What is AMD?

Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a condition of the eyes that is the leading cause of vision loss in people ages 50 or over. Since February is National AMD Awareness month, here are some of the facts about AMD, and some great ways to help prevent it at a younger age. What does AMD affect? AMD affects the macula, which is a small spot in the center of the retina that helps us to see sharp and clear objects that are [...continue reading]

Should You Be Wearing Sunglasses Year Round?

We often think of sunglasses as being a warm-weather necessity, but there is plenty of research now suggesting that sunglasses should be an essential item in your bag or pockets year-round. Aside from looking great, sunglasses protect our eyes in many different ways, making them invaluable, even in cold weather. What are some the ways that sunglasses protect our eyes? Sunglasses protection is crucial to maintaining good eye health. Some of the benefits of sunglasses are: Keeping our eyes moisturized. [...continue reading]

Can a Computer be Addictive?

Addiction can take many forms, and people generally don’t associate the word with technology much. After all, our computers, tablets and smartphones have only improved our communications and daily lives, right? However, computer addiction is a very real affliction and can affect so many aspects of daily life that it becomes debilitating. What are the causes of computer addiction? Computer addiction can have several causes, but generally, people who become addicted to computers can become Anxious or depressed Lonely Dependent [...continue reading]

Why Limit Screen Time for Kids?

Screens are everywhere these days. Televisions, computers, tablets and smartphones can be found in almost every home, and in the hands of even the youngest members of the family. However, while too much screen time for anyone is proven to be harmful, the effects on developing children can be even worse. How much screen time is average? Research shows that ages five through eight years olds are spending nearly three full hours a day staring at the TV, tablet or [...continue reading]

The Science is in the Color

BluTech Lenses have a distinctive tint to every pair and this color aids in their advanced blue-violet light blocking technology. Other companies may claim to have superior blue-light blocking available in a clear lens, but the truth is that it is not blocking the most harmful of rays. Why aren’t clear lenses good enough? Clear lenses, even with supposed blue-light filters, only block up to 400nm of harmful rays, when most devices emit as much as 455nm. This means that [...continue reading]

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, is a combination of several issues that can arise from spending too much time working or playing on a computer screen. Also called digital eye strain, this syndrome is no longer limited to just computers. With smartphones and tablets being used by most of the population, this syndrome can affect almost any age at any time. What are the symptoms of CVS? Some of the symptoms associated with CVS include: Eye strain Headaches Blurry vision [...continue reading]

What You Need to Know Before Buying Your Child A Smart Device

During the holidays, smart devices are pushed by retailers as the hottest technology gifts for everyone in the family. This usually includes children, who are now growing up in an age of technology that is targeting younger and younger consumers. Before you commit to buying your child a tablet or smartphone, there are some things to consider on if you should purchase these, or how you can limit their use. What’s the harm? While technology can help advance our children [...continue reading]

What is 455 NM?

Blue light is all around us. It can be found in both natural sunlight and artificial sources such as tablets, computers, Smartphones and television sets. It can be divided into two categories, which are blue-violet light and blue-turquoise light. What’s the difference? Blue-Violet light operates at a wavelength of between 415nm and 455nm and can be very harmful. Blue-turquoise light operates on a wavelength of between 465nm and 500nm and is necessary to our vision and eye health. What makes [...continue reading]

Why Kids Need Sleep

Many parents know that a good night’s sleep can cut down the frequency of colds and possible emotional meltdowns, but did you know that there are a plethora of other reasons your kids need more sleep NOW? Promotes Growth - Growth hormones are primarily secreted when children sleep, which is why babies are programmed to enter into deep sleep more than 50% of the time. Studies show that children with deficient growth hormone levels, sleep less than those with average [...continue reading]

Blue Light Exposed

Blue light is complicated, as it is both good and bad for us. Whether you’re stepping outside and bathing in sunlight or you’re turning on a light indoors, both of these activities involve contact with blue light. Sunlight alone contains yellow, orange, red, green and blue light, including many in-between shades of these colors. There are two different types of wavelengths: Long Wavelengths - Contain less energy Short Wavelengths - Contain more energy Colors on the red end of the [...continue reading]

The Latest News on Blue Light and its Effect on Sleep

Light is a type of medicine. Take light therapy, for example, which can help people that suffer from seasonal depression. Proper light exposure can help boost sleep, performance and increase energy levels. However, because today’s world is full of electronic devices, being too lit-up has a downside, which can negatively affect your overall health and sleep. Our bodies are designed to wake when there is light out, and go to sleep when it gets dark out, which is the way [...continue reading]

Poor Sleep Associated with Risky Teen Behavior

Teens are among the most impressionable and require a solid eight to 10 hours of sleep per night for optimal health. However, recent studies highlight alarming trends where more than 70-percent of high students do not get the necessary sleep they require to operate at peak performance. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital analyzed the sleeping data of risk-taking behaviors and how they correlate to sleep duration. The data, compiled over an eight-year period, found a link between risk-taking actions [...continue reading]

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