Blue Light Blocking Lenses From Your Conway Optometrist
Sunlight contains every color of the rainbow, including blue– but not every frequency of visible light is equally good for your eyes. In addition to the dangers posed by non-visible wavelengths such as UV energy, the blue part of the visible spectrum can contribute to eye strain, including the common occupational hazard known as computer vision syndrome. Blue light may even make you more vulnerable to macular degeneration. Our Conway optometrist at Vaught Eye Associates, Dr. James Vaught, offers important protection in the form of blue light blocking lenses.
Your Conway Optometrist Discusses Blue Light
When we talk about blue light, we are specifically referring to a section of the visible spectrum known as high-energy visible (HEV) light. This frequency band includes all wavelengths from 380 nanometers to 500 nanometers. Blue light is not automatically bad; in fact, the body requires a certain amount of blue light exposure to trigger melatonin production and prevent issues such as insomnia or seasonal depression. But too much blue light can trouble your eyes in various ways, especially as you get older. The aging eye loses a certain amount of the melanin pigment that protects it against harmful rays — especially HEV light, which can accelerate the development of macular degeneration.
Blue light also causes eye strain. This is more of a problem than ever in today’s era of constant computer and mobile device usage. The LED screens and monitors on these devices emit small but steady amounts of blue light, and hours of exposure to it each day can cause a problem known as computer vision syndrome. If you’re a “power user” and you regularly suffer from eye strain, headaches, blurred vision and other symptoms, you may already have first-hand experience with computer vision syndrome.
Protection & Relief for Computer Vision Syndrome With Your Conway Optometrist
It isn’t realistic to avoid all source of blue light, including the sun itself — but blue light blocking lenses can offer the next-best solution. Our Conway optometrist provides a variety of options for filtering out the most dangerous part of the HEV spectrum. If you wear eyeglasses, you can order a pair that include built-in blue light blocking lenses and anti-glare lens coatings. These blue light blocking lenses may be completely clear, or if you like you can add a tint to provide even more comfort and glare protection. If you have 20/20 vision or already have your vision corrected with contacts, we can create a pair of “plano” eyeglasses which contain blue light blocking lenses with no corrective prescription. Our eye doctor can even point you toward fit-overs, clip-ons and sunglasses that block blue light.
Contact Your Conway Optometrist Today about Blue Light Blocking Lenses!
Don’t let eyestrain give you the blues. Call our eye doctor today to learn more about Vaught Eye Associates’ blue light blocking options so you can order the appropriate solution for your needs!