Our February issue features an article on the latest research on blue light’s effect on health and wellness. It also features some differing opinions from optical experts about just how harmful blue light is, and what we should be telling patients.
To help navigate the issue, we’ve compiled some links below to recent blue light studies and roundtables, AND some clickable links to places you can education, patient education videos and the like, and other resources.
Many thanks to our lens manufacturer/distributor friends, who have shared their research and resources with us.
BLUE LIGHT RESEARCH at your fingertips:
Research from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry on sleep/cognition and blue light (using BluTech lenses)
Position Paper: “Ocular Light Toxicity and the Requirement for Protection” (2016)
Position Paper: “Blue Light Hazard: New Knowledge, New Approaches to Maintaining Ocular Health” (2013)
Position Paper: “Exploring the Latest Findings and Research in Blue Light” (2016)
Below is a listing of peer-reviewed papers (thanks to our friends at Essilor of America).
Nagai H. et al. JCRS 2015. - 2
Prevention of increased abnormal fundus autofluorescence with blue light-filtering intraocular lenses.
Pipis A. et al. Eur J Ophthalmol 2015 -3
Prevention Effect of blue filter intraocular lens on the progression of geographic atrophy
Marquioni-Ramella M.-D. et al. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2015 -4
Photo-damage, Photo-protection and Age-Related-Macular-Degeneration
Krigel A., Behar-Cohen F. et al. Neuroscience 2016. - 5
Light-induced retinal damage using different light sources, protocols, and rat strains reveals LED phototoxicity.
Jaadane I., Martinsons C., Behar-Cohen F. et al. Free Radical Biol. and Med. 2015 - 6
Retinal damage induced by commercial light emitting diodes (LEDs)
Shang Y.-M., Sliney D. et al. EHP 2014. - 7
White Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) at Domestic Lighting Levels and Retinal Injury in a Rat Model.
Park S-I, Jang YP. Ophthalmic Res. 2017 - 10
The Protective Effect of Brown-, Gray-, and Blue-Tinted Lenses against Blue LED Light-Induced Cell Death in A2E-Laden Human Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells
BLUE LIGHT EDUCATION at your fingertips:
For ECPs who are looking for patient education materials or social media links to help them open discussions about blue light in the exam room, we offer this clickable list of blue light resources:
A plethora of downloadable videos and resources
Videos and other downloadable resources featuring research, graphics, and ECP strategies
Patient-focused blue light information
Patient leaflets, waiting room DVDs, YouTube video links, KODAK Total Blue lens demo kit order form, and more