You’d like a filter for your screen (phone, laptop, desktop, or tablet) that would protect you from blue light and glare. You looked all over with no luck. But, there are many vendors offering screen protectors with impressive blue blocking claims: filters blue light up to 100%, or 90% blue light blockage and in smaller font: from 370nm to 420nm. What does that mean? It gets really confusing when you also find their claim of no color distortion because that is impossible – you can’t block blue light and see it too!?!
In fact it is not easy to find good screen protectors that do filter considerable proportion of blue light, with no sales tricks, just plain and straightforward data. It’s disappointing, but there is little contest for the best anti-blue light screen filter. Could it be that there is only one that lives up to its promises!? … unless, Would you be happy with a DIY solution?
Below is a review of 13 brands that claim blue blocking properties of their screen protectors. You’ll also find spectrograms (where available) with corresponding recommendations about filters’ suitability for different blue light associated conditions.
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Do you regularly feel exhausted but can’t sleep? Tired eyes? Maybe you’ve noticed increased glare and light sensitivity? You probably have a screen based job. Moreover, after work you feel so tired you can’t but relax: read, watch TV, play video games, shop online, etc. But in doing so you rest your rested body (at work you mostly sit) and exhaust even more your already tired eyes (they’d been working very hard all day)!? Wouldn’t it be nice to be more productive at work and simultaneously more rested and upbeat during and afterward your workday? It can be done! Fight the effects of sedentary lifestyle and sedentary work with computer work in motion.
This post suggests that eye fatigue and photophobia should be added to the list of health risks associated with sedentary lifestyle – the sum of overall sitting time (screen based work, TV viewing, sitting in cars, …).
More importantly, the post proposes several ways you can set up your computer workstation to be physically active while you work. Continue reading →
Guest post by Margaret Copeley, MEd
Many people must spend virtually their entire work day at a computer. In addition, many of us spend several more hours using a computer for personal activities: email, shopping, researching topics of interest, and so on. As a freelance writer and editor I found that Computer Vision Syndrome crept up on me over a period of a couple of years after about ten years of very intensive computer use. My eyes were very dry and burning; my vision was blurry; I had constant headaches; I became very sensitive to light both indoors and outdoors. My discomfort and poor vision became so severe that I really wondered if I could continue in my work. That was a sobering thought, and it motivated me to learn as much as I could about my eyesight and how it is affected by a computer.
In this article I will describe some strategies that can make a significant difference in eye comfort for writers, editors, and others who work mostly on a computer with an emphasis on customizing Microsoft Word for maximum clarity and comfort. Continue reading →
This overview of blue light blocking glasses was motivated by complaints about the poor style among the good blue blockers. Truly, it is impossible to find brands of blue blocking glasses with a deep selection of frames, various blue blocking tints, disclosed spectral transmittance data, Anti-Reflective (AR) coating, and all of that available in prescription (Rx) for those who need it. But some vendors get very close! Hopefully this review broadens your options and helps you find the perfect blue blockers for your taste and blue light filtering needs. Continue reading →
Saying that “blue light blockers don’t distort color” is manipulation used to convince uninformed people to buy products that filter blue light, but not much and not any more than it filters the rest of visible light spectrum. But to prevent or mitigate eye strain, glare, insomnia, etc. a filter should block either most blue light or considerably more blue light than it blocks other, longer wavelengths of visible light. Such a blue light filter necessarily distorts color!
With the help of a few spectrograms you’ll see below why it is possible to say deceivingly – but without lying – that blue blockers don’t distort color.
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Windows 10 has made life of those with light sensitivity and computer eye strain issues more difficult. In terms of text and background color adaptability to specific visual needs it is a step back when compared to Windows 7. But you can still have it your way. Below you may find detailed instructions on how to fully personalize your Windows 10 screen’s appearance to your, eye-friendly colors (anything, to any color). The instructions should also work in Windows 8. Continue reading →
Office lighting and screen glare frequently cause computer eye strain headache, computer use in offices with LED and fluorescent lighting in particular. The light sensitive and those with fluorescent light sensitivity are particularly vulnerable as their problems appear to have the same cause: disproportionately high blue light content emitted by LED and fluorescent lights. This post draws from vision and work ergonomics science to suggest ways to reduce LED and fluorescent light headaches with five different types of blue filtering glare screens.
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