Seeing The Light: Health Benefits Of Colored Lenses


Being told you're wearing rose-colored glasses is often considered an insult, implying that you're being naive. But literally wearing rose-colored glasses could bring about many health benefits for you. And it's not just rose; researchers are finding that infusing lenses with different colors in order to block out or emphasize different light wavelengths may help alleviate more than a few issues. If you're in the market for new glasses, you might want to spring for a few extra pairs and change the lens colors in each. But talk to your optometrist first; the last thing you want to do is unintentionally aggravate different health issues.

Manipulating the Light You See

Light wavelengths do more than just make everything easier to see. They influence sleep patterns, melatonin production, mood, and even skin health. They may be able to reduce migraines or headaches brought about by visual patterns. By infusing lenses in glasses with certain colors, you can create a way to get these health-enhancing conditions for hours at a time without forcing anyone around you to deal with the light.

But you must be sure you have the right shade on those shades. For example, yellowish or orange lenses can help cut out blue light, which has been blamed for messing with sleep cycles and potentially harming people's health. Yet blue can help alleviate visual stress from Meares-Irlen syndrome, a phenomenon in which computer screens and other screens give the viewer headaches, eye pain, and other uncomfortable symptoms. So wearing glasses that block blue light might not be the best idea for someone who needs to treat that syndrome.

Getting Your Glasses and Treatment Plans

Start with a consultation with your optometrist and get your eyes thoroughly checked out. See if there are any hidden conditions that could be affecting your sight. Then talk to the doctor about what types of colored lenses might be beneficial for you. Sometimes it's as simple as giving the lenses on your computer glasses a slight yellowish tint. Other times, you might need a pair of blue glasses to wear as much as possible. If you work outside a lot, you might need greenish lenses to cut down on glare on sunny days. 

Getting and wearing the glasses is just part of the battle; if you have to use colored lenses for health purposes, you'll need to see your optometrist regularly. Your sight and any health conditions should be monitored so that you can tweak the lens colors and the times you wear the glasses as your health or work circumstances dictate. Contact your optometrist now to see what colored lenses can do for you.


24 July 2015

Going To The Eye Doctor

Do you remember the last time you thought about the quality of your vision? Although it can be easy to write off vision problems as a simple frustration, taking the time to visit your eye doctor might help you to take care of important aspects of your day to day life. In addition to making your vision more comfortable with the right pair of frames or the right contact lenses, going to the eye doctor might also help you to keep up with your overall eye care. If you have an undetected disease or illness, your eye doctor might mention it before it affects your health. Read this blog for more information.