Blue Light: The Health Risks

Say No to Blue Light Therapy

On our Broad Spectrum VS Full Spectrum Lights page we explain that full spectrum lighting is harmful because it emits UV rays. The same goes with blue light therapy. Blue light is part of the full spectrum lighting for depression used in light therapy, and studies have show that it can damage the retina and increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is common among people 50 and older. It generally leads to loss of vision or blindness. AMD is the deterioration or breakdown of the eye’s macula. The macula is the small area in the retina that is responsible for your central visions, allowing you to see fine details clearly.

Who is at risk for Macular Degeneration?

  • People 50 and older; it is most common in people over 65
  • If someone in your family had macular degeneration
  • Smoking increases an individual’s chances of developing macular degeneration
  • Those with high blood pressure are at a higher risk as well
A comparison showing how macular degeneration caused by blue lights can impair your vision

If you are sensitive to light because of conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and retinopathy, you should avoid blue light boxes and consult with your ophthalmologist on using light therapy.

There are certain drugs that can increase your sensitivity to sunlight or may cause skin reactions as a result of light therapy. If you’re taking any drug or supplement on a regular basis, check with your physician to make sure it won’t cause a reaction to lightbox therapy.

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