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Posted on 09-06-2016

Blue Light Vision: What You Need to Know From Your Beaverton Eye Care Professionals

At McBride Vision Clinic, we're your one-stop shop for all your family's eye care needs in the Beaverton area. Whether you're looking for routine eye and vision care in the form of annual eye exams or are in need of treatment for an ocular condition, our team of dedicated experts is here to help. One of the more common reasons people have been coming into our office lately is for that of blue light vision problems.

Blue Light Vision: What You Need to Know

What is Blue Light and How Can It Be Dangerous?

Blue light is some of the strongest light emitted on the light spectrum, with the majority of it coming from electronic devices such as televisions, computer screens, and even smartphone screens. In small, controlled doses, blue light isn't very dangerous to your health. However, with people spending more time in front of their computer, TV, and phone screens than ever before, blue light has become an increasing problem.

Not only can it affect your eyes by deteriorating your vision, but it can result in a host of physical problems as well, such as an inability to sleep (self-inflicted insomnia).

Blue Light Vision and Computer Vision Syndrome

Furthermore, blue light vision is also associated with computer vision syndrome (CVS), a condition caused by excessive exposure to lighting from electronics. This condition can result not only in vision problems, but also:

  • eye pain
  • eye strain
  • blurry vision
  • itchy eyes

Often times, blue light vision and CVS go hand-in-hand.

Options for Blue Light Prevention

The good news is that despite how dangerous excessive exposure to blue light can be, there are options for blue light prevention and reducing the amount of blue light that your eyes come into contact with. For starters, if you spend more than 10 hours in front of blue light each day, why not make an effort to reduce your exposure—especially before bed time. Even restricting your use of smartphones and other electronic devices an hour or two before bed can help you prevent problems with sleeping and insomnia.

Furthermore, you may want to talk to your eye doctor about the possibility of getting blue light eyeglasses made for you, especially if you work a job that requires you to spend a great deal of time in front of a computer screen each day. Specifically, blue light eyeglasses are made with a special coating that helps to block out blue light, thus preserving your vision and reducing other side effects of excessive exposure to blue light. We can make you a pair of these glasses right here in our office!

Request an Appointment Today

Whether you're interested in talking more to an eye care specialist about blue light vision in Beaverton or are looking to have blue light glasses made, McBride Vision Clinic is here to help. Give our office a call at (503) 297-4183 today to request an appointment, and be sure to take advantage of our current new client special!

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