Video Gamer’s Greatest Asset – Your Eyes
As a video gamer, your greatest asset is not quick reflex or superb hand-eye coordination, but your eyesight. No one can’t imagine playing video games without being able to see. You should make sure that you are well-protected while playing your favorite games. For every second in front of your digital display, may they be tablets, computer monitors, LED/LCD TVs, or mobile smartphones, you are exposing your eyes to both radiation and blue lights. Both elements are cumulative, meaning longer exposure causes more damages. It is extremely important to limit your time in front of screens or wear protection.
Medical Mumble Jumble – Why Should You Care As A Video Gamer?
Here’s the low-down version. UV or ultra-violet lights are classified by their wavelength and into 3 general groups, UVA, UVB, and UVC. Usually, we don’t get much of UVC because it’s blocked by earth’s ozone layer. UVB is more damaging than UVA, it can cause burns and permanently alter your DNA, i.e. cancer. UVA is more benign, it is what tanning beds use to give you a nice tan. Both classes of ultra-violet rays are cumulative, which mean exposing to UV for prolonged periods is hazardous. UV affects the front part of your eyes, which is known to cause cataracts. Here’s what Review Of Optometry stated in its report:
Just as UV light is dangerous to our skin, it’s also dangerous to our eyes. So it’s important that we protect them from UV damage. UV light affects the front of the eye (cataract formation)…
Then what about Blue Lights? As a study done by Essilor and Paris Vision Institute in 2008, they have discovered that:
The blue-violet light that was discovered as part of this study is a 40 nm band of visible light that causes the maximum retinal cell death. Over time, our eyes are exposed to various sources that emit this blue-violet light (e.g., the sun, LED lighting, CFLs). Combine that with the use of tablets, TVs, computer screens and smart phones, and there’s no doubt our exposure to blue-violet light is on the increase. This cumulative and constant exposure to the blue-violet light is going to accumulate over time and has the potential to cause damage to the retinal cells, which is going to slowly lead to retinal cell death and can in turn lead to AMD.
AMD or age-related macular degeneration, which leads to partial loss of vision, abnormality where straight lines appear wavy, blurred vision, distorted vision, inability to see in dim light, or seeing spots…
As a video gamer and especially in this day and age where everything including regular household light bulbs has been converted to LED (blue light emitting), you are facing compound exposures. If you have the common sense of wearing sunglass out in the sun, then why not protect yourself indoors as well?
Here is a quick image of the eye. UV targets the cornea and the lens whereas blue lights go all the way into your retina. People who had cataract surgeries are affected more by UV lights because of the diminished function from the front part of the eye.
Here is what Review of Optometry said:
As baby boomers age, there’s an increasing incidence of cataract and macular degeneration cases in the United States. In 2012, there were approximately 24 million cases of cataracts in people aged 40+ the United States, which is a 19% increase from 2000 numbers. For macular degeneration, two million people aged 50+ had late AMD in 2012, which is a 25% increase from 2000. By the year 2050, the cataract population is going to hit 50 million, whereas AMD tops off at around 5 million, it’s estimated.
The number of legally blind patients from macular degeneration in 2003 was 1.2 million with 200,000 new cases annually at that date. And by the year 2030, the number of legally blind is projected to be 6.3 million with 500,000 cases annually.
Video Gamers – Your Eyes Matter
As gamers, we are more exposed to blue lights than UV. Considering prolonged exposures from various devices commonly found in your home, it is extremely important to protect your eyes, as soon as possible.
Blue lights damage your eyes and are responsible for a number of discomforting conditions such as:
- Eye fatigue
- Eye strain
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
- Irregular sleep pattern
Not mentioning the silent effect of blinding you, by expediting up the process of AMD. So what are you waiting for?
Perfect Solution For Video Gamers
At GadgetStud, we carry a selection of specialized computer glasses (goggles) designed to block damaging blue lights and resist UV rays. They are both effective and stylish, not mentioning comfortable to wear. Make sure to check them out and can thank us later.
In conclusion, the choice is really up to you. But after doing my research for this article, I’ll never sit in front of my computer without putting on my computer glasses. As a matter of fact, it is so comfy wearing these glasses that sometimes I don’t even notice that they are there. So my advice? Get a pair of computer glasses today.