One of the products sold by Butterflies Eyecare (they sell EVERYTHING to do with eye care and health), which particularly caught my eye, is the OcuShield Blue Light filter for Apple devices.
Nevermind, a guilty last peek at our smartphones and tablets before we go to sleep, studies have shown that over time, reading electronic devices in the evening can severely affect our sleep quality and cause eye strain and fatigue.
Researchers are warning that the blueish light their screens emit can stop users getting a good night’s sleep. That is because this type of light mimics daylight, convincing the brain that it is still daytime. Blue light suppresses production of a brain chemical called melatonin, which helps us fall sleep. This is because our brains have evolved to be wakeful during daylight hours. The Telegraph
People who read before bed using an iPad or similar “e-reader” device felt less sleepy and took longer to fall asleep than when they read a regular printed book, researchers found. The morning after reading an e-book, people found it harder to wake up and become fully alert than after reading a regular book – even though they got the same amount of sleep. *cough* Teenagers! WebMD
OcuShield for the iPad 2/3/4/Air/Air 2 is a screen protector that protects our eyes as well as the device’s screen. WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
- 1 Screen Protector
- Lint Free Cloth
- Squeeze Card (used to push bubbles out)
All modern digital devices produce harmful Blue Light. This short wavelength light is known to cause eye strain and fatigue, as well as to increase the likelihood of eye diseases. It also suppresses the hormone melatonin, disturbing our sleep-wake cycle, and the production of the protective pigment melanin. OcuShield protects your eyes and sleep by cutting out the Blue Light transmittance, but allowing the non-harmful light through the screen to give you clear and normal images.
Read more about OcuShield on the Butterflies Eyecare blog. HOW TO APPLY
Surprisingly easy, I actually did it myself. Mark fitted a horribly expensive, ultra thin, glass screen protector on to my mobile and it now looks like the screen is covered with bubble wrap.
I would definitely recommend following the official OcuShield instruction video below, with a woman demonstrating the technique, and not the poor boy on the Butterflies website. I knew he was in trouble when he couldn’t open the packet!
There aren’t many tips to pass on, although I found the cloth easier to flatten out the bubbles than the plastic squeegee card. Just work very slowly and gently.
OcuShield for iPad 2/3/4/Air/Air 2 £19.99 Butterflies Healthcare Also available for iPhone and iPad Mini. 20% off when you buy two or more.
UPDATE: Today! This post was scheduled for 4pm, but I’ve just read an article about anti-ageing in YOU Magazine – The Mail on Sunday’s magazine supplement, and I thought I should add some of the findings.
Beauty expert Alice Hart-Davis, took part in a year-long study to see how lifestyle choices affect how skin ages and its ability rebuild its own collagen and elastin.
The findings are inconclusive, there doesn’t seem to be enough clear evidence to determine exactly what our skin needs to repair itself. However, there are certain measures that do help, and one was as simple as getting more sleep.
In the article Alice talks about how:
The blue light given off by a computer screen or iPad inhibits the release of melatonin, the hormone that signals downtime and sleep to the brain.
Six and a half hours of sleep is the accepted average, any disruption to this amount (too much is almost as bad as too little), and our skin is less able to protect and repair itself.
We can’t help but look at our devices late at night, so I’m more than pleased I’ve fitted the OcuShield blue light filter to my iPad – it all helps in the war against ageing!
Apart from more sleep, Alice found the following lifestyle choices in particular, helped her skin look its best:
- Less stress
- Less alcohol
- More vegetables
- Sunscreen every day
- Skin care high in antioxidants
I think we all knew this, but it’s reassuring to read scientific research to back it up.