Screen Smarts: Unlocking Screen Time That’s Easy on the Eyes

Teachers everywhere are embracing interactive displays these days, but using displays means more blue light and that worries doctors, even if not all blue light is bad. Can choosing the right displays protect student and teacher eye health, though? The answer is yes, and it lies in a special kind of screen. What is it? Let’s take a look!

Protecting Your Eyes With Eyesafe

Classroom lighting can have an effect on the learning. Many devices used in schools don’t have blue light protection built into the hardware, so students and teachers are exposed to a constant source of blue light. To prevent this problem, display manufacturers have been known to use software solutions. The most commonly used one is a blue light filter, which is basically a setting that attempts to cancel out blue light by making the screen’s colors warmer. This can effectively reduce blue light, but it’s distracting because it turns the screen yellow.

A blue light filter (left) can cancel out blue light but it’ll affect the screen’s colors. An Eyesafe Certified screen (right) eliminates blue light at the hardware level while maintaining color accuracy.

In contrast, Eyesafe Certified screens use something called blue light mitigation hardware. What that does is eliminate the need for blue light filters, and it won’t change the screen’s color at all. This means that you can enjoy vibrant, lifelike color accuracy on the boards without sacrificing your eye health!

What Exactly Is EyeSafe?

Eyesafe is the worldwide leader in blue light management technology. What they do is verify that interactive displays have undergone thorough testing to pass the latest blue light emission and color performance criteria set by Eyesafe and TÜV Rheinland, the globally renowned third-party testing service provider.

The latest certificate issued by Eyesafe is called Eyesafe Display Requirements 2.0. This certification is considered the industry benchmark for low blue light emissions and ensures that the displays meet the highest standards for protection against high-energy blue light, which can cause eye strain, fatigue, and even sleep problems. Yikes! The very first smart boards to nab this certification are the new BenQ Board Pro RP04 and BenQ Board Master RM04.

What Makes Eyesafe Certification 2.0 so Special?

Eyesafe Certification 2.0 introduced something called the Radiance Protection Factor RPF®, a new rating system that helps users make informed choices about which digital devices best protect their eye health.

Just like how the Sun Protection Factor, or SPF, on your sunscreen measures protection for skin, RPF measures blue light emissions. Displays get an RPF rating between 1 and 100; a higher RPF means better blue light reduction and lower eye strain risk. So, the higher the RPF, the better. Speaking of which, the BenQ Pro RP04 is the only smart board with a high RPF50 rating, while the BenQ Board Master RM04 has a rating of RPF35.

The board’s Eyesafe certified 2.0 screen is the latest in a string of features that BenQ designed specifically to protect student and teacher health while still offering powerful teaching tools for awesome lessons.

Making the Right Choice for Your Eye Health

That might have looked a bit technical, but basically, when choosing interactive displays it’s important to look for Eyesafe certification. After all, nobody wants eye fatigue from teaching and learning. Together, Eyesafe and BenQ aim to make classrooms eye-safe so you can teach without worry!

To learn more about BenQ, and get in touch with one of their experts, you can visit their website here.

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