as eye strain, headaches, and achy eyes. Some people also experience dry or watery eyes after being on the screen for a long time. Our optometrists in Echo Park will evaluate you for computer vision syndrome to determine if blue light blockers would be helpful.
Protecting Your Eyes
The best way to protect your eyes is to make an appointment with one of our optometrists in Rampart to discuss your screen use and to receive an annual eye exam. You can discuss your concerns and any symptoms you may be having with our eye doctor.
At home, you can protect your eyes by setting your screens to night mode. This will produce a different type of light. Many people set their screens to night mode before bedtime so that the blue light does not interfere with their sleep patterns, but there is no reason not to use this setting all of the time to reduce the stress on your eyes.
What Are Blue Light Blockers?
Blue light blockers are specially designed eyeglasses that block out stressful blue light. These types of glasses are recommended for people who work on screens a lot during the day. You can get a prescription for blue light blockers by visiting our optometrists in Silver Lake or MacArthur Park. Transition glasses can also be made with blue light filtering.
Contact Our Optometrists for Blue Light Blockers
If you would like to learn more about our eye care services, contact Shermin Lahijani OD, Hollywood Optometrist. Call our team today at (323) 667-2102 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.