LED Light Therapy Safety – Protect Your Eyes!

I can’t say enough about how much I love LED(Light Emitting Diodes)/Photo/Helio Therapy for the skin!!!!

There are very few cons to the therapy and plenty of pros!

However, eye safety must be a priority even with LED!

Why?

 

Macular degeneration, often age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD)  an eye condition: that usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina. It occurs in “dry” and “wet” forms. It is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults (>50 years). Macular degeneration can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life.

There are few absolute contraindications to light therapy, although there are some circumstances in which caution is required, such as when a patient has a condition that might render his or her eyes more vulnerable to phototoxicity, has a tendency toward mania, has a photosensitive skin condition, or is taking a photosensitizing herb (such as St. John’s wort) or medication. Patients with porphyria should avoid most forms of light therapy. Patients on certain drugs such as methotrexate or chloroquine should use caution with light therapy as there is a chance that these drugs could cause porphyria.

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