YEC Tech: BluTech Lenses
Published April 11, 2014 at 21:01, Updated September 9, 2014 at 12:14 ♦ Beth Kuchera
Yankee Eye Clinic constantly forecasts and invests in the newest technology in the eye care community. This month we introduce the newest member of our YEC Tech family: BluTech Lenses.
Imagine yourself 100 years in the past: no television, tablets, or cell phones to entertain you – just you, a friend and the rugged outdoors. This is the kind of pass-time our eyes are adapted to handling. Our eyes are not, however, adapted to modern day pass-times, including texting our friends, Instagramming selfies, and filing through the incoming distractions on Facebook. That is, our eyes aren’t adapted to the overuse of computer screens, and high-energy blue light may be the culprit to blame.
What is high-energy blue light?
High-energy blue light is a light commonly emitted from computer screens, tablets, cell phones, and even fluorescent light bulbs. It also occurs naturally from the sun. It’s characterized by a short wavelength (between 400 and 500 nanometers) and is in the high energy light spectrum, located right next to the non-visible UV light.
Why should I care about high-energy blue light?
Although this wavelength is short, its effects pack a bitter punch. Scientists have conducted controlled experiments on the effects of high-energy blue light exposure on cell cultures and animals, and have long observed the effects on humans. What they’ve found is certainly alarming, especially for those who have a family history of eye disease and complications. Their conclusions thus far include:
- At certain wavelengths, high-energy blue light causes damage to the retina
- This damage can be especially harmful to people with a history of age-related macular degeneration.
How can I protect my eyes?
Luckily for humans, our eyes aren’t completely exposed. We have a lot of built-in protective agents, including melanin. Unfortunately, some of these agents take time to develop, and the filter they build is likely never strong enough to offer full protection. In addition, we’re increasingly facing high-energy blue light in our daily lives.
There are several ways we should protect our eyes. First, we should eat a healthy, balanced diet high in antioxidants. Antioxidants provide some of the support our eyes need to fight against free-radicals, which play a large part in age-related macular degeneration. Second, we should reduce our exposure to high-energy blue light. This is where BluTech lenses come in.
BlueTech lenses provide a whole new level of protection for our eyes. The lenses are carefully and conspicuously tinted yellow, which acts as a filter and blocks a considerable amount of the harmful blue light. In addition, the lenses are infused with Melanin, the same naturally-occurring defense your eyes have against blue light.
I personally tested these lenses for about five hours. I loved them! It created an almost indescribable comfort. It was like experiencing the ease of reading a paper book, except I was looking at a computer screen. I never thought I suffered from eye strain until I tried BluTech, but I now know it is a real problem, especially at work. Also, I usually develop a headache around 3:00 due to Computer Vision Syndrome. When I tried the lenses I was headache-free all afternoon. Of course, I’ve only tried these lenses once so I can’t be certain they were the cause, but my experience is equivalent to that of many others who find headache relief with BluTech.
The tint is slightly noticeable, but with the right frames it’s not enough to deter me from purchasing a pair. I’ve been raving about these to my friends and family who spend a lot of time on the computer for work and relaxation, and they’re all pretty excited to try them out. Another employee is a big gamer, and he’s looking forward to a gaming experience without the distraction of headaches and eye strain. All in all, we’re looking forward to providing our patients with a whole new eye care experience, one that will hopefully make your life a little bit easier.
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Note: This article is not meant to treat any conditions. If you are experiencing problems with your vision, please make an appointment with your eye care provider today.