Blue Light, also known as high energy visible light, is emitted by many handheld electronic devices, computers, & smartphones. What most of us fail to notice is that Blue Light poses a serious threat to eye health which past generations never faced or recognized. While our lives are privileged to live in an advanced age at the turn of the 21st century, where electronic devices are everywhere in our world today. Each day, we experience instantaneous interactions with the world around us, and progress has never been faster. Many positive effects have resulted from technology in our everyday lives, yet a dangerous side exists to all of this progress and convenience.
Living in such an advanced age, each of us, on average, spends roughly 25 hours every week staring at the screen of one of our electronic devices. To put this in perspective, that means that each of us spend more than one entire day, without sleeping, in front of devices that emit blue light that is proven to do serious damage to our visual system. Eyestrain, headaches and fatigue are common side effects.
Recent studies indicate that blue light exposure has the potential to increase risk of macular degeneration significantly over time. Anyone who has a family history of macular degeneration is especially at risk, as well as children. Plus, large pupils and shorter arms cause them to hold electronic devices closer to their faces, both of which allow more blue light to penetrate the eye.
Fortunately, cutting edge technological solutions to this growing epidemic exist. BluTech Lenses are special lenses specifically designed to selectively filter out blue light, enhancing visual comfort and minimizing eyestrain. These lenses boast a special state-of-the-art filtering agent within the lens material itself that duplicates elements in the eye, called ocular lens pigment and melanin, which the body naturally produces on its own, and which help filter out just the right amount of blue light entering the eye to protect against unfettered blue light penetration, while allowing proper visual contrast.
Recharge is another cutting edge option to help cut down on the harmful effects of blue light. HOYA is the advanced eye care company that produces these lenses, which reflect up to 30% of harmful blue light away from the eye
Between the filtering effect of BluTech and the reflective properties of the Recharge coating, a large percentage of otherwise very harmful blue light never reaches the eye. This is an extremely important element in the long term health of your eyes.
Patients who spend hours on electronic devices are at increased risk of eyestrain and glare, macular degeneration or problems falling asleep at night. For more information about blue light and how to protect yourself, contact your eye doctor today.