The Blue Light Understanding & Education (B.L.U.E.) CE series traveled across the country to help ECPs know blue light
With more blue light being introduced into our lives every day from digital devices, LED lighting, the screens that deliver our information, and other artificial sources, it’s important for eyecare professionals (ECPs) to know what portion of the high energy visible (HEV) light spectrum can be harmful and how to protect their patients from the potential damage it can cause to the eyes and vision.
That’s exactly what the one-hour presentation by Michael Della Pesca, ABOM, “Mapping A Blue Light Gameplan,” set out to do when it traveled to ten cities throughout the U.S. during July and August, educate ECPs about the potential harm that blue light can cause and the products that are available to protect their patients.
A joint venture by First Vision Media Group, Inc. (publishers of this and other print and electronic publications) and Quantum Optical, a pioneering company in the field of e-learning and education for ECPs, the B.L.U.E. continuing education dinners were sponsored by the following companies, whose products described below were designed to protect patients from the potential hazards of HEV blue light.
Indoors, Transitions lenses filter harmful blue light from sources such as digital devices and LED lights. Outdoors, they darken to protect from harmful blue light, glare and UV. Transitions Signature VII lenses are more reactive to bright sun, partial sun and indirect light. Transitions XTRActive lenses offer extra protection, even inside a car. They are extra dark outdoors to protect from the brightest sun and have a hint of tint indoors for harsh lighting. Transitions Vantage are the only everyday lenses with variable polarization, adjusting to match the level of outdoor glare, which can vary throughout the day. All are available in gray. Signature VII and XTRActive are also available in brown and graphite green.
BluTech and ClearVision Optical share a passion for protecting patients and bringing unique technologies to market. Together they developed a unique solution that provides the best in both frame fashion and technology: the BluTech frame and lens solution. This collaboration combines fashion eyewear with blue light protection in all three areas-protecting against blur/glare, protecting against age-related macular degeneration, and filtering the wavelengths responsible for sleep disruption and health-related issues. Featuring a super hydrophobic anti-reflective coating, the lenses come edged into the frame and ready to dispense. Complete with a custom display and in-store merchandising materials, the BluTech frame and lens solution offers one low affordable price point to ECPs.
VISION EASE Clear Blue Filter polycarbonate lenses provide 100% UV protection (400nm) and filter high-energy blue light. Not a coating, protective properties are built into this clear lens that filters over three times more blue light than standard polycarbonate lenses at 420nm and 51% of high-energy light between 380nm and 460nm. Coppertone polarized prescription lenses by VISON EASE go above and beyond 100 percent UV blockage by providing more blue light protection than ordinary sun lenses, two times the solar blue light protection of other green or gray lenses. These lenses carry the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin.
VITARIS protects from harmful UVA, UVB and HEV blue light by absorbing up to 420nm without a coating. VITARIS is available as an uncut free-form PAL, identity, and free-form single vision, upgrade, or as semi-finished or finished single vision, all in 1.60 or 1.74 indices, with 1.67 coming in the fall. VITARIS is also available in PFO Global’s SmartEyewear Collections. Add-ons include premium anti-reflective (AR) or PFO Global’s patented iBlu Coat AR for maximum protection. iBlu coat is a specially developed AR that protects eyes from harmful UVA, UVB and HEV blue light. Lenses treated with iBlu coat reflect blue light with a high degree of efficiency while also improving contrast and reducing eye fatigue due to digital eyestrain.
ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect is ideal for people who are exposed to blue-violet light from LEDs as well as TV, computer and tablet screens. Specifically, the premium coating strongly filters blue light shorter than 440nm, a range which is of particular concern to eyecare professionals. Reducing the eye’s exposure to this type of blue light helps prevent retinal cell damage and phototoxicity, reduces digital eyestrain and promotes healthier sleep patterns. The ultimate goal is to help wearers more comfortably view the world.
With the filtering component built into the material that composes the lens itself, Conant’s UV++ filters harmful blue light between 400nm and 420nm. The UV++ lenses let in the healthier blue-turquoise light that helps with color perception and alertness. Appropriate for both indoors and out, the UV++ lenses are virtually clear without any yellow hue. They will accept tinting and anti-reflective treatments. Available in 1.50, 1.60 MR-95, 1.67 MR-10 and Hi-Vex materials, these finished, semi-finished and D-28 lenses include Crystalux super hydrophobic anti-glare coating with scratch resistance. Conant’s UV++ lenses come with a two-year scratch warranty.
Dispensing eyewear can be a difficult and daunting task. With so many options available, how do you explain the differences to your patients? The SpecTech virtual sales aid and digital dispensing tool enable eyecare professionals to compare lens products, designs and treatments. With consumers retaining 80% of what they see versus 20% of what they read and 10% of what they hear, why not show them the difference blue light protection makes? With SpecTech, ECPs can capture a patient’s attention and visually demonstrate for them how good it will feel to protect their eyes from harmful blue light by showing them a lens with protection.
WHERE TO FIND IT:
Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc. • 800.358.8258 • zeiss.com/vision-care
Walman Optical • 800.926.9276 • walman.com