Should Your Kid Wear Blue Light Blocking Glasses?
The Short Answer: Yes!
The longer answer is that it’s no secret children are spending more and more time on digital devices and are starting to use those devices sometimes before they are 2 years old. But what may be a secret to parents is that exposure to blue light is deleterious to their children’s health.
Why is that? Well, exposure to blue light interrupts our the natural circadian rhythm, which is responsible for maintaining a proper sleep cycle. A poor sleep cycle is often responsible for sleepiness at school, general grogginess, irritability that can lead to behavioral problems, and significant health issues.
In fact, University of Glasgow conducted a major study that followed 5,000 children over a two year period. As a result researchers discovered the amount of time these children spent in front of a TV screen (which also a significant source of blue light) was linked to an increase in blood pressure. After analyzing the data, they concluded that more than 1 in 10 children that spent more than 2 hours in front of a TV screen developed high blood pressure. And, as we know, high blood pressure is a major contributor to cardiovascular diseases later in life.
Blue light blocking glasses are extremely effective at protecting your child from increased digital blue light exposure at home, school, and in a remote learning environment. California chiropractor Dr. Brooke Sheehan is also the mom of a 4th grader who started wearing blocking glasses 3 years ago. “She is able to fall asleep faster, stays asleep, and wakes rested without redness under her eyes.” Dr. Sheehan highly recommends blue light blocking glasses for children and many parents have told her they’ve seen some benefits after getting a pair of blue light blocking glasses for their kids. So now, with back to school shifting into high gear, it’s the perfect time to get your kids a pair of blue light blocker glasses.
Getting your kids to wear blue light blocker may be easier than you think. Chances are you will find a frame style and a fun color that your child will want to wear - especially if there’s a cool factor involved. However it’s important that their blue light blocking glasses are comfortable for them to wear. And, with back to school shifting into high gear, now is the perfect time to get your kids a pair of blue light blocker glasses.
Whether you prefer the short answer or the long answer, the end result is the same: Blue light blocker glasses are definitely something your children should wear. They will thank you for many years come.