Do you remember your first computer?
Mine was a family computer and I must have been 8 or 9 when we got it. My sister and I were allowed to go on it for an hour or so daily because it was dial-up. It was in the kitchen where my mom could monitor us. Every day I would run home from school so I could go on the computer and play Neopets (did anyone else play Neopets?). Oh the early 2000s!
Flash forward to 2016, where I have a cell phone, tablet, and laptop. And there’s also my work laptop. It’s pretty crazy how attached we’ve gotten to computers and phones in the past decade. The Washington Post recently revealed that on average our generation watches some form of screen 8 hours a day and checks their phone 150 times a day! I’ve even started to feel that movies and TV shows from the 2000s seem dated because they don’t show people on their phones as much.
Recently Polette (see my sunglasses from them here) reached out for me to try out their new e-Polette glasses, which are specially designed to protect eyes by filtering blue light from LED screens. A lot of exposure to blue light disrupts our biological clock (so scrolling your instagram feed when you can’t go to sleep isn’t the best idea), and it has also been connected to damaged retinas.
My eyesight isn’t the greatest (I’m about a -4.5), so naturally I want to give my poor eyes any extra protection they can get. I normally don’t like glasses but I’ve been wearing my e-Polettes every time I use a computer, tablet, or phone at home. They filter 40% of blue light and I actually can feel a difference when I wear them. My eyes feel more relaxed, which is great because I wear contacts and sometimes my eyes get tired by the end of the day.
In the photos I’m wearing the e-rubis glasses, but they have a bigger selection of frames available starting at $19.99, which is a pretty amazing price for protecting your eyes.
Thanks for reading! Do you think we need to try harder to protect our eyes from all the screen time?
Photos by Kirill Tukayev
GLASSES: POLETTE | TOP: TOPSHOP | JEANS: H&M