Protect Your Eyes from the Harmful Effects Of Blue Light

1 Neha is an independent working woman based out of Bangalore. Her days are filled with a lot of hustle and bustle – the most stressful part being the to and fro from her workplace. She thanks her stars that her office is far from the brimming metro city and fortunately has a tranquil atmosphere. However, her work includes the constant viewing of a 17-inch computer display alternating only with a smaller 5-inch screen of her Smartphone. Interestingly, she wears an anti-glare, UV protected spectacles. She thinks her eyes are safe as it blocks the harmful UV light rays. But are her eyes really safe? Let’s find out… When we think about protecting our eyes from the harmful rays of the sun, we only consider the UV rays. But do you know that the UV rays are not the only rays that are harmful to our eyes? Blue light, which is a part of the visible light spectrum, has also been found to be harmful to our eyes. In order to eliminate the harmful effects of these blue light rays, we need to take certain measures to protect our eyes. Before we dive into the issue, let's take a look at Rohit’s story. 2(1) Rohit is one of the youngest employees to have climbed so far up the corporate ladder. Within just a couple of years, he has been assigned to lead his own team and has successfully completed several projects. Regular presentations, client briefings, and analytics are just a few of the roles that he still likes to be involved in. That requires him to sit in front of a laptop both in office and even at home. In fact, whenever he is not on the laptop, he has to stay connected through his smartphone. By the end of the day, his eyes start burning, even though he barely steps out into the sun. Sometimes he even experiences throbbing pain in his temples. What is the reason? We need to protect our skin and our eyes from the UV rays when we step outside under the sun during the day. However, unlike UV rays, Blue light can reach you under your roof as well. It is a part of the visible light spectrum and is particularly strong in the light emanated from most digital devices. Let’s find out why blue light is harmful to your eyes. 2 On the spectrum of visible light (VIBGYOR), blue light rays have the shortest wavelength but the maximum energy. We are all exposed to blue light from the sun rays, CFLs and LEDs, along with digital devices like flat screen LED TVs and computer monitors, smartphones, and tablet screens. Even though the percentage of blue light present in these devices are much lower compared to sunlight, the close proximity of our eyes to these screens and the cumulative effect of continuously staring at them for long periods poses a major threat to the health of our eyes. Because of their shorter wavelength, blue light rays can pass through the cornea and reach further back into the eye, till the retina. When concentrated blue light rays hit the retina for long periods, it can damage the retinal cells and accelerate the development of age-related macular degeneration. 3 Most of us spend long hours in fronts of digital devices like computers, laptops, and smartphones while working. This makes our eyes are more susceptible to eye strain or fatigue because of the constant exposure to blue light. With the help of the Vision Express Blue Shield Spectacle Lenses, thus blue light is blocked from our eyes, keeping them safe. The Vision Express Blue Shield spectacle lenses come with a special coating which prevents the passage of blue light rays with shorter wavelength and ensure that our eyes receive only the non-harmful rays of the visible light spectrum. Getting our spectacles fitted with the Blue Shield Lenses will enable us to work comfortably for longer hours, without any fatigue or damage to our eyes. To find out more about the benefits of the Vision Express Blue Shield Spectacle Lenses, book an eye test at your nearest Vision Express store today!

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