I’ve had a few queries of late about red lights for eyes. I’ve mentioned eyes in a previous post, here. Above is a photo of the eye light I made for a friend.
You can see that it is not going to win any fashion awards.
You can make your own eye light very easily.
All it takes is
- an old pair of glasses
- small piece of dark red LED strip
- a few connectors
- 12V DC power source.
Why use an eye light? Because there is increasing evidence that visible red wavelengths have a protective effect on the cells in the retina, the business end of the eyes.
Like many cells in our body, retinal cells start to deteriorate with age, and this is usually because the mitochondria haven’t sufficient energy to fuel the cells properly. Miserable mitochondria make for morose, miserable cells. Red light stimulates mitochondria, literally giving them an energy boost. This enables the cell to function as it should – and this makes retinal cells work better and be more resistant to damage.
One of the big areas of red light research is in age-related macular degeneration, ARMD. Dark red light, especially 670nm, is the one being used in treating ARMD. This work is being led by Prof Glen Jeffery at University College London.
Aim for ten minute sessions, three to four times a week.
Like all red and near infrared light devices, the eye light is most effective if used regularly. I would aim for ten minute sessions three to four times a week.
Set your alarm…
Think about setting an alarm for ten minutes, as it would be very tempting to go to sleep under the soothing red. Many people find red and near infrared lights on their heads make them sleepy. Its the same with eye lights.