Protecting Your Vision from Blue Light Exposure From Your South Tulsa and Okmulgee Optometrist
How much time do you think you spend outdoors during the day, exposed to blue light coming from the sun? Then, consider how many hours you spend staring at the screens of your smartphone, tablet computer, laptop or desktop. If you’re like many people, you find yourself using screens for work, entertainment and keeping in touch with friends and family for a good portion of every day. Unfortunately, blue light exposure can damage your vision, which means you need to take steps to protect your eyesight when using these devices.
Blue Light Basics from Your Eye Doctor
Patients from Bixby, Okmulgee and the greater South Tulsa area and beyond come to the Eye Center for optometry services because of the excellent standard of care that we apply to every individual we treat.
This includes helping patients understand blue light and how it can damage their vision.
Light from the sun appears to be white, but it actually contains colors from across the spectrum of red, orange, yellow, blue and green rays. The rays in the red end of the spectrum are of a longer frequency and rays on the blue end are shorter, holding more electromagnetic energy. For this reason, people wear sunglasses to block ultraviolet light.
We do need some amount of exposure to UV light each day so your body can generate its own vitamin D, but excessive periods out in the sun unprotected can cause avoidable damage.
But people often do not realize that blue light also comes from the screens of computers and portable devices. If your eyes are exposed to this blue light for too long, you can wind up with eye damage, including digital eyestrain, which leads to headaches. Blue light also damages your retina (at the back of the eye), and left unprotected, this can lead to permanent vision loss that is like the damage from macular degeneration.
How Your Preferred Optometrist Can Help You Avoid Damage from Blue Light Sources
Our eye doctor will begin by consulting with you about your lifestyle and how much time you spend out in the sun as well as how many hours you typically look at the screens of your various electronic devices. You will undergo a comprehensive examination in our optometry facility to check on the state of your eyes.
Then, the optometrist may prescribe blue light filters to use these screens. Computer glasses can also help keep blue light from damaging your eyes.
Make an Appointment for Help Avoiding Blue Light with Your Optometrist Today
For more information about blue light or to make an appointment with your preferred optometrist treating patients in Bixby, Okmulgee and the greater South Tulsa area and beyond, please connect with The Eye Center today. If this is going to be your first visit to our facility, remember to inquire about our new client special.
How many hours do you estimate that you spend looking at a screen and taking in blue light? Please let us know in the comments section below.