VR Apps and Blue Light

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June 9, 2018
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Digital Device Usage
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Samantha Barrett

VR Apps and Blue Light

I was in the Walmart clearance aisle, as usual, ready to purchase anything that catches my eye because it’s on clearance. The aisle was rather empty that evening but, just as I was nearing the end I noticed a small box with the words “Virtual Reality Smartphone Headset”. I had seen something like this before but, it seemed a little frivolous and expensive for me. I am not a gamer, I use my phone for business purposes.

Suddenly, I recalled a scene from the movie TOYS with Robin Williams. In it, he, Robin Wright, and Joan Cusack are sitting on a couch wearing VR gear and riding a roller coaster. I forgot how much I loved that! So, I put the box in my cart. Turns out it was only $5! When I get home, I open the box and read the instructions. It was not as high-tech as I thought. All I had to do was download a VR app, adjust the head straps, and put my phone in the front slot. I went to the app store and came across VR Roller Coaster. Perfect! I get the app going, drop my phone in and place it on my head just in time for the first drop.

OOOOOOOHHHHH!!!!!!

I’ve never experienced anything like this. According to my boyfriend, I looked completely ridiculous on the couch with outstretched arms, screaming with joy. I couldn’t help it. It was so real.

Here’s the irony. I work for a company that sells blue light filtration glasses for kids to use while on digital devices. If you’re not familiar with the effects of blue light on your vision, visit our website at www.exigooptical.com for more information.

Anyway, I felt as if I could give up my job, stop showering, and ride this coaster for the rest of my life. That was when it hit me that I was literally placing a digital screen as close to my eyes as my glasses. I was doing exactly what you’re not supposed to do. I grabbed the instructions to see if there were any type of warning. This is what I found:

Does anyone really read these warnings? At this moment I became determined to make sure our message and glasses reach more parents. It’s so important to understand the negative effects of blue light on your children and take the necessary steps to prevent them from suffering. Exigo Optical Eyewear offers maximum protection in Non-Rx lenses with the highest level of blue light filtration available.  Digital devices aren’t going anywhere but, with screen-time management and Exigo Optical Eyewear, you can be certain your children are protected.

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