How to avoid the harmful health effects of blue light

Artificial sources of blue light are detrimental to your health. What’s worse is that, according to a study conducted by researchers from Oregon State University, you don’t have to look at blue light for it to negatively influence your health. Having a source of artificial blue light in the vicinity can still affect you.

Furthermore, it’s estimated that the average person spends 49 and a half days out of the year on his smartphone. This isn’t even counting the hours spent staring at computer screens at work or on other digital devices. Overexposure to artificial blue light can harm your eyes and disrupt your circadian rhythm.

It’s difficult to avoid artificial blue light in this modern age, but there are things that you can do to prevent it from causing you a lot of grief.

See the 11 ways you can limit your exposure to harmful artificial blue light(infographic included).

There are also certain kinds of glasses that can minimize or outright eliminate the amount of blue light that enters your eyes. These blue light blocking glasses are especially useful if you can’t avoid looking at digital screens. However, make sure you only purchase blue light blocking glasses from vendors that you trust. Many vendors in the market sell blue light glasses without providing the transmittance spectrum of the glasses they are selling. Moreover, make sure the blue light blocking glasses you buy can truly block “blue light” within the wavelength range of 400-480, the range in which over 88 percent of the risk of photo-oxidative damage occurs.

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