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Block the Blue Light

The truth is, blue light isn’t all bad. It shouldn’t be blocked at all times. It can help memory, boost alertness, and elevate your mood! Still, the eye cannot take blue light all day long and it can easily contribute to eye strain especially when it is coming from computer screens and tablets and cellphones.

These days, we’re working, learning, and relaxing in front of screens emitting blue light all throughout the day—and night. Even your average indoor lightbulb can give off blue light.

You’re probably wondering. Okay, but what is blue light anyway?

Blue light is the highest energy visible light on the UV spectrum, and before the advent of technology, the sun was our only significant source of blue light. Problems arise, however, with the amount of blue light to which we are exposing our brains and bodies, potentially causing undue stress to our eyes and even making it hard to sleep at night.

There are a few ways to avoid this strain. First, let us introduce you to one of the best options on the list: blue light blocking lenses.

What are blue light blocking lenses?

Good question. Glasses equipped with lenses with blue light protection are a simple solution to combat the symptoms caused by increased screen time. The technology in these lenses has a subtle tint that softens harsh blue light rays as they pass through, reducing the amount of blue light to which the wearer’s eyes are exposed. They aren’t heavy or thick and can be made without a prescription attached to them. They can be made to fit adults, teens and children and are safe for all to wear. All blue light blocking glasses aren’t made the same. They can be made to block a certain percentage of blue light. How much you decide to block, well, that is up to you. Give our practice a call and we will gladly talk you through your options!

What else can I do to block blue light?

While you won’t be able to block it without the correct lens as your shield, you can still manage it.

When working at a computer, for example, you’re often looking up and down, from screen to paper, and your eyes are moving around and refocusing time after time. This is where the 20-20-20 rule can come into play. For every 20 minutes you’re in front of a screen, turn your head and look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Just, give your eyes a break.

Another option: simply lower the brightness. The display settings for your screen on your phone or computer allow you to adjust the amount of light seeping from the screen. If your screen looks like a light source, lower the brightness. If your screen looks dull and a bit too dark, it’s okay and probably for the best to brighten it up. A dull screen can also strain your eyes.

Bottom line, protect your eyes the best way you can and remember that we are here to help! Looking to get a pair of blue light protection glasses that fit your lifestyle and your budget? Here at Infinity Eye Care, we can customize any style of frame and lens prescription with blue light-blocking technology.

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The changing of the seasons and the holidays bring fun times and activities into our lives, but also mark the beginning of a health concern: Flu season.

Flu season starts in the late Fall and runs through early Spring in some cases, so you want to be armed against this epidemic by doing several things to ensure your health stays at its optimal level. HAND WASHING is a primary deterrent against the flu. Taking vitamin supplements and getting extra rest during the holiday season also helps. Preventative maintenance also includes a preventative flu shot. Many employers and health care clinics offer them at no or little charge. For children especially, they even have a flu mist, so that the needle can be avoided.

Some simple things you can do in your house to prevent flu from spreading is use a bleach water mixture and spray countertops, doorknob handles, light switches, phones, and steering wheels of your car.

Influenza A is the most typical culprit in our fight to stay healthy, so when the outbreak in your area occurs, be ready. If you are in a career that requires close contact with people, a mask and sometimes rubber gloves can help protect you. If you, yourself, are feeling “under the weather” with fever, lethargy, chills, sore throat, or the like be sure and STAY HOME. You should get plenty of rest and stay home from work or school to insure you don’t pass the bug onto others.

There is a type of flu that affects the eyes called adenovirus. It can give you symptoms such as redness, watery, irritated eyes and blurred vision. Be sure and keep your immune system up with plenty of fluids, rest, vitamins, and exercise as well as eating healthy foods during the winter months to avoid, the flu, “achoo“, so you can take care of YOU!

 

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