Harmful Effects of Fluorescent Lighting

If you’re lucky, you’re probably oblivious to the harmful effects of fluorescent lighting. For millions of people, however, this kind of light leads to big problems. But Make Great Light has a solution. We offer special covers that eliminate the risks of fluorescent lights, improving the indoor environment for those who are sensitive to this kind of lighting. Eyestrain is just one of the problems associated with fluorescent lights.


harmful-effects-of-fluorescent-lightingIf you’re like most people, you probably spend hours in front of a computer screen each day. More than likely, you’ve had to deal with tired eyes, turning your head and rubbing them because of the glare from the screen. That’s bad enough, but when you combine that with the intense glare from fluorescent lights, that just makes the problem even worse.

This issue actually has a name – Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS. This can get so bad that people have to go to an eye doctor. Millions of them do each year.

Fluorescent lights contribute to CVS, resulting in not only tired eyes, but, in some cases, also headaches. It can even trigger migraine attacks in some people. These are just some of the symptoms associated with CVS.

  • Tired eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Itchy eyes
  • Pain in the shoulders and/or neck

There are a few things you can do to avoid, or at least lessen, the effects of CVS. Here are a few to consider.

  • You could change the orientation of your computer screen, tilting it in a way that you’re looking downward. Try lowering it about four or five inches and see if that works.
  • If you’re looking at notes as you type, try to keep them between the monitor and the keyboard rather than to the side. This could reduce the chances of suffering form neck discomfort.
  • Take plenty of breaks if you’ll be on the computer for an extended period of time. Get away from the screen for 15 minutes or so after looking at your screen for two hours. Divert your eyes away from the screen for a few seconds whenever you can.

A More Permanent Solution for CVS

While the above tips can help those dealing with CVS, there’s another thing that can even be more effective – NaturaLux™ light covers from Make Great Light. These filters eliminate the glare from fluorescent lights, keeping that glare from adding to the eyestrain you’re already experiencing from your computer screen.

When you reduce your risk for CVS, you also reduce your risk for not just tired eyes, but also headaches. As a result, you’ll be more productive at work or school. Our filters remove all of the glare emitted by fluorescent lighting, filling your indoor environment with natural light that mimics the sun. You’ll begin to see the results almost immediately.

Contact Make Great Light

Make Great Light filters are inspired by the work of Kevin Kirschner, who has more than four decades of experience as an ophthalmologist. He has performed comprehensive studies of the human visual system, and has heard time and time again from patients complaining of headaches and eyestrain due to artificial lights. If you’re suffering from the same issues, get in touch with us to learn more about how we may be able to help. Call 612-399-6484 or contact us online.

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