How to Protect Thier Eyes for At-Home Learning

When school means hours more in front of a screen, our kids can benefit from some eye protection.
For $20 on Amazon, these are worth a try. 

Originally published by dormMD.

While virtual learning may protect you from coronavirus, it carries with it a slew of other health risks. Perhaps you have already noticed some of the symptoms associated with staring at a screen all day. In addition to the obvious eye strain, you may have also experienced headaches, fatigue and insomnia, at least some of which may be attributed to the blue light emitted by our screens. Blue light is the shortest wavelength, highest energy visible light. While the jury is still out on just how much damage it can do to eyes, some studies have revealed it messes with our circadian rhythm. Many eye doctors say it is the time spent in front of the screen that causes the eye strain, and simply to use screens less. Easier said than done in the pandemic. There is a good chance you will be staring at it for hours every day in the fall. Not only will your virtual classes require it, with all the on-campus restrictions, you’ll likely be using your phone and laptop as a source of entertainment. If you can’t play beer pong, you will probably be watching a lot more Netflix.

Anecdotally, many people who started wearing blue light glasses report a decrease in eye strain and better sleep. My teenagers started wearing them this spring, and within a few days noticed a positive difference in how tired their eyes were and how quickly they were able to fall asleep. For the price, it may be worth the investment to give them a try.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on blue light glasses, but if you are considering a pair, look for ones made by a reputable manufacturer. We got ours on Amazon, and they seem to be doing the job. If nothing else, they will make you look smarter!

Here are a few of our picks:

Mom will love this this pair in a Leopard print. They’re ultra light and have abrasion resistance. $11.99.

Above, this 2 Pack from Livho comes in black and a fun leopard print. Only $15.99 for the two pairs.

Soarea makes these Anti-Fog Glasses and they come in 8 colors. $19.99

For kids, this this 2 pack from AHXLL is bendable with a nose pad is made of silicon which make it more comfortable for long wearing.

For night time try, these amber glasses by Spectra, $34.95

Need reading glasses? Try LifeArt’s glasses with glasses with magnification. Magnification options range from +0.25 to + 6.0. $19.95.

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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.


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