If you use computers, smart phones, tablets, or flat screen televisions for any significant amount of time each day, you are at risk from the harmful effects of blue light that these devices give off. Fluorescent light bulbs and LED bulbs also emit harmful blue light.
Blue light increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)which increases the chance of significant vision loss.
The negative effects of blue light emission are damaging not only to your vision, but also to your overall health. Harmful effects of prolonged use and exposure to blue light include:
- Computer Vision Syndrome (eyestrain, headaches, blurry or fluctuating vision, fatigue, loss of productivity)
- Disruption of sleep: blue light boosts attention during the day, but cumulative exposure sends a message to the brain to decrease melatonin production which disrupts our circadian rhythm which interferes with sleep.
- Photo-oxidative damage to the retina in the back of the eye increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration which can lead to significant visual loss
Everyone is at risk for AMD with exposure to blue light, age, and cumulative sun damage (especially in sunny climates like Los Angeles). Obesity and hypertension also increase the risk for AMD.
Thankfully, you can now protect yourself with DuraVision BlueProtect by ZEISS: a special coating specifically designed to protect the eyes from the harmful effects of blue light emission. Other benefits of this protective filter include: superior anti-reflective properties compared to conventional anti-reflective coatings, and are easier to keep clean than other AR coatings. We can even make computer glasses with the protective filters even if you do not need a prescription, or already wear contact lenses.
If you have family members with AMD, your risk is increased significantly. We also offer DNA and allergy testing for macular degeneration and other health and allergy problems at our office.
Please call us if you have any questions, and to schedule your annual eye exam or appointment to have glasses made to protect you from blue light emission.