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A Vision For Investment In Your Future | Long Island Eye Doctor

A Vision For Investment In Your Future
Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

What do all of the following have in common?
1. Participating in a 401K
2. Investing in an IRA
3. Employer sponsored profit sharing or a pension plan?
4. Life Insurance
5. Disability insurance
6. Any insurance……..
7. Sunglasses
8. BluTech Lenses
The answer is they are all investments in protecting the future. While numbers 1 to 6 will help protect you and your family economically tomorrow, numbers 7 and 8 will protect your vision today and in the future.

Unfortunately most people have a hard time understanding how an investment in eyeglasses today can help them into the future. It is also unfortunate that most eye doctors and staff either do not take the time to explain or they poorly explain the benefits of specialized lenses or sunglass investments. So I will attempt to make it easy to understand.

Everyone has either heard of or understands the effects of ultraviolet (UV) light on the skin. Today you get a sunburn with possible discomfort and tomorrow you have increased the possibility of skin cancer. Most people will apply suntan lotion with UV blocking ingredients as an insurance to minimize the risk of burning and skin cancer. Ultraviolet light also has a long-term effect on the eyes. Today, the eyes may feel dry, irritated, may look red and likely will experience glare. Tomorrow, the eyes feel dry and irritated and vision is blurry because the long-term exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun has enhanced the formation of cataracts. Cataracts are a clouding of the marble-sized lens inside of our eyes. Sunglasses with UV protection are an insurance both for today’s comfort and for your visual future.

But there is more. More and more studies by leading scientists and researchers are pointing out the harmful effects of blue light on the eyes. To keep it as simple as possible, there are 3 types of light…. Ultraviolet, visible light, and infrared (IR). The human eye cannot see UV or IR. What we can see is the visible light. Visible light is composed of thousands and thousands of colors and each color is a specific wavelength. There are many wavelengths of reds, yellows, greens, purples, blues, etc. So what is so harmful about blue light? Firstly, not all blue light is harmful to the eyes but there is a range of wavelengths that scientists have proven to be one of the causes an eye disease called macular degeneration. Certain blue light wavelengths have also been implicated in sleep disorders and other physical disease states.

Lenses are now being developed, and one has already been developed (BluTech), to block these harmful blue wavelengths while letting the other visible wavelengths get to the eye. So you might be thinking that you’re not out in the sun much so you don’t have to worry about this. Here’s the kicker. Today, as opposed to 20 years ago, harmful blue light is everywhere. All of the new LED light bulbs, smart phones and tablets, televisions, computer screens and fluorescent lighting in addition to the exposure from the sun, all emit harmful blue wavelengths. We can’t get away from it but we can protect ourselves. And in order of importance, we need to first protect our young children, then teenagers and twenty-somethings. These are the people that will have the most blue light exposure over their lifetime. Based on scientific studies, I have concluded that there is no downside to protecting everyone. BluTech lenses are available today for both indoor and outdoor protection. Their advantages include better contrast, reduced burning sensation and redness, better light adaptation when going from a bright outdoors to indoors or when the sun is setting, improving sleep habits and reduced chance of macular degeneration developing from environmental factors.

Making an investment in sunglasses and BluTech lenses is ultimately the best insurance policy you can own for preservation of vision quality, visual comfort and general health and well being. Invest in your future and the future of your children. You will be glad you did.

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum
Optix Family Eyecare Center

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