Does Blue Light Cause Headaches?
Does Blue Light Cause Headaches?
Lately, it seems everyone is talking about blue light and the symptoms it causes. One of these symptoms is headaches. As people spend more time on their electronics, they notice they have more frequent and severe headaches. But, does blue light cause headaches, or is it something else? And, if it does, how can you protect your eyes? We’ll answer all your questions in this blog post.
Research About Blue Light Headaches
It can be hard to tell if some claims are just to push a trend, or if they are science-backed. At Rebel Kin, we believe in only sharing claims backed by research. So, let’s go over some scientific studies about blue light headaches.
According to a study from Scientific Reports, blue light can over excite your retina, which can damage photoreceptors. This is after ongoing blue light exposure, such as staring at a computer screen for eight hours a day. The long-term effect of this is impaired vision, which can strain your brain as it tries to process images. This means you can get a headache due to the work your brain is doing when looking at blue light.
Even Harvard Health, one of the most reputable health sources, agrees that blue light has some harsh side effects. In one article called, “Blue light has a dark side,” the medical school shares blue light can negatively impact your sleep. And, a lack of sleep causing migraines is well-documented according to WebMD. So, although you may not get a headache during the day, blue light can lead to headaches due to sleep problems.
Why Does Blue Light Cause Headaches?
Even before blue light glasses were hitting the market, many people dealt with headaches after computer exposure. There’s just something about the bright light of your computer that makes you feel exhausted and get a migraine. You know the feeling. So, it’s safe to say this harsh light from your electronics can cause headaches.
Other than the reason explained by the Scientific Reports study, there are many reasons blue light may cause headaches. According to Verywell Health, excess illumination may cause headaches and migraines. Even overhead fluorescent lights, which do let off blue light can cause headaches. In the article, they recommend adding glare filters and adjusting the brightness of your monitor to avoid light-related headaches.
What About Other Causes For Headaches?
As we mentioned above, we believe in sticking to the facts with our readers and customers. So, we do want to mention one other cause for headaches when it comes to staring at electronic devices. The issue may come from your eyes having to work hard to see clearly. Your vision can worsen over time, which makes it difficult to focus on your screen. So, the reason for your headaches may not be exclusively from blue light, but rather the need for prescription lenses.
If you haven’t seen your eye doctor recently to test your vision, consider doing so soon. It can be difficult to notice your eyesight has worsened over the years. But, if you find yourself hunched over trying to read emails, you likely need prescription lenses. And, if you still want to protect yourself from blue light, there are many options for prescription blue light glasses, including our line that’s coming soon. You can also wear contact lenses with blue light glasses so you always have great vision.
How to Avoid Blue Light Headaches
Now that you know blue light does cause headaches, it’s important to have a solution to prevent them. If you experience frequent headaches, we highly recommend investing in blue light glasses. You can wear these glasses at work, while you’re scrolling social media, and even on your morning commute. The truth is, it’s one of the best and affordable investments for your health.
At Rebel Kin, we design glasses for women who want to protect their eyes in style. Our glasses are created with both science and fashion in mind. Many of our customers report having fewer blue light headaches thanks to our glasses. Even doctors choose our glasses to protect their hard-working eyes! So, pick up a pair of our trendy blue light glasses so you can have fewer blue light headaches.