Anti-Glare Screen Protectors

Computer screen protectors for the eyes

Since the innovation of computers, they have penetrated every aspect of our lives. Whether in the workplace, at home or at school, using a computer is now virtually mandatory. However, with this widespread continued use of computers, there’s a lot of concern regarding the effect on our eyesight. Prolonged use of computers leads to a set of vision-related problems, known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), digital eye strain. This is why we need a blue light filter on our PCs. In fact, by spending more than 2 hours daily on a computer, you have a 90% chance of developing CVS. It goes without saying that most of us have experienced at least some symptoms of CVS. Such symptoms include eye fatigue, headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision, neck pain, and many others.

In addition to causing CVS, computers are also notorious emitters of blue light. While blue light does have a role in the development of CVS, it’s not solely responsible. Blue light has also been implicated in a number of other health problems. Excessive blue light from the sun and screens can cause damage to your eyes and play a role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Blue light also suppresses sleep and can cause insomnia as well as disrupt your circadian rhythm. Protecting your eyes is therefore paramount whenever you are using computers. One of the ways to do this is by using computer screen protectors.

Anti-glare screen protectors

The glare coming from light-colored painted walls, shiny surfaces, and reflections on the computer screen are primary causes of eye strain. Glare results from high levels of contrast exist between the light in the foreground and background of your field vision. Your eyes have to work extra hard to adapt to the differences in contrast while looking at a computer screen. Reflections on the screen of the computer also distract your eyes and force you to exert additional effort to focus. This eventually leads to eyestrain.

If you aren’t keen on repainting your walls to a darker, less reflective color, then finding an anti-glare screen protector is your best option. They have layers of anti-reflective (AR) coatings that eliminate nearly all the light that’s reflected from the screen into your eyes. Consequently, you don’t have to worry about reflections on the screen that will strain your eyes. There are many types of anti-glare screen protectors for computers, ranging from the bulky hang off the monitor type to thin films that you stick on the computer screen. What you select depends on the monitor style and your personal preference.

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Blue light blocking computer screen protectors for the eyes

Screen protectors can also come in handy for filtering out the blue light emitted by computers. Blue light has a shorter wavelength and contains more energy than the other components of the visible light spectrum. As a result, blue light penetrates deeper into the eye and causes damage. It also has a tendency to scatter while in the eye hence interfering with our visual clarity. Due to the fact that sharp vision is needed when performing computer-based activities, this interference by blue light may lead to eye strain.

You can prevent this and other harmful effects of blue light by acquiring a blue light filtering screen protector for your computer. The amount of blue light filtered out depends on a number of factors including the tint color of the screen protector and the presence of a blue-blocking coating or other materials in the filter. The trick to the use of these blue light filters is finding a balance between the amount of blue light filtered and the color distortion caused by the filter itself. Too much visual distortion can exacerbate the eye strain instead of solving the problem.

If you are having trouble finding a blue light filter, you can check out our product here at Ocushield. The blue light filter is clear; filters out harmful blue light yet doesn’t alter the picture on your screen. That way, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Conclusion To Computer Screen Protectors For The Eyes

While using computer screen protectors to safeguard your eyes is effective, don’t simply rely on this method alone. There are blue-blocking glasses and computer software that will also block blue light from reaching your eyes. For combatting CVS and eyestrain, there is a myriad of methods that can be used together to prevent the symptoms. For instance, even after setting up your anti-glare screen protector, try to blink more often and follow the 20-20-20 rule. This rule is when you look away from your screen every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

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January 06, 2021

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