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Spending hours looking at a screen, can blue light deflecting glasses help protect your eyes?

Posted at 4:51 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 08:33:13-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — You spend up to 8 hours a day staring at a computer screen while at work, and then a few more hours staring at your phone or TV when you're home.

That's can add up to a lot of screen time. New products have hit the market to try and help protect people's eyes from the blue light the emits from the screens.
Dr. David Montesanti at ECVA Eyecare in Niagara Falls says there's not enough research right now to say the glasses protect people's eyes from cancer and other harmful diseases.

"There is anecdotal evidence that if we decrease the amount of light that goes into our retina there may be less chance of harm or disease," Dr. Montesanti said. He says there's no evidence of harm to the eyes by using the glasses.

According to a survey done by a company that makes glasses with the tint, they found 98% of people said they noticed sleep improvement when they wore the glasses. They also found 65% of people said they noticed a significant reduction in headaches.

Dima Maddah is a social media manager at the Martin group who bought the blue light deflecting glasses. She only spent $4 more to have the tint put on. She says it has helped decrease her headaches.

As for sleep, Dr. Montesanti says blue light could be a cause of interrupting your natural body rhythm. He says your natural clock knows that when it's dark it is time for bed, but with your eyes focused on a screen it could be the reason for restless sleep.

Dr. Montesanti says there needs to be much more research done before he would say the blue tint can actually help people. For now he says there's no harm in trying them.