How to Protect the Eyes from Blue Light – 5 Tips

so exposure to blue light is becoming a
major concern to both science and medicine because there’s data that
supports that blue light can affect our sleep cycles, contributes to eye fatigue
and could even hurt the retina in the back of the eye. Well in this video I’ll share
with you five ways and how you can protect your eyes from blue light.
let’s take a look. hey everyone this is dr. Joe Allen here from doctor eye
health the channel that helps you with the eyes, vision and finding the best
vision products so if you’re new here to the channel go ahead and hit that
subscribe button down below that way you won’t miss any of my future
videos. when it comes to protecting your eyes from blue light the easiest
solution is often to pick up a pair of anti blue light glasses. now there’s many
different brands out there of course if you’re a prescription glasses wearer,
purchasing from your local optical stores often get you the best quality of
glasses including blue light filters. otherwise if you’re somebody who doesn’t
wear glasses that much or doesn’t have a prescription and just needs some type of
blue light glasses filter then a lot of times you can find a lot of cool brands
online now this one I actually got from a store called Glassy who actually has
more of a specialty in blue light protecting glasses. this is actually
called a sleep pair of glasses and you can see how dark yellow they are on my
face you know that’s gonna be a lot different from other designs like these
ones which is a little bit more clear but maybe has the kind of a purple blue
hue coming off of the lenses so that’s one of the biggest things you’ll notice
with blue light glasses is that there’s a huge wide variety of different frames
and lenses out there now the reason for the darker yellow lenses like these ones
is these ones actually block more blue light than these ones do. the blue light
filters are actually built into the lenses here and that makes them kind of
a yellow color and actually blocks more of the longer wavelengths of light that
affect our sleep cycles hence while they’re called sleep glasses. otherwise
if you’re somebody who doesn’t like the yellow kind of look here on my face then
perhaps using a pair that just has more of a clear lens and this anti reflective
coating that actually bounces the blue light off of the lenses and therefore
reduces the blue light getting into the eye however keep in mind that these sort
of clear lenses may not offer as much blue light protection as these yellow
lenses. I personally usually wear a type of clear lens most of the day
and then when I’m home at night in front of a computer screen I’m wearing more of
the dark sleeping lenses. so the second way to protect your eyes from blue light
is if you’re not a huge fan of anti blue light glasses consider switching over
and picking up some type of anti blue light screen protector from Ocushield
here now they have different screen protectors that fit all different
sizes of laptops and desktop screens but they also do make different screen
protectors for cell phones so if you’re somebody who uses an Android or an
iPhone they make screen protectors for you now
I am not sponsored by Ocushield but I have reached out to them and they were
cool enough to give us a discount code of 15% when you use eye health at
checkout. the third option is if you have something like a cell phone or digital
device that has the ability to go into a blue light mode or a night shift mode
then go ahead and turn that on that’s gonna shift the light coming off of your
digital device into more of a yellow filter that way it reduces the amount of
harsh light entering your eye particularly at night time when people
are staring at their phones right before going to bed. now I know a lot of desktop
monitors do not have this app capability so there are actually are different
software programs and one that I’ve used is called IRIS. now IRIS actually has the
ability to have a kind of a subscription service I use the pro version it
actually allows you to kind of switch between different levels of blue light
protection whether it’s something you want really faint or something that you
want more intense so you can definitely look into that if you were more of a
desktop user now the fourth way to protect your eye from blue light. is to
consider taking some type of eye vitamin now there’s a lot of data that suggests
that blue light could actually increase the metabolic stress of the back of the
eye and that could actually lead to cell death and damage. now there are real
reason by supplementation and eating a lot of healthy foods is good for the eye
is that it increases not just the amount of antioxidants inside the eye but the
it actually increases what’s called the MPOD or the macular pigment optical
density. now this product I’m holding here is the one that I actually take and
is called Eyepromise Restore and this one is specifically designed NOT for people
with macular degeneration but to increase your macular pigment optical
density to help prevent future eye diseases and damage from things like
blue light they also even have one specifically for screen protection for
people who are younger than age of eighteen there’s a lot of other benefits
in the literature about eye supplementation as well mainly in that
they increase your ability to see better in low-light situations and it improves
contrast between colors. I always say that before taking any supplementation
make sure that you talk with your doctor and read the ingredients listed on the
back to make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients also if you’d
like to see a more information about this product specifically I have
included a link in the description below. now the fifth way to reduce blue light
exposure is often the hardest and that is to reduce the amount of screen time
that you have throughout the day. I know from being at work all day or being at
school we all have basically computer screens or phones that were looking at
all day long but I think if you are certainly winding down toward the end of
the day and if you can just try to put your phone away for the last two three
hours of the day that’s at least in some way that you’re gonna reduce that blue
light exposure and at least not affect your sleep cycle. so Eye health question
the day. which of the five options mentioned here was your favorite? go
ahead and comment in the section below I’d love to know what you think. alright
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