I work from home all day, everyday, staring at my giant iMac screen. I absolutely love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for the world, BUT, there are definitely some downsides to working online. And I’m not just talking about the horrible guilt I feel when my dog whines at my feet to play because he doesn’t understand that I’m technically “at work” or the fact that sometimes I accidentally go several days without even leaving my house.
If I don’t drink coffee by about 11am, I’ll start getting that good old caffeine headache. But I found myself with headaches in the middle of the day even when I was heavily caffeinated. I did figure that it had something to do with the fact that I state at a computer screen for way too long everyday, but I didn’t think there was any solution to that problem other than less screen time. And for me and my business, less screen time is not an option.
But there is another option that doesn’t involve me closing my eyes for a bit every hour or so to attempt to relieve my throbbing headache: anti-blue light glasses.
What is blue light?
Science was my least favorite subject in school so I’m going to try not to get too scientific here. Sunlight contains red, orange, yellow, green, and blue light that when combined, creates the white light that we all know and love. The different colors of light are dependent on the light ray’s energy and wavelength.
Visible blue light has the shortest wavelengths and the highest energy. Our main exposure to blue light comes from the sun, and it is important as it helps to regulate our circadian rhythm (sleep cycle). Blue light is actually the reason that the sky is blue! However, too much blue light can be very bad for your health, and unfortunately for us, computer and phone screens produce a whole lot of blue light.
Blue light can cause eyestrain which can cause blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry eyes, headaches, and neck/back pain. It can be detrimental to your productivity and ability to function properly. Blue light penetrates to the retina, the inner lining of the back of the eyeball, and too much exposure can lead to loss of vision.
Because blue light helps to regulate our sleep cycles, exposure to blue light at night makes it difficult to fall asleep. This is why it’s important not to lay in bed and scroll through Instagram before you fall asleep!
So, what can you do?
Don’t worry, you don’t need to throw your computer away or go offline. There are actually anti-blue light glasses that block the blue light from your eyes! For several months now, I have been wearing LadyBoss Glasses while I work. These glasses use Intelligent Filter Technology to protect your eyes and block blue light from penetrating your eyes.
Since I started wearing blue light glasses while I work, I don’t get nearly as many headaches (unless of course I forget my coffee), and I have a much easier time falling asleep. I’ve noticed that I’m able to focus at my computer for longer periods of time when I am wearing my blue light glasses.
Not to mention, LadyBoss Glasses are SO cute. I actually have 2 pairs of LadyBoss Glasses which is pretty nice because I tend to lose glasses around the house. I have the LADYBOSS CLASSICS in pattern and in black.
LadyBoss Glasses come in tons of other colors and styles so there’s a pair for everyone. If you’ve struggled with headaches, insomnia, or lack of focus, you need to look into anti-blue light glasses. And if you use reading glasses, there are pairs for you too! Some of the LadyBoss Glasses styles come with reader magnification options.
While there are several different brands of anti-blue light glasses out there, we love LadyBoss Glasses because they are high-quality and 100% female owned and operated - our favorite!
More Tips for Protecting Your Beautiful Eyes from Blue Light
Keep lights on in the room while you’re using screens
Looking at a screen in the dark or in low light causes additional strain on your eyes. While working on your phone or computer, make sure that you have lights on around you!
Use Night Shift on your Phone
Night Shift is a newer, built-in feature on iPhones. It adjusts the screen’s display to a yellower color to protect your eyes from too much blue light, especially at night. Turning this feature on helps to reduce blue light at night so that it does not mess with your sleep cycle if you’re using your phone before bed. I have Night Shift on from sunset to sunrise, so when the sun goes down in the evening, my phone screen shifts to a yellower light.
To turn Night Shift on:
Go to Settings
Tap Display & Brightness
Select Night Shift
Do you feel like you’re straining your eyes while you look at screens? The sooner you start protecting your eyes, the better! Shop now.