World News: 14:18 GMT Friday 12th July 2019. [Twinlab Consolidated Holdings, Inc. via Globe Newswire via SPi World News]
BOCA RATON, Fla., July 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The advancement of digital technology has dramatically changed the audience for eye health and long-term associated risk of retinal damage from conditions such as macular degeneration. Once thought to be a health issue only for older adults, children may be at risk of higher damage since their eyes absorb more blue light than adults. Twinlab Consolidated Holdings, Inc. (OTCPK:) (“TCC” or “Twinlab”) has developed a gummy supplement with clinically studied ingredients for both adults and children called , designed to protect eyes of all ages from potentially harmful blue light damage, which are the wavelengths emitted from device screens.
On average most adults spend 10.5 hours in front of a screen, while children average 6.5 hours of screen time a day. Blue light is emitted from smartphones, computers, televisions, tablets, artificial light and even sunlight. Laboratory have shown that too much exposure to blue light can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina, which could lead to vision problems and interfere with natural sleep and wake cycles. Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the macula, the small central area of the eye’s retina that controls detailed vision such as facial recognition, fine reading, computer use and television watching. The macula can be protected from blue light by limiting screen time and sunlight by using sunglasses.
“Short-term effects of blue light related to digital eyestrain can cause dry eyes, blurred vision, eyestrain, fatigue, increased frequency of headaches and difficulty sleeping, but long-term effects may risk damage to delicate retinal cells leading to vision problems like age-related macular degeneration,” said , a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in integrative approaches to vision health. “We live in a digital world and are constantly exposed to more and more screen time and children may be at higher risk of blue light retinal damage than adults.”
A published estimates that 50% or more of computer users experience symptoms of digital eyestrain with six or more hours of daily digital device use. According to one , a child’s lens absorbs less short-wavelength light than the adult lens, allowing more blue light to reach a child’s retina. Generation Z (those born after 1995) will be the first generation to have been exposed to digital devices their entire lifetime. Banik says this could be problematic since the long-term consequences of blue light exposure in children are not well understood.
Studies suggest that nutrition can also play a protective role in eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids from the beta-carotene family that are found in high concentration in parts of the retina where they help protect the eye against blue light. By absorbing the blue light, these carotenoids protect the retina by acting as a nutritional filter of blue light.
“Lutein and zeaxanthin are two very important nutrients that we simply do not get enough of through our regular diet,” said Banik, who runs Envision Health NYC, a concierge practice specializing in eye health, neurological conditions, and migraine headaches. “Supplementing with 10-20 mg of lutein and 2-4 mg of zeaxanthin isomers is important for protective eye health and visual eyestrain in both children and adults.”
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Globe Newswire: 14:18 GMT Friday 12th July 2019
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