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Blue Light and Eye Health

Workplace Eye Wellness Month, celebrated in March, is a great opportunity to remind everyone that eye health, like good oral health, plays an important role in your overall health. With adults and children alike logging so much screen time in today’s world — nearly 60 percent of Americans use digital devices for five or more hours a day — blue light could be taking a toll on your eyes.

Linked to digital eye strain, blue light is high-energy light emitted from computer monitors, tablets, smartphones, and TVs. In fact, 80 percent of VSP optometrists report the effects of blue light exposure are increasing, and may lead to headaches, eye strain, dry eyes, or blurry vision.

What steps can you take to reduce exposure to blue light while confidently connecting to your digital devices?

  • Maintain your digital distance. Find a comfortable viewing distance from your screen and position your computer monitor between 24 to 28 inches away from your eyes.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Give your eyes a break every 20 minutes and spend at least 20 seconds looking at something at least 20 feet away.
  • Schedule an eye exam. Talk to your eye doctor about your lifestyle and ask about the best options for reducing eye strain.
  • Limit screen time before bed. Turn devices off a few hours before going to bed and consider downloading an app that reduces blue light on your phone or tablet as the sun goes down.

If you’re concerned about blue light exposure and digital eye strain, and want to schedule an eye exam, we can point you in the right direction. Call Cosmo Insurance Agency to find a doctor in your network.

Cosmo Insurance Agency is a full-service independent insurance agency based in Hackensack (Bergen County) and Lakewood (Ocean County), New Jersey that offers an all-encompassing range of insurance options for both individuals and businesses. Cosmo keeps its promise to assure an efficient and creative approach to the services we offer. Each of our clients experience a personalized and long-term relationship with us. Our New Jersey based team of health brokers guides our clients in helping them choose the most cost-effective options. By incorporating our knowledge of the insurance guidelines for healthcare, employee benefits, life insurance, self-insurance, dental, disability, and long term care insurance, we keep our clients up-to-date with affordable plans that cover all their specific insurance needs.