PROTECT YOUR CHILD’S EYES FROM DANGEROUSBLUE LIGHT
Our kids are almost inseparable from iPhones, iPads, computer and TV screens, video games … and with so much screen time in today’s world, their eyes are being exposed to an exceptionally large amount of dangerous, high-energy blue light.
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.
WHY CHILDREN ARE MOST IN DANGER
Adult eyes have a natural defense: 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.
HOW BLUE LIGHT DISRUPTS YOUR CHILD’S SLEEP
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.”
Scientists have developed glasses with orange-tinted lenses that block blue light and help to ease digital eye strain! … They also look pretty cool, too!
Swannies blue light blocking glasses protect your kids by filtering out harmful artificial light from digital devices.
Wearing these FDA-registered glasses at least an hour before bed allows your child to use phones, tablets, computers and e-readers freely without disrupting their sleep and damaging their eyes.
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.”
“But children have little or no yellowing to their lens so they don’t have that natural protection.”