Should We Worry About LED Lighting? Studies Link It To Macular Degeneration And Blindness
In addition to aging, factors such as LED lighting can cause a risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is a degenerative disease of the central area of the retina, or macula, which causes a progressive deterioration of the cells and the pigment epithelium of the retina. As a result, a loss of central vision occurs.
Research has shown that an average person checks his/hers cell phone 150 times a day, without counting the exposure to the computer, tablet, and TV. The blue and ultraviolet lights that the screens emit affect the cells of the retina, which don’t have regeneration capacity.
Numbers show that the approximately 70 percent of the incandescent light bulbs will be changed with LED lights by 2020. Even though this change will help save energy, it might affect the human health.
According to experts, spending a lot of time under the influence of LED lighting accelerates the death of the cells in the retina, causing visual fatigue, dry eyes and increasing the risk of developing macular degeneration. In severe cases, it may even cause blindness! Scary, right?
The growing exposure to this light generates the appearance of visual pathologies in the medium term. Namely, the prevalence of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration will multiply by 2 in the following 30 years.
In their central vision, people with AMD, perceive a kind of a dark spot, which makes it difficult or impossible to perform daily activities, such as reading, cooking or sewing. What’s also worth mentioning is that AMD affects the eyes asymmetrically and, therefore, if the affected person does not cover them alternately to check, they may not be aware that they have the disease.
Reduce The Exposure To LED Lighting And UV Rays, To Prevent AMD
The biggest problem with blue and ultraviolet lights is that they’re harmful to the eyes, and that most people don’t know this fact.
Today’s technology offers solutions that filter and block the harmful blue and UV lights. Basic recommendations recommend the following steps to prevent damage to your eyes and AMD.
– When people look at a screen, the involuntary blinking is reduced, going from 18 to 2 blinks per minute. But, don’t just stare at the computer! You need to blink! This will protect your eyes!
– Protect your eyes with lenses that filter the damaging rays of the LED lighting and electronic devices. Potentially, these lenses can reduce the rate of cell death in the retina by 25 percent.
– Focus on healthy nutrition, including fruits and vegetables in your diet. Especially those that are rich in lutein, such as kiwi, red grapes, squash, and zucchini.
Did you know that some experts blame LED lighting for bleaching paint in famous masterpieces, such as those of Cézanne and Van Gogh? Imagine then what it can do to your eyes!
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