Everything You Need to Know About Blue Light (and Blue Light-Filtering Glasses)

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If you’re anything like us, you’re probably still spending tons of time in front of screens due to ongoing social distancing restrictions, and your new habits may stick, even after the restrictions are lifted. Phones, TV screens, computers — you name it — these gadgets help us get work done and provide great ways to spend our time while we’re social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they also expose us to a lot more blue light.

For beach-goers, experts always recommend a healthy coating of sunscreen to protect the skin from those pesky ultraviolet (UV) rays, but sunlight contains more than just damaging UV light. In fact, it’s made up of red, green, yellow, blue and orange light rays, which combine to create "white light" (a.k.a. sunlight). If you haven’t sat through a high school science class in a while, no worries. We’ll break down the important stuff about blue light — without getting too scientific.