The Ageing Effects of Blue-Violet Light
‘We all know about the dangers of UV light that can have negative effects your skin and can result in accelerating eye-ageing as well as the development of cataracts that result in cloudy vision, glare, the gradual loss of colour and vision, but much less is known about blue-violet light threat that has been recently found to be harmful to and cause damage to the retinal cells at back of your eyes’, said Mohammed Bhojani Principal Optometrists and Practice Director.
‘Blue-violet light has been found to accelerate the onset of age-related macular degeneration – the leading causes of blindness in the western world. The cells in the retina once damaged never regenerate, which is why regular and thorough eye exams and investigations of your retina are so crucial’ he added.
Symptoms Of Age Related Macular Degeneration
The symptoms of Age Related Macular Degeneration include fuzzy, distorted central vision, difficulty when reading. Straight lines may also appear curved or wavy in more severe cases.
‘The latest lens innovation by Essilor - one of the leaders in optical lens technology selectively filters out harmful blue-violet light. Clinical research & trials conducted by the Vision Institute in Paris found the Crizal Prevencia lenses reduced retinal cell death by 25%.’ said Mohammed.
We now would recommend this lens to all our patients, young and old as the majority of blue-violet light is absorbed in the eye below the age of 20, as children tend to spent more time outdoors and on screens, tablets and smartphones too: Apart from the blue-violet light threat, this clear lens also protects your eyes against harmful UV light – it gives 25X more protection than someone without a lens and gives the same protection as the best sunglass lens for UV (although it is clear).
These Crizal Prevencia lenses also have other impressive features. They reduce glare and reflections when night driving or working on computers or lap tops, they are resistant to scratching and come with a 2 year anti-scratch guarantee, they are also smudge, dust and water resistant too’, said Mohammed
The Light Scan technology used to manufacture these lenses makes it most effective clear lens that blocks both harmful UV light and Blue-Violet Light too transmitted by LED lamps and all modern digital devices (LED screens, tablets or from your smart phone etc) but still lets through the ‘good light’ that enhances your mood and maintains your sleep cycle etc. The lens therefore is clinically proven to protect and maintain your eye health and reduce premature aging of your eyes too.
Can Macular Degeneration be Treated?
Currently there is no ‘cure’ for AMD, but age, genetics, smoking, diet and lifetsyle are all factors. There are now successful treatments for Wet AMD if the condition is picked up early enough and appropriate action taken.
We recommend regular eye examinations including Zeiss OCT scans that let us look below the surf ace of your retina and detect earliest microscopic macular changes, an Optomap ultra-wide scan that allows us to look at more than double the area of the retina will be seen in eye tests carried out by most High Street optician chains or supermarkets. We would also recommend Crizal Prevencia lenses and Macushield multivitamin capsules where necessary as a simple package of measures to maintain & protect your eye health for your entire lifetime. All these products and services are available at Visual Answers.
Due to demand, Visual Answers have now have introduced Eye Club Membership -an affordable and flexible way to enjoy the highest levels of eye care including eye tests, (the most advanced eye scans that costs several hundred pounds in private hospitals) for less than 50p per day at your eye test appoointment and thereafter also receiving a permanent 25% discount off Crizal Prevencia and other lenses lenses, all fames, accessories (including Macushield Capsules too) as well as enjoying other special benefits and privileges exclusively to Eye Club members.
Call Visual Answers Optometrists on Quorn (01509) 414151 or Barrow (01509) 416800 for more information or to book your Advanced Diagnostic Eye exam appointment.
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