Protecting your eyes from the sun goes without question. But what about the digital devices we look at all day? From computers to television and smart phones we’re constantly looking at digital screens. And, these screens are emitting blue light that is harmful to your eyes after prolonged use.
What is blue light?
Simply put, blue light is a type of high energy light with short wavelengths that penetrate deep into the eyes. Sunlight is the main source of blue light, however it also comes from the digital devices that we've come to love.
What can we do to protect our eyes?Exposure to blue light is unavoidable, but we can reduce the harm to our eyes by:
- Using blue light filters/settings on our screens
- Sitting at arm's length from your screen
- Increasing font size to reduce strain
- Following the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
- Taking an antioxidant-rich supplement that has lutein and zeaxanthin.
Special nutrients for your eyes
The retina is rich in vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are essential in supporting dim-light vision, colour vision and visual acuity. Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoid pigments that protect the macula from damage by blue light. Alpha lipoic acid, bilberry fruit and grape seed extract work together to protect the lens and retina from free radical damage. The lens of the eye is one of the most abundant sources of glutathione in the body and alpha lipoic acid helps keep optimal levels. Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties that are important for eye health. All these nutrients work together to support visual acuity and eyesight in conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). They can also help reduce the risk of developing cataracts later in life.
Protect your eyes from the inside out
Total Vision Care is a comprehensive formula that is recognized by the Vision Institute of Canada.
This formula supports total eye health by following the recommendations of the AREDS2 (Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2) study but goes further by including alpha lipoic acid and added antioxidant protection. Your eyesight is precious. Take care of your eyes today to help see a better tomorrow.
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