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Protecting Your Eyes During Gaming Sessions

Your computer screen could be harming your eyes. This could be the reason why you're not falling asleep after a night of gaming.

If you're someone who's constantly looking at electronic screens, you've likely heard some vaguely negative buzz about blue light. In this article, we're going to explore a bit of the current research surrounding artificial blue light, and how you can look into reducing some of the potential effects of screen time.

History of the Blue LED

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The first LEDs to produce visible light were created around 1962. However, getting bright blue light out of an LED proved to be much more complicated. In 1993, a final breakthrough occurred and blue light LEDs finally hit the market. This was very important because while red and green LEDs had existed up for decades prior, it was impossible to simulate white light with LEDs without blue, the third primary color. LED light is far more efficient than incandescent light, and with people now having access to LEDs in the three primary colors, the road had been paved for energy efficient light bulbs, monitors, phone screens, TVs, etc. The world-changing potential of these LEDs was affirmed 2014 when three Japanese scientists were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on the blue LED.

Health Effects of Blue Light

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It's often true that changes in technology often bring with them unintended consequences. Blue light LEDs are no different. All these gorgeous, brilliant screens may have a cost for those that constantly use them. Harvard University researchers did a study that exposed a group of people to light from blue LEDs and another group of people to light from green LEDs. The group exposed to the blue light had their circadian rhythms shifted by nearly 3 hours, while the green light group only had theirs shifted by 1.5 hours. The blue light group also had their melatonin production suppressed for almost twice as long as well.

A study done by the University of Toronto measured melatonin levels of people in an environment with bright blue light while wearing blue-light blocking goggles, and a group in dim light wearing no goggles. The two groups of people had very similar melanin levels, suggesting that there is some benefit to reducing your eye exposure to blue light.

The US National Institutes of Health have an article summarizing current research on the effects of blue light. On the topic of blue light, the current research suggests that there may be a link between eye exposure to blue light in the 400-470nm wavelength (Blue LEDs generally output light at approximately 464nm.) and damage to photoreceptors in the eye.

Reducing the Potential Effects of Blue Light

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While all of that may sound grim, it is also very, very important to note that we shouldn't completely panic about blue light. Other factors like smoking, a lack of exercise, and a poor diet can have a much bigger negative impact on your overall eye health.

However, if you're having trouble sleeping after burning the midnight oil on quarterly reports or marathon gaming sessions, you might want to look into some easy solutions. You could invest in a screen filter that blocks out certain wavelengths of light. There are also programs for your PC or phone that will remove blue light. You can set these on a timer so that 3-4 hours before you go to bed, you won't get a dose of blue light that could potentially disrupt your sleep cycle. It's also recommended to follow the "20-20-20 Rule" where every 20 minutes of screen time, you look away at an object 20 feet in the distance for 20 seconds.

There are also special glasses you can get to reduce incoming blue light. If you're going that route, it's important to look for something that can block the blue light rays while only minimally distorting the incoming color. After all, it's not as much fun to game when the colors are all out of whack, or if you have to wear glasses that make you look like a B-list sci-fi villain. HyperX Gaming Eyewear has clear lenses that are designed to reduce the deleterious effects of harmful artificial light while only minimally altering the incoming color. HyperX Gaming Eyewear also feature thin, lightweight temples that are designed to pair well with HyperX gaming headsets so that you'll be gaming with maximum comfort, even while you're trying to protect your eyes. Treat your eyes well, and they'll treat you well!