Computers, smartphones, iPads and similar electronic devices are an increasingly common sight in our world today. Many have had a positive effect on the way we live our everyday lives. However, it is important to know that there is a darker side to all of this progress and convenience. Blue light, also called high energy visible light, poses a threat to eye health which was previously unknown and irrelevant in generations past that didn't have such consistent access to electronics. The topic of blue light has become very popular among vision scientist of late, and has been written and talked about extensively over the past few years.
Dr. Daniel Quon of South Coast Optometry in Costa Mesa, California explains, “If you live in the United States in the 21st century, chances are that you spend well over 25 hours every single week staring at the screen of one of your electronic devices. That is more than the total of an entire day, without sleeping, in front of devices that emit harmful blue light. This can cause eyestrain, headaches and fatigue. Recent studies point to growing evidence that blue light exposure has the potential to increase a person's risk of macular degeneration over time. At special risk for this are those who have a history of macular degeneration in the family, and children because they have large pupils and their shorter arms cause them to hold electronic devices closer to their faces.”
BluTech Lenses – Blue Light Solution in Costa Mesa, CA
Dr. Quon and his team are at the cutting edge of technological solutions to this growing epidemic. Dr. Quon speaks to his patients often about BluTech Lenses, special lenses meant to fight the harmful side effects of increasing electronics use. These lenses selectively filter out blue light to enhance visual comfort and minimize eyestrain. These lenses have a special filtering agent within the lens material itself that actually duplicates what our bodies naturally produce on their own, ocular lens pigment and melanin, that help filter out just the right amount of blue light entering the eye. Recharge is another cutting edge option to help cut down on the harmful effects of blue light. This special lens treatment from HOYA, reflects about 30% of harmful blue light away from the eye. Between the filtering effect of BluTech and the reflective properties of the Recharge coating, the patient is spared a large percentage of otherwise very harmful blue light.
Patients who spend hours on electronic devices are at increased risk of eyestrain and glare, macular degeneration or problems falling asleep at night. Dr. Quon and his team would like all of their patients to know about the potential long term benefits of minimizing their exposure to blue light by using BluTech lenses. Please contact Dr. Quon today to speak further about this incredible new technology saving the eyes of the world from the harmful effects of blue light.