Have your eyes ever felt extra tired after hours of typing up papers or doing online research? It's likely more than just a signal to get more sleep—it could be the effects of blue light. Digital devices like laptops, tablets, and phones emit blue light that can strain your eyes over prolonged periods of exposure, leading to eye pain, headaches, and even problems sleeping.
One simple solution for students who spend a lot of time on their devices is wearing blue light glasses. Blue light blocking glasses help protect your eyes, whether you're doing schoolwork or catching up with your favorite shows.
What Are Blue Light Glasses?
Blue light is a portion of the visible light spectrum that can increase alertness and attention. In the past, we got most of our share of blue light from the sun. Now, digital devices, fluorescent bulbs, and LED lights produce blue light, which can mess with your circadian rhythm (sleep cycle) when you're exposed later in the day. In other words, it can cause your brain to think it's daytime, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep at night.
Blue light glasses were developed to help combat this effect. They come with a special tint or coating to filter or block blue light, which helps shield and protect your eyes from strain. Many people get them as an add-on to prescription glasses, but you can even get them in non-prescription lenses.
Why Blue Light Glasses Are Great for Students
The most effective way to stop blue light from affecting your sleep is to reduce your exposure at night, but this isn't always an option for busy high school and college students. Whether you have an unusually heavy course load, after-school activities, a job, or other responsibilities, many students will need to keep working after the sun sets. But that doesn't mean you should have to miss out on sleep.
Quality sleep is essential for everyone, but it's especially important for students. Teenagers need at least 9 hours of sleep, but an estimated 60 to 70% aren't getting nearly enough of it. The better your sleep habits, the more likely your health, memory, performance in school, and mood will improve.
This is why blue light blocking glasses can be beneficial for kids and young adults. When you need to buckle down to take tests, do homework, or study, they can protect you from the negative effects of blue light and help regulate your circadian rhythm. Of course, you'll see these advantages when you want to watch movies and TV, play video games, or use social media too.
Plus, if you experience eye pain, itchy or watery eyes, blurred vision, headaches or migraines, or even neck pain due to blue light exposure, this technology could help reduce your risk of symptoms.
Since the negative side effects of blue light can affect anyone, glasses-wearers or not, they're available in non-prescription lenses. With blue light blocking non-Rx glasses, you can wear your frames all day or only pull them out when you need them.
Blue Light Lenses at JINS
As a leading eyewear retailer, JINS has always been at the forefront of eyeglass innovation. In 2011, we launched JINS SCREEN (formerly JINS PC) in Japan, then brought the technology to the U.S. in 2015. The goal of these glasses was to reduce the public's exposure to blue light and help decrease negative side effects.
While most blue light glasses only use one method to block harmful wavelengths, our innovative technology limits blue light using both a coating and a substrate. The patented coating reflects certain blue wavelengths, while the substrate absorbs them, preventing them from reaching your eyes. This results in a 25% reduction in blue light transmission. We also offer a lens tint for heavier screen time usage, which blocks 40% of blue light transmission.
Functionality is, of course, an important feature, but we also prioritize comfort and style. JINS SCREEN lenses look just like standard lenses and can be added to any of our frames, with or without a prescription. We focus on making stylish, high-quality glasses more accessible and affordable. Learn more about JINS blue light glasses and non-Rx computer glasses, then shop our full collection to add them to your favorite frames.