HERE'S THE STORY ON BLUE LIGHT

You probably know about UV rays, but what about blue light? When you hear "blue light", you may think of electronic devices and digital screens, but that’s only part of the story.

WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT?

Light itself is composed of non-visible and visible light. UV light is an example of non-visible light that is emitted from the sun.

Visible light, on the other hand, is light our eyes see as colours – violet, indigo, red, green, yellow, orange, and blue light.

Blue light appears as a range of colours from blue-turquoise to blue-violet light.

IS BLUE LIGHT HARMFUL?

In small amounts, the blue-turquoise range of the light spectrum can actually have some beneficial effects on your overall health, helping to regulate your sleep/wake cycle1.

But Blue-violet light can be harmful to our eyes2 and can cause eye strain and fatigue. Over-exposure to harmful blue light, especially outside in the sun and through constant use of electronic devices and screens, is why protecting your vision has never been more important.

1January 2014. http://www.2020mag.com/l-and-t/45842

2In vitro photobiology experiments conducted by Essilor and Paris Vision Institute.
Primary retinal pigment epithelium cells were photosensitised with A2E, a major component of the age pigment lipofuscin. These cells were then exposed for 18 hours to 10 nm illumination bands centred from 390 to 520 nm in 10 nm increments (+ illumination band centred at 630 nm). To mimic physiological light conditions, light irradiances were moderate and normalised with respect to the natural sunlight reaching the retina. (Arnault et al., 2013 PLOs One).

WHERE IS HARMFUL BLUE LIGHT FOUND?

Harmful blue light is everywhere. It is indoors and outdoors, from both devices and from the sun (blue light emitted by the sun is why the sky appears blue). In fact, the sun emits over 100 times the intensity of harmful blue light than electronic devices and digital screens.

Outdoors, we’re exposed to high-intensity harmful blue light from the sun. (Squinting is our body’s natural defence against harsh light and bright glare.) Indoors, we’re exposed to harmful blue light from our screens, LED displays, and digital devices.

HOW CAN TRANSITIONS® LENSES HELP PROTECT AGAINST HARMFUL BLUE LIGHT?

Transitions adaptive lenses help protect against harmful blue light both indoors and out, with style to spare.

Indoors, Transitions® Signature® lenses filter 1.4 times more harmful blue light than a basic clear lens. Outdoors, they reduce exposure to the sun’s harsh glare, and filter more than 8 times more harmful blue light than clear lenses.

Indoors, Transitions® XTRActive® Lenses filter at least 2 times more harmful blue light than clear lenses, and 8 times more harmful blue light outdoors. And Transitions® Vantage® Lenses filter at least 2 times more harmful blue light indoors than clear lenses, and over 6 times outdoors.

You’ll enjoy the beauty of light knowing Transitions lenses help protect your eyes – anywhere you go.

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