The amount of research into the negative effects of high energy visible light (HEV) and blue light on our eyes has significantly increased in recent months. While vision experts agree that the sun emits blue light just like every electronic device with a screen, there is still much debate as to whether or not exposure from any specific source can be blamed more than others for causing digital eye strain. Stuff.co.nz recently asked the question, “Are screens ruining our eyes?” In their article, it’s reported that the number of hours most humans spend in front of an electronic device averages between 7.4 to 9 hours a day. And every single device is a source of artificial blue light. Even more concerning, according to Stuff, is the average number of adults who experience computer vision syndrome: 63%!
While medical experts continue to investigate HEV, blue light, and digital eye strain and their connection to macular degeneration, it’s important to remember the basics. Your eyes are a muscle and extremely intricate in design. Whether you’re working with heavy equipment, swimming, going for a hike, or on your computer pouring over your taxes, you need to keep those eyes protected. Knowing that blue light emitted by any source will affect your circadian rhythm and can be damaging to your retina, there’s never been a more important time than now to protect your eyes.