Episode 34 - Digital Eye Strain and Blue Light Glasses


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I imagine I'm not the only one whose parents told them not to sit so close to the TV because, “it will rot your brain," or some semblance of that statement. Looking back, though, where would they even get that information from? TV technology changed so rapidly throughout the 80s, 90s, and 2000's I don't see how any scientific evidence could even have existed; let alone long term studies on development. Years later I’ve come to recognize the idea that not everything we tend to believe is backed up by science. So what about this one? Are screens bad? Do they rot your brain or hurt your eyes? More importantly can the all powerful BLUE LIGHT GLASSES! actually help? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss how damaging this technology can be and the legitimacy of blue light blocking glasses.


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