*Washington Eye Doctors is the only practice in the DC area exclusively offering Lutina.*
Protect Your Eyes with Lutina Lenses
Blue Light is making headlines nowadays, as more and more studies indicate the potential health hazards it can cause. To explain, all light is made of electromagnetic particles that emit energy constantly as they travel in waves. The length and power of light waves varies, and shorter wavelengths release greater amounts of energy. Blue light has one of the shortest wavelengths on the visible light spectrum. So, why is blue light a problem?
Where is Blue Light?
Everywhere. The sun shines down with natural blue light and modern technology produces massive quantities of artificial blue light. In a normal day, you are exposed to artificial blue light from LED lights, digital screens, fluorescent lighting, and all electronic devices. As many people regularly spend hours in front of digital tech (for example: smartphone, tablet, computer screen), our bodies and eyes are in nonstop contact with blue light.
What are the Dangers of Blue Light?
Blue wavelengths flicker, which can stress your eyes and visual system. Over time, looking at a digital screen can lead to the uncomfortable symptoms of computer vision, as well as damage your eye health.
Symptoms of Computer Vision Include:
- Dry eyes
- Headaches and Eyestrain
- Blurry vision
- Trouble with accommodation (focusing between near and far)
- Constant need to blink or rub your eyes
- Neck, back and shoulder pain
How Can Blue Light Lead to Macular Degeneration?
Healthy eyes contain melanin, which works as a natural filter against exposure to dangerous blue light. Yet, melanin doesn’t offer adequate protection against overexposure to blue light, which is a big problem in our high-tech lives. In addition, melanin decreases as you age – with half the protection gone by the time you are 65 years old. This makes your eyes much more sensitive and weakens their defenses against blue light.
Recent scientific studies demonstrate that the huge doses of blue light shining into our eyes are leading to a higher rate of macular degeneration and retinal damage. Macular degeneration is an eye disease that threatens your lasting vision quality – and according to a Harvard medical study, chronic exposure to blue light is leading to a rise in the incidence of macular degeneration.
How Do Lutina Lenses Protect Your Eyes from Blue Light?
Lutina lenses, developed by Tokai Optecs, are an effective way to protect your eyes from the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). These lenses are made from a new lens material that contains lutein, a carotenoid pigment found naturally in the macula. Lutein has important antioxidant properties and also filters blue light, and the deterioration of lutein in your eyes can lead to the development of AMD.
Lutina lenses – with lutein that filters UV rays – thereby protect the macula from damage and reduce your risk of macular degeneration. These revolutionary lenses are available in all types, including spheric and aspheric, single vision, and multifocal to meet an extensive range of vision prescriptions.
For more information about the effects of blue light and how Lutina lenses can help keep your eyes healthy, contact our eye care practice in Washington, DC.