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What Blue Can Do: Harm or Help?

Debra Bennett

Debra Bennett has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. The content and format of this course is presented without commercial bias and does not claim superiority of any commercial product or service.

Course Description

Blue light has both benefits and inherent hazards and the optical industry is on the forefront of providing preventative optical technology. After working with the course, the ECP will better understand what type of education and preventative solutions to offer a patient. The radiant spectrum, including visible light, is discussed.

Ocular anatomy that responds to radiant light, especially UV and blue light is studied. Attenuation of blue light and the preventative products or techniques available are all covered. The course concludes with the role of the ECP in providing this important ocular protection, and alternate spectral concerns are briefly discussed.

Course Objectives

  • Define blue light
  • Recognize how blue light can help or harm the patient
  • Compare various lens options and other beneficial methods to protect the eye
  • Recommend practical solutions for patient care