On average, we spend 25 hours each week on our electronics, staring directly into a screen with blue light. In other words, you spend an entire day with your eyes fixed on a screen without sleeping, and the blue light emitted has been proven to do serious damage to our visual systems. Most of us face minor headaches, eyestrain or exhaustion, yet, from recent studies, blue light exposure increases the risk to worse conditions like macular degeneration. For those whose family history includes macular degeneration, are at an increased risk due to large pupils that allow blue light to penetrate directly into the eye. White eye conditions from blue light are affected over a period of time, holding electronics closer to the face lead can cause symptoms to appear quicker.
Still, in our privileged age of technological achievement, our electronics are necessary to interact and thrive with others, and avoiding the negative side effects like blue light are vital. Blue light, also known as high energy visible light, is emitted by many of these electronics, and is a serious threat to eye health which was previously unknown and irrelevant in generations past. Fortunately, cutting edge technological solutions to this growing epidemic exist.
Certain lenses are being developed to filter out blue light, enhance visual comfort, and reduce symptoms like eyestrain. BluTech Lenses, for example, 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.
Through the advances brought by BluTech lenses and the reflective properties of the Recharge coating, a large percentage of otherwise very harmful blue light never reaches the eye. Staying informed with the latest in eye technologies is a key element for quality eye health.
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.