HOYA Launches AR Treatment that Reduces Blue Light from Back-Lit Screens. Several studies as well as data from OSHA and ISO, all show there are hazards associated with the High Energy Visible (HEV) Blue Light portion of the light spectrum.
Blue light, including HEV Blue Light, is emitted from hand-held devices such as smart phones and tablets. Symptoms as diverse as sleep disorders in children and adolescents, headaches, blurred vision, and fatigue can be due to exposure to blue light radiating from hand-held digital equipment. HOYA has developed and launched RechargeTM, an anti-reflective lens treatment that reflects the harmful Blue Light away from the eyes.
“Our eyes were designed for us to use as hunters and gatherers. Now we hunt and gather on Google” stated Barney Dougher, President of HOYA Vision Care, NA. “We are not fully equipped to handle all of the demands placed on our eyes by today’s technological devices. Independent eye care professionals know the questions to ask and have access to solutions like Recharge to help their patients cope with fatigue and other symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome.”
Within the visible light spectrum there is “good blue light” and “bad blue blight.” The good blue light helps our body’s biorhythms and sleep patterns. While overexposure to the HEV, or “bad blue light,” attacks us with a wide range of annoying and chronic conditions associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Digital Eye Strain (DES). HOYA’s new Recharge anti-reflective treatment reflects the portion of blue light emitted from back-lit hand held devices that is “bad” and ensures the portion of blue light we need for optimal contrast and other health benefits is allowed to pass through. In a sign of our times, studies show many children, and people in their 20s who grew up with hand-held devices as part of their lives, are spending as much as half their day staring at a screen barely an arm’s length away. This generation is most certainly overexposed to blue light emitted from their smart phones and tablets and suffering unnecessarily from fatigue.
“We are a society seeking efficiency and convenience, however the very devices that bring those benefits have a downside, especially eye fatigue” noted Dr. Thomas Gosling, an early adaptor of Recharge, “The eye has a muscle that tenses up as it tries to focus on back-lit screens, hour after hour. When this muscle locks up tit causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. By reducing the amount of blue light that enters the eye, patients will be able to increase their comfort level and reduce eye fatigue, headaches, blurred vision and other related discomfort that can hamper the efficiency we use our smart phones and tablets for in the first place!”