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Is Your Smart Phone Making You BLIND?

It’s like something out of a science-fiction movie. 

Technology is slowly taking over our lives. 

And if you have a grandkid hooked on video games, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. 

But it’s not just the youngsters… 

Lots of people of all ages are spending hours a day on smart phones, computers, and tablets. 

And it could be putting you on a path to a serious eye condition that could end in TOTAL BLINDNESS.

Here’s how to keep yourself and the people you love safe – while you still can. 

Nearly 90 percent of American adults are exposing themselves to more than two hours of blue light a day.

Blue light is the glow that comes from digital devices – from smartphones and iPads to laptops, televisions, and more. 

It’s made up of shorter wavelengths and higher amounts of energy.

And it can be very dangerous.

You see, blue light causes eye issues, ranging from retinal damage to macular degeneration – especially in seniors.

But because blue light exposure is such a recent phenomenon, it’s taken until now to see the risks unfold.

Studies have shown that too much exposure to blue light damages retinal cells, causing changes that resemble macular degeneration – even in teens and young adults.

For seniors who may already be experiencing eye problems, this is a serious risk. 

But that’s not all…

Blue light also suppresses your melatonin production– aka the “sleep hormone”.

And melatonin does more than promote sleep. It is also a potent cancer-fighting antioxidant. 

Blue light not only disrupts your sleep patterns, but can also impede your body’s natural ability to fight cancer.

So, what can you do to prevent excessive blue light exposure?

Actually, there are a few options:

  • Filter blue light with special eyeglasses that prevent substantial amounts of blue light from reaching your eyes. These are available online from a number of companies: Eyesafe, iLLumiShield, RetinaShield, Cyxus, etc.
  • Use specialized screen protectors from LowBlueLights and other companies. 
  • Some smartphones now offer blue light filter settings on phones and tablets which are especially valuable at night. 
  • Follow the 20/20/20 rule – for every 20 minutes using a device, look away for 20 seconds and focus on something 20 feet away.

And you can help protect your eyes from macular degeneration and retinal damage by eating a diet high in antioxidant carotenoids like carrots and squash.

Cherries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. are also valuable as they are rich in the beneficial plant pigments known as anthocyanins. 

Finally, leafy green vegetables are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful antioxidants endorsed by The American Optometric Association for reducing the risk of chronic eye diseases.

Fighting For Your Health,

Susan White
Executive Director, Alliance For Advanced Health