They claim to help stop headaches and keep eyes healthy, but do they really work to help better your eyes?

The average office worker spends 1700 hours a week in front of a computer screen. And that’s just while we’re at the office — this does not even account for the time you are staring on your phone!

All of that screen time seems to come with various ill effects on our bodies and minds, such as eye strain, headaches and insomnia. To combat those problems, you can pick up a pair of computer glasses — also called blue-light blocking glasses — which promise everything from eliminating eye strain to helping you sleep better.

What is blue light?

All visible light we humans see contains the entire spectrum of the rainbow, from red to violet. Within that spectrum are blue light waves, which are said to help us stay alert and upbeat.

What gives off blue light?

Any source of visible light gives off blue light waves, whether it’s the sun, a touchscreen or a light bulb.

We get plenty of blue light waves each day from the sun, but after dark we’re still exposed to it from many artificial sources.

How does blue light affect sleep?

When the sun goes down, the lack of light signals our bodies to start producing melatonin, the hormone responsible for making us fall asleep.

Before the advent of artificial light, the sun regulated our sleep schedules. But today, we’re exposed to light all day and into the night. While exposure to any light waves after dark delays our bodies’ production of melatonin, blue light waves can be especially problematic because they keep us alert.

On the other hand, blue light can help us overcome sleep issues by disrupting our usual circadian rhythm. The Lumos mask,

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