Many Americans take their vision for granted until time catches up and they begin to lose their good eyesight with or without glasses and contacts. A majority of men and women will develop presbyopia (near vision loss) after the age of 40, and many will experience cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. These eye diseases are leading causes of blindness worldwide, and blue light exposure from digital screens could also increase your chances of some degenerative eye conditions.
The best way to save your vision is through regular, comprehensive eye exams with our Loveland eye doctors.
March is Save Your Vision Month
The world of ophthalmology and optometry follows many observances throughout the year, and March has been dedicated to preserving your vision. This year, the American Optometric Association has put a heavy focus on vision damage from blue light emitted from digital technology. Blue light is found everywhere, as the sun’s rays involve the entire spectrum of light including green, orange, yellow, red and blue. However, blue light is also found in fluorescent and LED lights, in your smartphone, tablet and other digital devices.
The average American uses a digital screen for approximately seven hours, and ocular professionals are growing more and more concerned about the long-term damage of blue light. Studies have suggested a possible link between blue light and an increased risk of macular degeneration because retinal cell damage from large amounts of blue light exposure mimics the damage caused by macular degeneration.
You see, your eye doesn’t know how to block out blue light as it naturally does with other light rays, meaning your retina is subjected to blue light energy. Blue light is responsible for a significant amount of eyestrain, but wearing blue-light resistant eyeglasses (yellow tinted) could help protect your eyes while you use a computer, tablet or smartphone.
Schedule your eye exam with one of our eye doctors in Loveland today at970-669-1107. Kirk Eye Center serves patients throughout Northern Colorado including Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor.