Are all blue blocker sunglasses the same?
Is staring at a screen all day bad?
Our glowing screens of death that we use for hours a day x 365 days in a year are causing digital eye strain and blue light exposure. Fact. These are the two areas that doctors and researchers are directing their attention. The American Optometric Association calls it “Computer Vision Syndrome.” Ever feel blurry vision, dry eyes, headache or neck pain after a day full of Zoom meetings or an all-nighter trying to beat the latest version of Grand Theft Auto? Yep, this group of eye- and vision-related issues could be from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader, and cell phone use.
The increased amount of screen-gazing, America’s new form of stargazing (sadly… please, we’re begging you, don’t stop stargazing!) also exposes us to dreaded blue light waves. Nope, not Bud Light, b-l-u-e light. The scientists can’t get on the same page with how blue light exposure affects your eyes, but it’s been said to cause multiple issues. Primarily, researchers and doctors can agree that it wreaks havoc on your circadian rhythm.
This is how GAME goodr likes to think of it: When you’re deep into your game and you have the option to hit “save” do you? Heck yes you do! Because even though you’re a baller gamer, it’s better to be safe than sorry right? You could die a bloody death around the next turn you take, but at least you will be able to go back to the spot you hit save at. Same applies to blue blockers. If your eyes are important to you, then you should be doing your best to keep them safe. Hit save people!
Sooo… wtf is blue light anyways?
What gives off blue light?
Is blue light going to kill me?
Dr. Raj Maturi, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology would say, pffft, probs not. His logic, "During the day, you get 10 times as much blue light from the sun as you do from your computer screen. Our bodies have evolved to deal with this light." This is true, the American Academy of Ophthalmology will stand on their soapbox and tell you that we are exposed to blue light all day errr day from the sun and there is no evidence that blue light specifically from screens causes extra damage.
However, this “digital eye strain” conundrum is real. And whether you’re a hardcore gamer, a casual gamer, a student, some kind of professional sitting in front of your laptop daily, or just plain old addicted to your cellphone (:::cough::: 93% of the world [that’s a goodr stat, not an actually stat FYI]), you can attest to feeling like your eyes have been werked (and not in fun way). Which is why, Prevent Blindness, a nonprofit dedicated to mitigating vision loss, suggests that blue light can contribute to eye strain. If your eyes are super strained you’re more likely to get headaches, you’re going to feel like garbage.
The American Optometric Association has research out that indicates increased amounts of exposure to blue light can actually damage your retina. This is the innermost layer of your eye that helps signal to your brain what you are seeing. Probably not a component you want to tamper with.
It’s truly a big IDK. However, wearing blue blockers is one way to lessen the risk and make your eyes feel better. Who doesn’t like happy eyes!?? Another bonus is they’re fashionable AF. You’ll feel cutting edge wearing goodr’s Blue Mirage line of glasses.
What do blue blocker sunglasses do?
Should I be wearing blue blockers?
Carl, our CEO Flamingo, wanted to pass down a pro tip to everyone: The 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes stop what you’re doing and stare at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. (He advises not to stare at people, this can lead to awkward interactions and misinterpretations…) The purpose? The 20-20-20 rule allows your eye muscles to chill out for a second, helping reduce eye strain. We don’t realize how focused we get on our screens when we’re in the zone.