Over the last several years, as a hand held devices like cell phones, iPads, and tablets, have become more popular, some people are experiencing symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and even insomnia. Recent studies have suggested that the blue light emitted by these types of devices is the source of these problems. Several people contact us with questions regarding the symptoms they are experiencing while using these devices. The spectrum of light that is of concern in the near part of the UV-A band called, Near UV-A. It has been known for some time that UV light, both UV-A and UV-B, can be harmful to the eyes. Recently, studies have shown that Near UV-A could also be harmful. Make a search on the following site, if you’re searching for additional information concerning what is blue light.
People using these devices have reported symptoms like loss of focus, headaches and insomnia. Loss of focus and headaches could be the result of not having proper corrective reading or computer reading glasses and /or focusing intensely for long periods of time at a near point and losing accommodation. Symptoms like dizziness or insomnia are not typical however and point to another cause or causes, thus the studies. It appears that people experience more of these symptoms at night, and in the dark, without using external light sources. There are many and they are not just handhelds devices such as iPads, tablets, cell phones, computer monitors, certain fluorescent lights and more. Prescription glasses or reading glasses with blue-blocking lenses. These lenses have a special type of tint with a yellow or yellow-amber colour and UV A and B filters. While good quality sunglasses should block UV you wouldn’t want to wear them while reading at night.
There are several types of no-power glasses that are designed to filter out blue light, Near UV-A, UV-A and UV-B, like the iVisionwear and the Gamers Edge. These are the same as Monitor Glasses but are made with reading lenses or bifocal reading lenses with a special tint, like Mojo BluBlock. The magnification you choose depends on how far away you read your chosen device. If you read at about 12 to 14 inches, then your full reading power is what you would want. If you read at about arm’s length, then half of that power would be what you would select. The best way to determine your reading power is to get an eye exam, but there are simple reading tests that you can take online, that if performed carefully, can provide good results. Move your gaze away from close objects every 5 minutes or so, to something far away.
Don’t read a light-emitting device in total darkness. Make sure there is a light source behind you and in front of you, like a bedside table lamp and another lamp or light in the same room. Many flat-screen televisions have backfield lights. Use them. Use Monitor Glasses or Monitor Reading Glasses, that has a blue-blocking tint. Get a regular eye exam and relate any problems you may be experiencing to your eye care professional. Narrow-band blue-light treatment of seasonal affective disorder in adults and the influence of additional nonseasonal symptoms. If you have experienced similar symptoms from added exposure to blue light devices we most likely have a product to help protect you from the symptoms.