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In Japan there is quite a fad about LCD blue light filtering and how they might help reduce eyestrain, etc. The web site of a major computer accessory manufacturer has an English-language press release on iPad blue light filter with a nice graph showing how blue wavelength gets reduced, and has this claim:

Blue light is a color that is also found within natural light. However, its wavelength is extremely close to ultra-violet rays, which are harmful to the eyes and body, and it also has a high amount of energy. Hence, it is said that blue light is able to pass the cornea and crystalline lens of the eye without being absorbed, and can end up reaching the retina, which can cause it to deteriorate. There also concerns that exposure to blue light for long periods of time can have a detrimental effect on the eyes.

Is there any scientific evidence to suggest that "exposure to blue light for long periods of time can have a detrimental effect", specifically at the levels emitted by a typical LCD panel?

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Whoa! If the dozen watts of blue light from a monitor hurts your eyes, imagine what the SKY must do! I'm staying inside next to my monitor where it is safe. –  Oddthinking Jan 11 '13 at 10:53
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I'm very worried by the idea that light might reach my retina and damage it. I think I should ware a blindfold so that can't happen. ;-) –  matt_black Jan 11 '13 at 17:20
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Related non-duplicate question about blue LEDs and macular degeneration –  Adam Wuerl Jan 18 '13 at 16:44
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In more Japan blue light news I present blue light eyedrops (Japanese - Google translated). –  Ken Y-N Jun 10 '13 at 1:44
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possible duplicate of Do LED lights of any colour actually damage your eyes? –  vartec Sep 9 '13 at 15:04
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I think this is a great thread to discuss about whether blue light causes damage to eyes and skins. I also have the same scruple about damage from blue light emitting from LED monitors of computer, tablets, smartphones, etc. because i am working at an internet company and have to sit in front of the computer nearly 12 hrs per day. So i am quite concerned about the negative effect of blue light. i am even considering exchanging my job here.

One day, i happen to know a survey which claimed to have a proof on how blue light does harm to eyes. The below picture shows the truth.

blue light harm to eyes

In addition, this is an explain from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-energy_visible_light). It said that HEV light whose wave length is from 400 -500 nm will bring great harm to our eyes. Just as was said, HEV light has been implicated as a cause of age-related macular degeneration.

Personally, i think long period exposure to computer, iPhone and iPad, eye strain becomes more and more serious for me. One of my workmate even has eye disease and can't help outflowing tears after a day's work.

After a lot of search, i found several tips to protect our eyes from the blue light harm. Hope i am of help.

  1. Eat for good vision, at the same time, quit smoking. Studies have shown that nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E may help ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Regularly eating these foods can help lead to good eye health:

    Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices

  2. Wear sunglasses for good vision. Use safety eyewear at Home, at Work, and While Playing Sports It is said that some specially designed sunglasses like Compute Eyewear has the ability to filter blue light. Also, some Apps like Bluelight Filter https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.ne.hardyinfinity.bluelightfilter.free is claimed to filter blue light emitting from LED screens.

    Taime Computer Eyewear http://www.halovis.com what i am wearing now,you can also have a try if needed.

  3. Look away from the computer, smartphones, Tablets, kindle, iPod,etc. every 40-50 minutes. You can download an app to remind you the time to free eyes from computer. EyeFoo is an example to make timed period to relax your eyes.

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Hi, can you elaborate how that picture proves that UV light is bad for your eyes? Also do you have a source for that? Furthermore I feel that the tips at the end of your answer really aren't part of the answer. –  drat May 21 at 8:34
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The link to Wikipedia specifically says "This has not been shown to occur in humans, only inconclusively in some rodent and primate studies." I can't find a good source for "proof", all the ones I saw say "may cause damage" or similar. –  Geobits May 21 at 16:56
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This is not "a great thread to discuss" anything. The purpose of this site is not to have a discussion. Please read Welcome to new users –  RedGrittyBrick May 21 at 19:24
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Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation and Your Eyes:
http://www.allaboutvision.com/sunglasses/spf.htm
The Effects of Blue Light on Ocular Health:
http://www.cclvi.org/contributions/effects1.htm

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the links for reference. –  Jamiec May 21 at 11:55
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