Too much harmful artificial light exposure can make those subjected to it sick research has found. Reducing exposure to artificial lighting and increasing access to natural light within a 24-hour cycle is the answer to healthy living. When looking to purchase lighting for the home or office, it’s important to choose a lamp that does not cause damage to a person’s vision or health.
New York, NY – Dr Lite Medical LLC launches a campaign to make people aware of the importance of choosing the right home or office lamp. This campaign has been put together to help safeguard people’s vision and eye health who use lamps at home and at work.
Billions of dollars have been spent promoting the damage that sunlight causes the eyes. However, even though doctors, health professionals and scientists have stated the importance of wearing eye protection while outdoors on sunny days, lighting manufactures are still producing office and home lamps that duplicate sunshine without using technology that can safeguard a person’s vision and health. Some manufacturers are claiming that lamps which duplicate sunshine are good for vision and eye health, a claim that is false and which cannot be backed up.
According to research, blue light (Blue light contributes to digital eye strain) accounts for just one part, or 400 to 500 nm, of visible light. Emitted by sunlight, artificial lamps, computers and mobile screens, blue light has a very short wavelength and produces a greater amount of energy. The danger is that blue light increases the amount of toxin in the macular region of the eyes. It accelerates the crystalline lens turning yellow, and finally makes it gradually whiten and evolve into cataracts.
Studies have shown that senior citizens and children under the age of 14 are the most susceptible when it comes to harm from blue light. Office workers and students who use artificial lamps may also be at risk of developing blurred vision, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, or vision loss. Other studies have found that blue wavelengths suppress delta brainwaves, which induce sleep, and boost alpha wavelengths, which create alertness. This leads to insomnia and sleep deprivation.
Unfortunately, tens of millions of people are faced with blue light on a daily basis. With more than 68% of U.S. adults owning a smartphone, and 45% own at least one tablet computer, more people than ever before are damaging their vision.
There is great deal of documented evidence and scientific research that exposure to UV and blue light can damage the retina and overall health. Compared with mobile phones, and computers, people can easily ignore the blue light hazard from artificial lighting. The truth is that people work, read and study with lighting every day and should take steps to rectify this issue.
Below are some tips from several ophthalmologists to help you choose safe lighting that will reduce your blue light intake.
Lighting should have a correlated color temperature (CCT) range of 3000K-4,800K (“warm-to-neutral white”) for eye safety and best contrast.
The color rendering index (CRI) should be at least 80 for good color perception.
Aim for a brightness range of 1000-2000 LUX at 12 inches (30 cm).
Look for a lamp with a dimmer switch to alleviate eye strain.
Choose lighting with an easily adjustable fixture to prevent glare.
Make sure the location and operation of fixture controls is easily accessible.
There should be a coverage diameter of at least 12 inches (30 cm) at distance of 12 inches (30 cm).
Look for sturdy construction for safety and durability.
Doctors and scientists at Dr Lite Medical LLC have been working on a solution for the blue light hazard. Medical grade technology filters out harmful amounts of blue light while allowing beneficial amounts through. Continued use of Dr. Lite lamps result in increased alertness, focus, and visual acuity.
The company’s products have been field tested by ophthalmologists Dr Huggett, Dr. Terry Forrest of Wayne’s Memorial Hospital at N.C., and are endorsed by MDSupport.org.
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