In the modern world, from the classroom to the living room (and everywhere in between), electronic devices are becoming more and more prevalent in our kids’ lives. We’re entering a digital world where there really is no avoiding it.

Our kids are almost inseparable from iPhones, iPads, computer and TV screens, video games … and with so much screen time in today’s world, our eyes are being exposed to an exceptionally large amount of high-energy blue light.

Yet, survey results show that parents are largely unaware of blue light and its impact on vision. So what exactly is blue light and what can you do to reduce your exposure?

WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT?

Blue light is emitted from every digital screen we use in order to produce a brighter and more colourful image on our devices. Unfortunately due to its very short wavelength, blue light produces a vast amount of energy.

This concentrated energy, enables blue light to reach deeper into the eye than any other light.

Recent findings suggest that over time, exposure to blue light could cause serious long-term damage to your eyes; from eye fatigue, headaches, poor sleep, diabetes, obesity and even cancer.

A key factor in how human sleep is regulated is exposure to light or to darkness. The pattern of waking during the day when it is light and sleeping at night when it is dark is a natural part of human life.

Our bodies are designed to produce a natural hormone called melatonin.

Exposure to blue light in the evenings, suppresses melatonin production, making it much more difficult to fall asleep at night and inhibits our bodies from getting truly restful sleep during the night.

Experts have even found a correlation between blue light exposure and mood & predisposition to depression!

WHY BLUE LIGHT IS DANGEROUS

Blue light reaches deeper into the eye.

Studies suggest that, over time, exposure to blue light could cause serious long-term damage to your eyes.

This can include eye fatigue, headaches, poor sleep, diabetes, obesity - even cancer.

Room light not only suppresses melatonin production, but it could also impact sleep, thermoregulation, blood pressure and glucose homeostasis

Exposure to blue light in people appears to have an impact on mood.

Lower melatonin - from exposure to blue light - is linked with higher rates of depression.

Blue light exposure may increase the likelihood for cataracts and macular degeneration.

WHY CHILDREN ARE MOST IN DANGER

If your child has trouble falling asleep, tosses and turns in the night, or wakes up feeling tired and irritable, it could be because of too much blue light exposure.

Adult eyes have a natural defence: as we age the lens starts to yellow, which then acts to block out some of the blue light.

But children’s eyes are still developing. So blue light is able to penetrate much more efficiently and directly into a child’s retina.

Dr. Dave Lee, from the Children’s Eye Center, told Fox News: “As we get older, the lens in our eyes naturally gets a little bit more yellow. That acts as a natural filter for that blue light.

“But children have little or no yellowing to their lens so they don’t have that natural protection.”

HOW BLUE LIGHT DISRUPTS YOUR CHILD’S SLEEP

If your child has trouble falling asleep, tosses and turns in the night, or wakes up feeling tired and irritable, it could be because of too much blue light exposure.

Blue light is especially disastrous at night because it prevents your body from creating melatonin, which helps you sleep.

Scientists say artificial light, particularly blue light, fools the brain into thinking it’s still daytime.

“Chronic exposure to artificial light at the wrong time of the evening is dangerous to your health,” Dr. Michael J. Breus says.

“The disruption of healthy sleep cycles is linked to elevated risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other metabolic disorders, as well as to psychological stress and depression.”

72%

of kids aged eight and younger have used tablets or smartphones

33%

of kids under two use tablets

80%

of learning in the first 12 years comes through their eyes

74%

of teens aged 12-17 access the internet on cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices at least occasionally

75%

of 12 - 15-year-olds use spend at least two hours a day watching TV and using a computer

15%

teens watch four or more hours of TV daily

12%

of teens use their computers for four or more hours a day

53%

of teens - kids 8 to 12 - have their own tablet

67%

of teens have their own smartphones

93%

of teens have a computer or access to one

Mobile devices account for 41% of all screen time for tweens and 46% for teens

Children and teenagers (ages 8-18) spend more than 7 hours a day consuming electronic media

Teens spend about nine hours using media for their enjoyment

Some 13-year-olds check social media 100 times a day

If you feel your child is at risk of high exposure to blue light from digital devices, don’t worry, there are a few ways to decrease exposure to blue light, and help protect them against these side effects:

Screen

1. Reduce screen time before bed

Kids

2. Maintain a digital distance between your children and the devices, children who hold devices closer to their faces are more at risk

Glasses

3. Observe the 20/20 rule, every 20 minutes make sure your child has a break from their device, and spends time looking at something that is at least 20 yards away from their eyes.

PS.
As parents, we know how much easier said than done this is, when your child is playing their favorite computer game or watching their favorite shows before bed .. so here is our top tip for protecting our babies!
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What Parents Have Been Saying About Their Kids Wearing Glasses

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT BLUE-BLOCKING GLASSES

  • A Swiss study of teenage boys, published in The Journal of Adolescent Health, showed that when a group of boys donned blue light blocker glasses in the evening for a week, they felt “significantly more sleepy” than when they wore clear glasses.
  • Independent studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio, University of Laval in Quebec City, and the Corvallis Psychiatric Clinic in Oregon among others have backed up the findings.
  • The Corvallis clinic: “Blue light blocker glasses are an effective and inexpensive treatment for insomnia and sleep deprivation … and could also prove an effective treatment of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder.”
  • Julia Rodriguez from Advanced Sleep Medicine Services in California says: “Blue light blocker glasses block a significant amount of light, reducing the amount of time it takes for you to fall asleep at night.”
  • Christopher Colwell, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, says: “Anything that will decrease that blue light exposure at night will be helpful.”
  • Dr. Michael Breus: “We live in a culture where electricity and artificial light are everywhere: inexpensive and always available in seemingly endless supply. So it’s absolutely necessary that we stay educated and aware of all of light’s possible effects on our brains and bodies. Only then can we minimize its dangers and risks to our health.”

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