The Dangers of Blue Light

Computer Screens, Electronic Screens, Compact-Fluorescent Bulbs

“We’re in a new visual era – and it may be bad for our eyes,” says Dr. Thomas Gosling O.D. “If you place the spectrometer on a smartphone, you can see that the only light that’s coming off this phone is high-energy blue light.”
But, what does this mean?
The kind of light our devices give off, which are high-energy short wavelength blue and violet lights, can affect the age of your eyes, or even worse age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which can ultimately lead to blindness. Exposure to blue lights releases chemicals that can cause oxidative stress, which can lead to retina dysfunction such as AMD.

How can you help yourself?

20/20/20
Take time between technology to help reduce eye strain. We encourage you to take a 20 second break every 20 m minutes, while looking at something 20 feet away.
Food Intake
Consume foods full of Vitamin C, E, Beta Caratene and minerals zinc and copper. Foods to consider are spinach, almonds, bell peppers, tomatoes and much more!
Supplements
Consult with Dr. Ellison and his staff before taking any additional supplements. They will be able to help advise on which supplements will be best for you.
Sleep
Did you know that looking at your screen in the night can disrupt your sleeping cycle and can contribute to eye strain/damage? Take time to turn off your devices at least one hour before going to bed, not only will your eyes thank you but you will thank you too when you find yourself sleeping better at night!

These tips have been brought to you by: American Optometric Association