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Why You Need Blue Light Blocking Glasses


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Are you just like me? Glued to your screens while conquering the world, one click at a time? I bet you find yourself going from one screen to the next. Computer, tablet, TV, phone, repeat.


I feel ya...I'm the same! But, between entrepreneurship badassery, social media scrolling sprees, and Netflix marathons, have you ever stopped to think about how your eyes are faring?


It's time we gave these peepers a bit of love!


Now, don't roll your eyes just yet! I'm not going to be a screen-time Scrooge. We live in a digital era, and I'm as much a part of it as you are. But I have a secret weapon, my favorite daytime accessory that's as glam as it is practical - drum roll, please... Blue light-blocking glasses! That's right, my friends. Looking good while working hard just got real. Most of us have heard of them, but do you know how important they are?


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WHAT ARE BLUE LIGHT-BLOCKING GLASSES?

If you don't know exactly what they are, let me quickly review what BLB glasses are.


Blue light blocking glasses look just like any other pair of glasses. The difference is they are specially designed to filter out the high-energy blue light emitted by digital screens and artificial lights.


While blue light is not entirely harmful and is, in fact, present in daylight (so no avoiding it), prolonged exposure to excessive amounts can potentially lead to some health concerns.


HOW DO I FIND HIGH QUALITY, LOW PRICE?

I've been wearing blue light-blocking glasses for almost ten years and have gone through my fair share of glasses. I'll say this: you do NOT need to spend an arm and a leg on BLB glasses. I'll share more about my absolute favorite brand, Blenders, below, which are also budget-friendly,


I love Blenders because they have something for everyone - sunglasses, prescription glasses, and blue light glasses! Not to mention, I love the vibe.


Blenders Eyewear is a San Diego-based company known for its distinctively fresh and vibrant eyewear with that Cali touch. They don't discriminate either; they cater to a worldwide audience who love their unique style, performance, and affordability blend.


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I asked Blenders if I could partner with them to give you a promo, & I got you one! If you want 10% off, you can follow link below!



If you're not into blue light-blocking glasses, that's okay! Blenders has some amazing sunglasses you can choose from, too!!


I pack both sunglasses and BLB every time I go on vacation. Usually, that's too Disney World, and they always hold up nicely! They get thrown in my carry-on, go on rides with me, get shoved in the stroller, you name it, and somehow they are still standing at the end of every trip.


My husband is a cyclist and wears his Blenders for when he rides. So there are options for leisure and sport, and the brand is durable and lasts!


If you're not sold on Blenders yet, here are some reasons why people might want to consider using blue light-blocking glasses:


Reducing Digital Eye Strain

If I don't wear my blue light-blocking glasses while on my computer, I feel like my eyes run a marathon all day. With many of us spending several hours a day looking at screens – whether for work, studying, or leisure – it's no surprise that our eyes can start feeling the strain, right!?


When we stare at a screen, our eyes must work harder to focus and process the visual information. This is especially true for high-resolution screens that display a lot of detail and text. We also tend to blink less often when engrossed in what we're doing, leading to dry, irritated eyes.


One of the most common symptoms of digital eye strain is headaches. It's believed that the strain on the eye muscles to focus on digital screens and the consequential constant readjustment, combined with the glare and blue light from screens, contribute to these headaches.


Aside from headaches, symptoms of digital eye strain can also include:

  • Blurred or double vision

  • Dry, red, or irritated eyes

  • Difficulty focusing

  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain

  • Increased sensitivity to light


Using blue light glasses can help as they are designed to filter out the high-energy blue light emitted by screens, which can help to reduce glare, increase contrast, and minimize the strain on your eyes.


Remember, while blue light glasses can help alleviate some symptoms, they're just one piece of the puzzle. Make sure to take regular breaks from screens (try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds), and ensure your workspace is ergonomically set up (you can read more about my favorite ergonomics chair and cushion here). A balanced approach can help keep our eyes healthy in the digital age!


Improving Sleep Quality

Get this! Blue light can interfere with the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. That's why sleeping with your TV on is a big no-no. I'll explain more about the TV in just a second.


Let's get into the science of it. Blue light, emitted by screens and other artificial light sources, plays a significant role in regulating our circadian rhythms, which are the natural, internal processes that dictate our sleep-wake cycle. During the day, natural blue light from the sun helps to keep us alert and awake. However, it's 2023, so our lifestyles often involve prolonged exposure to artificial blue light well into the evening. A lot of times, right until we fall asleep.


This is where the problem starts. Blue light exposure in the evening can trick our brains into thinking it's still daytime, inhibiting the production of melatonin - the hormone responsible for helping us feel sleepy. This disruption can make it harder for us to fall asleep. It can throw off our natural sleep cycles, leading to poor sleep quality and leaving us feeling groggy or tired the next day. It's the equivalent of a mini, self-induced jetlag we create daily!



By wearing blue light-blocking glasses in the hours leading up to bedtime, you can help filter out some of the blue light your eyes are taking in. This can help your body maintain its natural melatonin production and keep your circadian rhythm in check, allowing you to fall asleep easier.


Potential Long-Term Eye Health

Although more research is needed, some studies suggest that prolonged exposure to blue light might contribute to retinal damage and increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Wearing blue light-blocking glasses may mitigate these risks, but this is not definitively proven.



Comfort

For many people, using these glasses makes looking at screens more comfortable, especially in low-light conditions.



So, it's time we look after our precious eyes, and what better way than with a chic pair of blue light glasses? Whether you're a coder, a writer, an online shopper, or a professional binge-watcher, don't let the blue light cramp your style. Let's give our eyes the royal treatment they deserve – because we're worth it!









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