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15th Annual Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology (COPHy 2024)

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Jan 2, 2024

Eye health nutrients: Which ingredients help with dry eye and blue light?

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Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG)
A look at lutein, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, capsanthin, and palmitoleic acid.

Eye health supplements are a category of significant interest. According to market research1, the global eye health supplements market stood at $1.9 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach $3.5 billion by 2033, with a CAGR of 6.2% over the forecast period. Specific areas of concern in the category include blue light exposure and dry eye.

Blue Light Exposure

Blue light from digital devices and outdoor light can be harmful to the eyes.2 Nearly one-third of adults spend more than half their waking hours (9+ hr) using a digital device.3 Headache, eye fatigue, and other indications of eye strain are associated with the daily use of video display terminals on computers and other electronic devices and are common with 3 hours/day or more of exposure.4,5 Likewise, more than 70% of American adults report6 their children receive more than two hours of screen time per day, resulting in the following: headaches (8.8%); neck/shoulder pain (5%); eye strain, dry or irritated eyes (9.1%); reduced attention span (15.2%); poor behavior (13.3%); and irritability (13.5%).

Dry Eye

Normally, glands above the eyes make tears that keep eyes wet. Dry eye happens when tears don’t do their job. This could mean that glands don’t make enough tears to keep eyes wet, tears dry up too fast, or tears just don’t work well enough to keep eyes wet……..

Read more: Eye health nutrients: Which ingredients help with dry eye and blue light? (nutritionaloutlook.com)

Source: Nutritionaloutlook.com

 

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