Is This the #1 Vision Killer?

Written by Alex Reid
Posted February 28, 2019 at 7:00PM

Dear Reader, 

For ages, parents have been telling their kids that staring at the TV will cause them to go blind.

Although this may have been an exaggeration back in the days of tube televisions, there may be shocking truth to that warning today.

See, in 2016, a research group studied the effects of blue light on our eyes.1

As it turns out, blue light triggers a chain reaction within the retina that ends with photoreceptor cell death.

These photoreceptor cells are essential for eyesight.

Worst of all, when photoreceptor cells die off, they cannot be regenerated in the eye — when they’re gone, they're gone for good.

This means permanent, long-term damage to our retinas!

So you may be thinking, who installs blue light bulbs in their home?

Get this:

Blue light can be everywhere in our homes in the form of LED light bulbs.

LEDs are rich in blue light and yet have no near-infrared frequencies to balance out the blue frequencies.

That means we are subjecting ourselves to these harmful blue light frequencies daily!

We’re not just talking about energy-saving light bulbs. We’re talking about smartphones, tablets, televisions, computers — anything with an LED screen.

Not only are we drowning our eyes with blue light, but we’re also depriving them of the healthy near-infrared light they need to prime retina cells for regeneration and repair.

But the damage doesn’t end there. If you didn’t know already, blue light wreaks havoc on the quality of your sleep and can even cause insomnia.

This is because exposing yourself to blue light in the evening reduces the amount of melatonin that’s produced in your pineal gland.

But your retinas also have the capacity to produce melatonin. And the melatonin produced in your retinas is essential for the regeneration of your retinas during the night.

With less regeneration, you get degeneration — also known as macular degeneration, which is the number one cause of blindness in older adults.

But that’s not all.

There are also some more indirect effects of too much screen time.

On average, the more time we spend in front of our screens, the less time we spend outside in natural sunlight.

This lack of sunlight is directly linked to the climb in nearsightedness (myopia). That’s because sunlight causes a release of healthy dopamine in the retina, which reduces the likelihood of your eyesight worsening.2

Studies also found that being deprived of sunlight can even lead to insulin resistance — which also contributes to the risk of developing myopia.3

The question is, how can you reduce your exposure to these harmful blue lights?

First, replace blue LEDs with filtered LEDs or incandescent bulbs in areas of your home where you’ll be exposed to light most often. Although LEDs are energy efficient, they aren’t worth the potential health risks. Especially avoid blue lights in your bedroom and reading area.

Second, set your devices up to use a blue light filter in the evening. You can find this in your smartphone or tablet’s settings under labels such as warm mode, blue light filter, evening mode, night light, eye care, night mode, or a similar term.

Third, get plenty of sunlight during the day. Not only is this great for your eyes, but you’ll also get vitamin D, feel happier, and sleep easier.

And finally, don’t stare at the big screen for too long. Parents may be on to something there after all.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Clear Health Now


1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4734149/
2 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/519276a
3 http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side

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