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How Can You Prevent Blue Light from Causing Tired Eyes?


Ever wonder what blue light is, and why it’s gotten so much attention recently? Visible light is made up of different wavelengths, depending on color, and blue light has a short wavelength with high energy. While the sun is the primary source of blue light, other significant sources include digital screens, fluorescents, LED lights, and flat screen LCD televisions. Overexposure to blue light is associated with symptoms such as eye strain. When emitted by digital devices, it is particularly problematic because of the close proximity of screens to your eyes – and the long periods spent staring at them. Consequently, many people experience tired eyes and the uncomfortable symptoms of what is often called “computer vision syndrome.”

Our eye doctors in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood, and Houston, Texas,  explain how blue light affects your eyes and share tips on how to protect your vision.

Effects of Blue Light

Almost all blue light you're exposed to passes through your cornea and lens, reaching the retina and possibly aging the eyes prematurely, over time. Short term exposure to blue light, such as from digital screens mentioned above, can also lead to computer vision syndrome – often experienced as tired eyes, eye irritation, and difficulty focusing.

How to Protect Your Peepers

Decreasing your exposure to blue light is the ticket to keeping your eyes safe from computer vision syndrome. Here’s how:

  • Use matte screen filters to block blue light and decrease contrast
  • Limit screen time and take breaks
  • Wear computer glasses with blue light blocking lenses
  • Fit eyeglasses with anti-reflective lenses to reduce glare

Consult Our Eye Doctor

Blue light surrounds us, and even more so nowadays as Covid-19 has kept people homebound, connected to computers constantly. Talk to one of our optometrists near you about different ways to protect your tired eyes and your children’s eyes from computer vision syndrome.

At Eye Trends, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

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As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

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Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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