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We’ve seen a lot of crazy inventions the last few years to feed into our social media addictions–Snapchat goggles, for instance, and Apple phones that are geared toward improving productivity…but mostly serve as a distraction.
I’ve tried all of these, and find them mostly useless. One recent tech-related invention, which isn’t actually tech itself but helps while using some of your devices, is far from useless. A simple glasses that block blue light and look like a trendy pair of prescription of fashion frames have helped me alleviate headaches and eye issues caused by using devices 24/7.
After a few years out of college and in the working world, I noticed a lot of things change–one of those was I started getting chronic headaches. I went to a few doctors, and after adjusting my posture, we narrowed my symptoms down to being in front of a screen constantly. As a writer, photographer, and a self-diagnosed tech-addict, my behavior wasn’t going to change, so I was prescribed a pair of glasses and sent on my way. After about 5-days headache-free, they crept back into my life. I was super frustrated and decided to try and do some research on my own.
It turns out, my symptoms are pretty common–about 60% of people who use devices more than 2-hours a day experience symptoms such as dry eyes, eye fatigue, and headaches, according to The Vision Council.
Lucky for me, there’s a company out there that makes glasses that block these harmful rays. Healthy Office computer glasses. Not only are they functional, they look good enough to keep on all day, from marathon writing sessions to scrolling through Instagram for an hour before bed. I picked the Mission style, and couldn’t be happier with my choice.
“We’re in front of our screens more than we even realize. We’ve built a pair of glasses that are comfortable, fashionable, and block the harmful light that can cause headaches, and potentially more serious health issues” says Nick Kellermeyer, co-founder of Healthy Office.
When I first got the glasses, I’ll be honest…I thought they were snake oil. The lenses were perfectly clear, and I really had no way of telling whether they would work. Then I looked at my phone. Even though the glasses didn’t have a prescription, I didn’t feel like I needed to squint…my eyes were relaxed, and something seemed to be working. I kept wearing them, and within a week, my headaches were gone.
“We’ve been working in the tech space for more than a decade each, and frequently have headaches–all of our friends and family experience the same thing”, said Kellermeyer of his co-founder and himself. “Everything we do is digital, from ordering food to checking our bank balance–it’s just our way of life.” So the founders set out to create a product to make looking at screens healthier. The company offers six frame styles in different colors and sizes. They come with a pretty cool folding case and frankly feel like they’re higher quality than the expensive prescription glasses I tried.
Do you need blue light glasses? How do you tell? Well, if you’re looking at a screen for more than an hour or two a day, then chances are you could benefit from a pair. In addition to headaches, blue light also impacts your body’s ability to produce melatonin–which means you’re likely experiencing sleep issues because of this artificial light.
In fact, Mr. Kellermeyer told us that a few of the eye experts said that blue light contributes to macular degeneration even more so than UV glasses. “It’s right next to UV on the light spectrum, and most people get more direct exposure to blue light than they ever would UV light. The impact of blue light on humans, long-term, is just in the early stages of discovery…but we’re starting to see some very harmful effects.
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