Avoid the blues when using your device at night


With phone and tablet use on the rise we should be asking ourselves “What is all this close-range viewing doing to our eyes?" We are here to let you know the research is not good.

Studies are showing that the effects of the blue light, of which we are exposed to mostly through sunlight but also through the light in our devices, reaches deeper into the eye than UV light and causes some of the following nasty effects 1:

  • Excessive damage to the retina and can lead to the development of AMD (age-related macular degeneration).
  • Digital eye strain; symptoms include blurry vision; trouble focusing on one thing; red, tired eyes; dry eyes; and headaches
  • Damages connective fibers of the skin when in close range
  • Disruption should circadian rhythms

The solution is RIDICULOUSLY easy and can be done right now. Let’s start first with your computer. Did you know that there is a display setting that allows you to use a blue light filter?

For Windows 10 users:

For Mac users:

Switch your phone’s Blue Light Filter on or switch your phone to Night Mode. Most Play and App stores will have useful Apps that will allow you to customize your display settings, right up to choosing the exact time frame you want the blue light filter to be on and off.

iPhone and iPad users can use the built-in blue light filter setting, Night Shift 2, but older models can utilize Eye Care Browser which can be found in the App Store.

Some of the top Android 3 apps include:

  • Twilight
  • Midnight
  • Night Screen
  • Dimly
  • My Eyes Protection

We know that it’s impossible to stay away from our computers, phones, and tablets after the sun sets, so, let’s give our eyes a break and make the change today.

References

1) https://www.livescience.com/53874-blue-light-sleep.html

2) https://www.howtogeek.com/246582/how-to-enable-night-shift-on-your-iphone-for-easy-nighttime-reading/

3) https://www.guidingtech.com/60491/best-android-night-filters/


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