On Monday 7 April we will be ‘turning the practice blue’ as part of a national campaign to highlight the risks of potentially harmful light.
As part of the campaign we will be offering free advice on the dangers of blue-violet light - part of the visible light we see which is present in sunlight, and emitted by computers, smartphones, tablet devices and energy-saving lightbulbs.
We will also be running a competition – available to enter in store on Monday 7 April – to fit a family of four with glasses which filter out potentially harmful light while allowing the good light through. Winners will drawn at 4.30pm on the day of the competition.
A survey to mark the campaign - called Think About Your Eyes - found that the average adult in the South East spends over 44 per cent of their waking day staring at a screen, with almost 47 per cent of people taking their first look at a smartphone, tablet device or PC at 7am or earlier.
Nigel Gemmell, principal optician at the practice said: “Most of us are unaware that blue light is subtly emitted from most modern electrical appliances such as the modern smartphones, tablets and computer screens.
“Research tells us that these types of device all send out a form of potentially harmful blue light which can disrupt sleep, affect our mood and, most importantly, damage the cells in the eyes, increasing the likelihood of future eye disease.”
Of those polled in the South East, almost 60 per cent said the amount of screen time they’re exposed to affects them – with the most common symptom emerging as eye discomfort.
Nigel added: “Although we need some ‘good’ blue light – blue-turquoise – to help regulate our biological clocks – prolonged exposure to ‘bad’ blue light – blue-violet – could potentially put us at risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.”
“We’re encouraging the public to come and talk to us to find out how they can protect their eyes for the future.”
For more information or to check you blue-light exposure risk visit www.thinkaboutyoureyes.co.uk