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The Dangers of Blue Light Exposure

According to the Vision Council, 80% of American adults use digital devices more than two hours per day. Nearly 67% use two or more devices at the same time. Fifty-nine percent have symptoms of digital eye strain.

Since our eyes are not good at blocking blue light, nearly all visible blue light passes through the front of the eye (cornea and lens) and reaches the retina, the cells that convert light for the brain to process into images.

There is some "preliminary" growing research that constant exposure to blue light over time could damage retinal cells and cause vision problems such as age-related macular degeneration.

WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT, AND WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? Blue light is exactly what it sounds like — light that falls in the blue range of visible spectrum (the light that we can see). It has higher energy levels than most other visible light, similar to non-visible ultraviolet (UV) rays.


SLEEP INTERFERENCE Research has shown that blue light suppresses the production of melatonin (a hormone which regulates sleep) and messes with your circadian rhythm (your natural sleep cycle).

DIGITAL EYE STRAIN Digital eye strain is pain and fatigue caused by trying to focus on screens too much.

LONG-TERM DAMAGE Our eyes are actually fairly good at blocking high-energy UV light from penetrating too deeply into the eye. However, because our eyes try to perceive blue light, that blue light gets further into the eye. This has the potential to damage our eyes' inner structures over time, particularly the sensitive retina.

EYE DISEASE Due to blue light reaching sensitive parts of the eye, there is concern that blue light can accumulate enough damage over time to cause retinal diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Although the research appears to be somewhat inconclusive on the overall impact of blue light on eye health, I still suggest that one minimize their exposure blue light and not wait for science to catch up with this pending issue

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