Blinded by The Artificial Light Part Deux: New Research Determines Blue Light from Screens Can Lead to Macular Degeneration and Blindness

By B.N. Frank

Jeepers Creepers.  It was just last month when I wrote an article about how Blue Light from digital screens, flat screen TVs, Fluorescent (CFL) and LED light bulbs is causing a multitude of biological and environmental problems including poor eye health.

Now research has proven that exposure to Blue Light causes blindness.  Here are excerpts from 4 articles about this:

  1. New Research Shows Blue Light from Electronics leading to Blindness

A dark room at the University of Toledo is where researchers have found blue light, specifically, leads to macular degeneration.

“Macular Degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States and all around the world,” said assistant professor in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ajith Karunarathne.

That’s right.

According to this new research, blue light can makes us blind.

  1. Eye Damage Risk from Cell Phones, Laptop Screens Revealed.

“It’s toxic,” Kasun Ratnayake, a PhD student researcher working in Karunarathne’s cellular photo chemistry group, said in a statement. This is particularly troubling because photoreceptor cells do not regenerate in the eye. “

“When they’re dead, they’re dead for good,” Ratnayake said.

  1. Chemists discover how blue light from digital devices speeds blindness

“No activity is sparked with green, yellow or red light,” Karunarathne said. “The retinal-generated toxicity by blue light is universal. It can kill any cell type.” 

  1. Blue Light from Cellphones May Be Reducing Your Vision

Damage caused to photoreceptor cells can increase the risk of macular degeneration. It may lead to blurring and reduction of vision in the center of our visual field. This is often referred to as blind spots. Even without the additional damage done by smartphones and other devices, there are already over 11 million Americans suffering from the ocular condition.

Holy Blinding-Me-With-Science Batman!

Of course, the sun also generates blue light.  But most people don’t look directly at the sun for any prolonged amount of time if ever at all.

Unfortunately most public schools require students to use digital screens several hours a day.  “High-tech schools” have been controversial in many ways other than requiring students spend so much time on screens in the classroom and at night to complete homework.

Protective eyewear and screens are being produced and sold to accommodate the excessive use of screens.  Of course, none of this will protect from exposure to the radiation and Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) emitted from these devices.

Several documentaries have already been produced about harm from excessive screen use as well as radiation exposure from technology.  Much of the focus is on how badly is affecting children.

Some countries have already been trying to raise awareness about health issues from all of this – even creating legislation to protect children.  For example, since 2009, France has been proactive about protecting kids from cell phone radiation.  Last week they passed legislation to ban student Smart Phone use in schools.

Regardless, in the U.S., there seems to be no end and no shame in marketing screens and devices to everyone including children even though no “safe” level of cell phone or wireless WiFi radiation has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.  Even Sesame Street encourages kids to use tech.

In the meantime, cell phone manufactures are warning shareholders that they may eventually be found liable for harm caused by their products.  Insurance companies, including Lloyd’s of London, aren’t covering cell phone and WiFi radiation exposure issues.

Are we so blind that we cannot see?

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