This is a great article on the dangers of blue light on the eyes. Dr. Gary Morgan has spoken for us at many of our educational events. – MDA
Eye care providers have been helping patients protect their eyes from ultraviolet light for decades. More recently, blue light has also been proven to cause significant eye damage, opening up an opportunity for education and targeted treatment.
In a recent poll on Healio.com/Optometry, 96 participants weighed in on the types of recommendations they are giving to patients regarding protection against blue light. Half of respondents said that they are not familiar with the topic or need more information before discussing it with patients.
In January 2014, the Vision Council released a report that focused on the effects of digital media on the eye health of Americans. It found that “63% of adults do not know that electronics emit high-energy visible or blue light,” highlighting a need for education that optometry could fulfill.
Gary L. Morgan, OD, explains the benefits of wearing blue light-filtering spectacle lenses when using electronic devices such as iPads.
“As far as damage, UV light affects the anterior segment causing skin cancers of the eyelid, pinguecula, pterygium and photokeratitis, and it contributes to cataract formation,” Gary L. Morgan, OD, told Primary Care Optometry News. “However, in developed countries, these are treatable conditions that are rarely sight-threatening. Blue light penetrates to the retina, causing photo-oxidation of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells that, over time, can result in age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in those older than 55 years.”
The National Eye Institute reported that there were more than 2 million patients with AMD in the U.S. in 2010. The institute also projected nearly 5.5 million patients with AMD by 2050….read more: http://www.healio.com/optometry/retina-vitreous/news/print/primary-care-optometry-news/%7B78b7309c-b8f0-48fb-a19d-0f3fe26ae65a%7D/need-increases-to-educate-patients-offer-protection-against-blue-light
Source: Healio – Dr. Morgan