THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTION FROM BLUE LIGHT IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Nielsen reports that the average 21st century adult spends more than 11 hours each day staring at screens. You heard that right. But how surprising is that really?
With smartphones, WFH setups, streaming services, and social media taking a primary position within our daily lives it has truly become hard to get away from screens.
These extreme levels of exposure cause a variety of health issues for the modern day individual. Some of the symptoms of excessive blue light exposure are:
- Severe eye discomfort due to digital strain (commonly referred to as computer vision syndrome)
- Inability to fall asleep at night due to blue light delaying the body's natural release of melatonin
- Increased risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness
- Greater risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity
- Increased risk of depression
- Difficulty focusing
MBLUE was founded to inspire healthier lives in an increasingly digital world.
So What is Blue Light?
Light is composed a series of electromagnetic particles that travel in waves, emitting energy of different wavelengths. Shorter wavelengths correspond to higher energy and longer wavelengths to lesser energy. Wavelength is measured in nanometers (nm), where 1 nm equals 1 billionth of a meter.
Within the electromagnetic spectrum the light that we can see is referred to as visible light. Blue light has the shortest wavelength of visible light (380nm-500nm), hence emitting the most energy. Studies suggest that prolonged exposure to blue light causes significant damage to your eyes and circadian rhythm.