There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about blue light; its potential to harm our eyes and even cause eventual blindness. For those unfamiliar with the conversation, blue light emits high energy in short wavelengths (between 400 and 450nm), reaching deeper into the eye than yellow light. We’re exposed to it through technology; smartphones, tablets and computer screens, for example. And while some recent studies suggest this exposure will have detrimental effects on our eyesight, Antonio Uceda-Montanes, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Optilase Eye Clinic, says that at this stage, it’s too early to tell what that damage might look like.
“We’ve only been using mobile phones and tablets for the last 10 years”, Antonio begins. “This kind of damage is not going to happen overnight. Maybe in 20 years we’ll start seeing patients – young patients I’m afraid – who’ve been using phones and computers, with some damage that we’ve never seen before. For now, it’s yet to be seen in clinical practise.”
Why does Antonio specifically cite young people? “They have very clear lenses”, he explains. “Think of the typical image of a teenager lying in bed, lights off, looking at their phone or tablet. This is the most dangerous situation, because the pupils dilate and become large, allowing the maximum blue light in. They have no defence against that. So yes, I’ve a strong suspicion that this could do damage in the future. I’m convinced that we’ll see young people with macular lesions due to a chronic exposure to blue light.”
Antonio says that the common symptoms many people attribute to blue light – headaches, dry eyes, fatigue – are likely caused by their everyday working environment. “Most people work in offices with artificial light, air conditioning, and computers,” he says. “All of that creates an unfriendly environment for the ocular surface.” According to Antonio, it’s actually the things we do without thinking in the office that put excess strain our eyes. “People looking at computers all day tend to blink less”, he explains, “so dry eye becomes an issue. Reading documents without the proper prescription, or working at the wrong distance from your screen will cause grittiness in the eyes, and headaches. It’s the main complaint in optometry and ophthalmology clinics.”
Luckily, there are ways to protect your eyes. “First of all,” says Antonio, “get your eyesight tested regularly. Then, remember to take breaks from screens, and avoid reading continuously.” Given the hot summer we’ve just experienced, lots of offices have likely had the air con on at full blast, while heating’s probably just around the corner! “Both these things will cause dryness”, says Antonio, “so you need to use some sort of lubrication.” Remember also to consider your office’s lighting, as it may be another culprit. “Lights, either too bright or too dim, could be a problem, as you may have to squint to see. All of these factors need to be taken into consideration.”
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Absolutely amazing from the consultation with Aisling in at Athlone to everyone in Ely Place and my surgeon Tom!! Delighted to have my 20/20 free and to be glasses and contacts free!!! Thank you all so much again!!!
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Very happy so far, was a thoroughly professional experience from the consultation to the surgery to post op checks. Was slightly delayed on day of surgery but all worth it in the end. Would definitely recommend to anyone choosing to go down the laser eye surgery route.
I had laser eye surgery one week ago. It was by far the best decision I’ve ever made. I was extremely nervous about getting the procedure done, so I did get a second opinion on it. The service optilase offers was by far superior than anything else offered by other places. They were always happy to answer questions, and even got my optometrist, Michaela, to call me back to answer questions I had. On the day of surgery, I was in and out within an hour - super quick and efficient. The surgeon was very reassuring as were the whole team. By that evening there was a noticeable improvement in my vision, and by the next morning I had better than 20/20 vision. The precision of my vision now is indescribable: everything is so much clearer and life is just better! By far the best decision I’ve ever made. Thank you Michaela & Team Optilase for all of your help. I would highly recommend to anyone.
The staff were so friendly and helpful and made the whole process very easy. I got emails and phonecalls with all the information I needed and more from when I booked my first consultation until after the surgery. I had LASIK, which was quick and comfortable. My surgeon was kind and thorough and he took the time to chat before and after the procedure. It was all just generally easier and more pleasant than I expected and I’m so glad to have had LASIK here
Absolutely delighted with result, the staff were very friendly and accommodating. They keep you very calm before and after procedure
Best decision I’ve ever made! The clinic in Ely place was incredible- from start to finish you are so well looked after and all the staff are so incredibly nice! Anyone wondering whether they should do it , go for it!! I can’t believe I waited so long!!
The support from the stuff is incredible. They are always willing to help and answer any questions you may have, both pre and post procedure. I had the PRK procedure and although I am only just at the 2 week mark I can say that my recovery will take longer than I expected so that was slightly disappointing. Though I am aware recovery times differ, I was surprised because I was consistently told 2 weeks recovery time.
Amazing staff, couldn’t recommend enough.
Had a brilliant experience at Optilase, 2 weeks from my consultation I was in to get my LASIK surgery after being told I was not eligible in other clinics. The staff were so friendly and reassuring I really felt in safe hands.