If you are one of the millions of people that use an iPad, tablet, or e-reader, you may be having some problems. Recent studies have been showing that intensive use of these devices, are causing headaches, eye strain, dizziness, and insomnia.
Why? Well it has to do with the blue part of the light spectrum that are emitted by these devices-
"Blue light is that light with wavelengths in the 500nm to 381nm range. Both blue light and UV‑A are sometimes referred to as "near UV," but for purposes of this report, "near UV" refers to blue light"
We have known for a long time that UV-A and UV-B light can be physically harmful. Now there is some data that suggest that "Near UV-A" can cause problems running from headaches and insomnia to possibly damaging your eyes.
[I provide here, some very simple answers to some recent questions that I have been asked. I am not a research scientist, I am an Optician. I strongly recommend that you explore the resources I have listed at the bottom of this page for further information.]
Can Blue Light Actually Damage My Eyes? According to several studies, there is a strong possiblity that intensive, blue light (Near UV-A) exposure, can possibly cause retinal damage and senile macular degeneration. Some people are more at-risk than others, especially the young.
How do Blue Light Issues relate to Computer Vision Syndrome? Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is a grouping of visual problems related to issues like glare, and extended focussing on one set point, a computer screen. The glare issues can be resolved with Anti-reflective computer screens or covers, or eyeglass lenses with anti-reflective coatings. The other issue is related to your eyes' ability to "accomodate" at different viewing distances. (If you stare at a pencil at 20 inches in front of your eyes for 8 hours a day, I can guarantee that you will eventually have problems shifting focus to nearer and farther objects.) The solution to CVS is Computer Reading Glasses with an AR Coating or Computer Bifocals with AR Coating, for people that require a computer distance reading power and a near distance power.
I think that "Blue Light" issues will eventually be included as a part of the syndrome, in "Computer Vision Sydrome".
I experience these Blue-Light problems, especially when reading at night. This is a CVS and blue light issue. From my experience, if you are viewing any source of direct light from TV screens, computer monitors, and hand helds like cell phones, iPads, and tablet devices, you need to also have an extra light source behind you and behind that light source.
That means having a light source behind you like a reading lamp and a source of light behind what you are viewing like a light on in a hallway or another lamp. Yes, I know that means you are going to irritate anyone trying to sleep with you. (Sorry!)
What About E-Ink Screens? I was an early adopter of the Kindle and I have to say, it did what it did very well. I love matte screens but hate the very low (no) value internet experience. In daylight, the Kindle was readable indoors and outside with no eye strain and absolutely no glare outside. It was very light weight and comfortable to hold. The problem was that in order to read at night, I had to put it in a cover and attach a book light which trippled the weight, making it uncomfortable to hold for long periods.
Here's the thing- as far as CVS and blue light, and their related vision issues, there is no evidence that E-Ink screens are any better than LED screens.
As it happens there is a simple way to protect your eyes from Near UV-A, as well as UV-A and UV-B. The solution is Monitor Glasses. Monitor glasses have a special tint with a UV-A/B filter which blocks blue light. There are several manufacturers that offer blue light filtering monitor glasses. We offer the cool and affordable, iVisionwear and the Gamers Edge which both block Blue Light. These are not reading glasses, just plano, or zero power.
If you need reading glasses and are having blue light problems, we are now offering a solution, Mojo BluBlock Readers! We have developed a perfect blue light blocking tint that filters out all Near UV-A, UV-A, and UV-B, and with our great collection of frames you have the perfect pair of Monitor Reading Glasses. Like most of our readers, you can select from no power to +4.00 in either eye. The lenses are polycarbonate and the tint is a special yellow color at a 15% depth.
Choosing the right power- Computer Reading Glasses vs. Monitor Reading Glasses
Computer Reading Glasses- A typical computer user views the screen at about arm's
We are expanding our Mojo BluBlock Reader collection to include our most popular frame styles. If you find a style of frame that is not currently available in our store with the BluBlock tint, no worries! Just contact us with your request!
Latest Customer Review-
"I have been using drugstore readers now for about 3 years. I am one who never had to wear glasses and never wanted to. However age has other plans. Since I love to read I had to give in. I found that after a month or so, my readers would start to fog or just not work as well. I was having a lot of eyestrain from forcing my reading by squinting or moving my book back and forth until I had no choice but to buy yet another pair."
"After a couple of years, I started having a harder and harder time reading on the computer. (Standard desktop). I,unfortunately, started slipping on my readers thinking this would help. Bad, Bad, decision! I soon could not read the computer without the readers. Then, my eyestrain, headaches, dizziness, exploded. I tried going to two diffferent eye doctors. Each told me different things, patted me on the head, and sent me on my way. Needless to say, I was very very frustrated."
"I began an online search to help myself discover a solution. I soon learned that normal reading uses one's near vision and computer reading
uses one's intermediate vision. By using my readers for both, I was confusing my eye muscles. The strain this put on my eyes was what was contributing so much to my problems. I also learned that drugstore readers DO NOT use optician quality lenses. This is why they do not last and are ultimately harmful to your eyes."
"I then discovered readingglassesetc.com. Through several very informative email exchanges, I learned that they had several quality options for me. I tried bifocal readers, mojo bluebock monitor readers and AR readers the latter two both with computer intermediate vision. This I was informed is 1/2 of your near reading magnification. For me this is a +1.25. All three had high quality frames and lenses. My final personal choice was the AR (anti reflective) readers. Just trying these for 2 days allowed me to discern a drastic difference in clarity and brightness. I have had them for about a week now, and I no longer am having any headaches!!"
"The mojo blueblock monitor readers are also excellent. I do not use a smart phone, or a tablet, or a laptop, but both my husband and son in law do. We all three noticed an amazing difference when viewing each of these items through the mojo lenses. They have done an excellent job in creating a lens coating that decreases the blue light from back lit items without interfering with one's ability to clearly see print, pictures, and movies for extended periods of time. I believe these are a must for anyone who uses handheld back lit devices. We all only have one set of eyes, and in today's world, taking care of them has never been more important."
"The folks at Reading Glasses Etc have done an amazing job with keeping up with technology and offering quality well made eyewear solutions for a wide variety of needs at a very reasonable price.I believe they hold themselves to a high standard and provide excellent personal customer service. You will not regret making your purchase with them."
"I truly appreciate the help and advice. I am enjoying my computer readers and can't wait to get my regular readers."