This article originally appeared on the VSP Blog.
In many work environments, you’re not allowed to start your day without proper eye protection. With the ever-growing reliance on blue light emitting devices in the workplace, and the sun’s overly generous blue light contribution to outdoor work settings, it might be a good practice to think of blue-light-reducing eyewear in the same regard.
An office setting typically houses the most forms of blue-light-emitting devices. From desktop monitors to smartphones to tablets to overhead LEDs and/or CFLs, it can feel like blue light is lurking around every cubicle and corner in corporate America.
But while desk jockeys are among those at risk of digital eye strain, they’re not the only ones exposed to blue light after punching in. Here’s a look a three other work environments you may be surprised to find are potential hotbeds for blue light exposure:
When it comes to insight on the digital viewing habits of Americans, The Vision Council has established itself as the go-to source. Each year the council releases its findings on the awareness and impacts of device use, blue light exposure, and digital eye strain.
The Vision Council has released its 2017 blue light/digital eye strain report, and this year's edition featured several noteworthy findings. Here’s a quick look at five of them and what they could mean for you and your patients.
VR (virtual reality) headsets are sure to top many a letter to Santa this year. And why wouldn’t they? The ability to navigate a jungle, shop at a mega mall, or journey to outer space without moving from your couch promises an unequaled experience for users both young and old. But along with the amazing potential comes a very real concern from placing a smartphone two inches away from your eyes.
As hundreds of thousands of ravenous bargain hunters stampede one another in a mad dash to score a 72” flat screen for $50 this Black Friday, savvy online shoppers will be relaxing by the keyboard or touchscreen waiting for the deals to come to them on Cyber Monday. No bruises. No broken bones. No dashed dreams of saving $500 on a vacuum cleaner after conceding it to a large man on a mission to buy his wife the most ill-advised of holiday gifts.
But while safer for one’s physical (and mental) well-being, Cyber Monday can come with its own drawbacks. Online shoppers spending as little as two hours in front of a screen this Monday are susceptible to digital eye strain from blue light exposure.