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Is Your Computer Screen Ruining Your Health?

How you can protect yourself from headaches caused by the blue light emitted from your LED monitor

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If you’re someone whose job involves sitting in front of a computer for eight hours a day and staring into its monitor, you’ve probably read an article or two β€” or perhaps seen a news report, or maybe even had a conversation β€” about the negative effect that blue light emanating from screens can have on our eyesight, and even on our overall health.

According to leading ophthalmologists, the problem is largely a result of continuous, long-term exposure to the light produced not only by computer monitors, but also from tablets, flat-screen LED TVs (such as those manufactured by Samsung, Sony, and LG), and OLED TVs with curved screens, including the very newest models from Panasonic, Samsung, and LG. A report from GigaOm’s technology research platform, meanwhile, revealed that long-term exposure to blue light after dark can lead to chronic insomnia, and even breast cancer.

“Being in the presence of light at night disrupts the body’s natural circadian rhythms by suppressing the production of [the sleep hormone known as] melatonin,” according to the report’s author. “But melatonin does far more than help us get sleepy β€” it’s also an antioxidant that appears to play a pivotal role in slowing the progression of cancer and other diseases.”

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