Is dark mode good for your eyes?

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Every app or website is announcing support for dark mode, a color scheme using light text on a dark background designed to help your eyes relax in low light conditions. But, is it better for your eyes?

You should be conscious about lightning from your surroundings and brightness when using your laptop or smartphone at night. Reading on a bright screen in a dark room puts more strain in your eyes. Furthermore, screens flicker very fast, creating glare that stresses your eyes more, causing digital eye strain. Common symptoms include eye fatigue, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain.

The dark mode is best for low-light environments since it helps to adjust the contrast between the screen and your surroundings. For some people, especially for those sensitive to light, using dark mode may work pretty well to reduce eye fatigue and glare from screens. But, for others, it can make it more challenging to read the text in dimmed environments.

But Blue Light from screens not only cause eye strain but also affects our sleep/wake cycle. This high-intensity light affects our circadian rhythm, the body's master clock, that helps to determine our sleep patterns; it controls the production of melatonin. If you use digital devices frequently, you may have a reduction in your melatonin secretion, hence reducing your sleep quality.

Dark mode decreases a little amount of blue light emitted by your display, helping to reduce its adverse effects. However, if you use a LED monitor, dark mode is not enough since the backlight still emits blue light.

We recommend you try out our clear lenses that filter blue light from screens, protecting your eyes from these harmful high-energy rays.