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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Effects of the Blue Light

The blue light emitted from your computer screens, smartphones, laptops and other such digital devices can cause a great deal of harm to your vision. Here are some good, bad & ugly effects of blue light.

They are like your best friends. You spend time with them almost regularly. You are in a myth! The freaking truth is they are your enemies.

Enough of suspense, Wanna know whom we are talking about?

They are your favourite digital devices whom you are hooked to all the time.

Day or night, millennials and even the Gen Z are connected with digital devices, especially smartphones. It’s good to use but bad to get addicted and it’s even ugly if you get affected by its negative health effects. When we stare at our smartphones or computer screens, the high density blue light is likely to attack the eyes.

Blue light is actually good, in fact, even the natural sunlight emits blue light but as we all know anything in excess is injurious. You obviously do not keep on staring at the sun as you stare at the digital devices and that is when blue light turns out to be really harmful for your eye health.

Blue light is quite close to ultraviolet light on the light spectrum, so it is usually believed that it is equally harmful as ultraviolet. It is not really true but due to prolonged exposure to digital screens, it turns out to be more dangerous than the UV.

The good blue light exposure from the sun

Sun is natural and the biggest source of blue light. UV is indeed harmful but the sun’s blue light during the day is really good for humans. It makes the person more active, more attentive in work and also positively affects the brain. And in fact, due to fresh, energetic and active daytime, you are assured with a good night sleep. Only thing is you need to switch off all the artificial sources of blue light before sleeping.

The bad blue light exposure from digital devices

The artificial source of blue light, digital devices are bad, bad and only bad, especially for your eyes. Your eyes are not meant to filter the light and hence it fails to protect the eyes. The artificial blue light emitted from digital devices like smartphones, laptops, computers, tablets lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. It affects the natural functioning of the brain and also causes sleep deprivation. If you have a habit of working or playing games late at night, you are kind of confusing the brain. Due to the artificial source of light, the brain assumes it’s day which eventually hampers the sleep pattern.

The ugly side of blue light

Your eyes are constantly glued to the digital screens get badly affected by the dangerous blue light. Retinal damage, Computer Vision Syndrome (digital eye strain), blurred vision are common vision problems caused due to the blue light. It also increases the chances of the age related macular degeneration which in the worst case scenario can make a person go blind.

One thing is for sure, living without digital devices is impractical, so it’s wise to go for digital eye protection options like blue light blocking glasses that will shield your eyes from the harmful light. Anti-reflective lens coating can also reduce the amount of blue light from entering your eyes and also eliminate the screen glare. You can consult your doctor what best suits your vision needs

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