Turn off the blue light from your smart devices

Two iPhones next to each other demonstrating the difference between normal mode and Night Shift modeThe University of Toledo has released a study showing that continued exposure to the blue light emitted from our smart devices, including laptops, tablets and mobile phones, can damage our eyes and lead to macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the over 50s.

Separately to this study, blue light has been shown to wake us up and if you’re on your device late into the night, this could prevent you from getting a good night’s rest.

Our eyes are designed to take in light and process it on the retina. However, the blue light emitted from devices has only been around for a few decades, and our eyes are suffering the consequences.

However, there are some things that we can do to help our eyes and to protect them from the potentially harmful effects of long term exposure to blue light.

The first thing we can do is to turn off our smart devices. While this may seem obvious, time can fly by and after scrolling through our Facebook feeds and watching a couple of YouTube videos, we can realise that we’ve been staring at our screen for a couple of hours!

So why not take five minutes an hour to turn off your phone and look at other things? Go outside and take a breathe the fresh air. Why not do it now? This article will be here when you get back…

The second thing you can do is to change the colour of the screen on your devices. Depending on your device and operating system there is a simple way to do this: