4 Crazy Reasons You Never Knew You Needed Blue-Light Blocking Glasses

I spend a lot of time in front of a screen-- like A LOT-- and I am sure many of you do as well. I knew that the blue light from my computer and phone was not good for my eyes but when I started to notice a lot more eye strain and even some eye twitching, I figured I should give blue light glasses a shot.

Now I ordered mine a few years ago so I have no idea where I got them from but they are much more mainstream now so you can find them pretty easily on amazon or even glasses places. If you need a prescription, many places now offer it as an upgrade to your glasses.

Here are some of the main reasons you should consider getting blue light glasses:

  • I think by now we know that blue light from out phones, computers, and TV is not good for our health but did you also know that the lighting in our homes and offices may also be damaging our eyes. Of course, it may be a bit tricky to convince your boss to switch to softer lighting but this is something you can control in your home. One issue is that the bulbs which are typically easier on the eyes are not as energy efficient. If you don't want to get rid of your energy-efficient lightbulbs, then consider turning them off at night and using light from lamps (with shades) and candlelight (real or artificial).

  • Blue light can disrupt our circadian rhythm and inhibit the production of melatonin. Why is this a problem? This may disrupt sleep which is critical time in order for our bodies to rest and repair. When we are sleeping, not only is it giving us energy for the next day but it is also critical for hormone and digestive health. It can also be problematic if we wake up and immediately look at our phones. I know I can be guilty of this and I am sure many of you can be as well. This is problematic because instead, we should be looking directly at natural sunlight when we wake up to help our body understand that it's time to start our day. I encourage you to keep your phone away from your bed and use a traditional alarm and consider using a blue light-free alarm clock that mimics the sun rising.

  • Exposure to blue light can be damaging to your eyes. I think it's pretty obvious why this is bad. The unfortunate thing is that most of us can't get away from our devices due to work commitments. This is why blue light blocking gasses are key. With that being said, we could all probably reduce our screen time outside of work (cell phones, TV, etc). Don't forget, blue light is not just coming from our screens!

  • Impacts cortisol levels. That's right, blue light has been linked to increased cortisol levels in our body. This is essentially linked to the point about it messing with our circadian rhythm and impacting sleep but it's still important to note on its own. Plus, we are already exposed to many physical, emotional, and other stressors in our day-to-day that this just makes things worse. And let's be real, the actual activities we use our devices for (emails, social media, news), can also be stressful so it's a good excuse to close your computer and put away your phone!

Eye Supportive Sweet Potato Kale Salad 

Ingredients

Dressing:

  • 1.5 cups cashews
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup water (add less or more as needed)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp honey dijon mustard 

Salad

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil for chickpeas and 1 tbsp avocado oil for sweet potatoes and beets
  • 1 cup sweet potato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup beets, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp chipotle spice
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 large head of kale, chopped
  • pumpkin and sunflower seeds to top
  • sea salt and pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Line two baking sheets
  • On one spread out cooked chickpeas and drizzle with a little avocado oil and chipotle seasoning
  • On the other baking sheet, place beets and sweet potato with avocado oil, sea salt and pepper
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until vegetables soften and chickpeas brown
  • For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend for a couple minutes until smooth
  • Combine everything in a large bowl and top with sunflower and pumpkin seeds