Blue Light

The impact of LED’s and blue light on our living environment and human health has been widely assessed over the last decade. European research by the French authority ANSES (2016) describes how LED’s are going through significant technological development. The good news is that LED’s have less energy consumption. Blue light is also important for the proper regulation of melatonin in the body, which influences circadian (day and night) rhythms and our general well-being.

ANSES differentiates types of blue light in its report that have a phototoxicity risk and are potentially more harmful. Age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss among people over 50, causes photochemical damage to the macula, a small spot near the centre of the retina we need for sharp central vision. Over long term exposure, the blue light in LED lighting that is increasingly used in our homes can damage the eye’s retina while disturbing our biological and sleep rhythms. In the world of optics, this is known as the ‘blue light hazard’.

ANSES believes the recommended maximum limit on short-term exposure to blue light should be reduced. Children and teenagers, whose eyes do not fully filter blue light, are particularly sensitive to the harms of cold blue light. The French authority advised that only low-risk LED devices be available to consumers and the luminosity of car headlights be reduced.

Of course we cannot avoid the environmental challenges of our modern day life. We can however mitigate the risks we face with the demands on our lifestyle. At Concept Eye Clinic in Gosforth and Tynemouth, our optometrists recommend DuraVision® BlueProtect by ZEISS. This is a coating specially developed for people who spend a lot of their time indoors and are exposed to blue-violet light from LEDs as well as the television, computer or tablet screens.

When you choose your sunglasses or daily wear spectacles with us at Concept, find out how you can protect your eyes with complete confidence and comfort. Healthy vision is integral to your well being.

Temporary Closure: COVID-19

Operating Emergency and Essential Eyecare only.

This includes replacement glasses, deliveries and contact lens replenishment.
Gosforth: 0191 2851603         
Tynemouth: 0191 2966124

We will reply to your queries within 4 working hours.

Covid -19 FAQ's

Whilst transmission is via viral respiratory particles we know that viral particles can be found in the tears and this can cause viral conjunctivitis. It is probable that the affected individual will experience primary symptoms such as fever and cough.

The latest advice for contact lens wearers is that there is no evidence to date that contact lens wear should be avoided by healthy individuals, or that contact lens wearers are more at risk of contracting coronavirus then those wearing spectacles.
To help maintain healthy contact lens wear, all contact lenses wearers should follow correct lens wear and care instructions, including thoroughly washing and drying your hands before handling, applying and removing your contact lenses. Spectacles should be washed regularly using warm soapy water. In the absence of the diagnosis of COVID-2 and in the absence of symptoms of fever, cough, red eye or discharge and provided that scrupulous hygiene is practised then contact lens wear is permissible. Social distancing ( minimum of 2m) should be exercised. Spectacle wear would be the preferred mode of sight correction or daily wear contact lens wear.

We offer an emergency replenishment service to our own patients . Simply email. We will ask some clinical questions in the absence of conducting a review and accordingly will arrange a delivery.

If you experience any sudden change / loss in your vision, pain, redness, flashes and floaters (black spots) in your vision or any other concerns related to your eyes, Please send us an email to If you do not have access to email, please telephone 0191 2851603. We will respond within 4 working hours with the most appropriate advice.

We offer an emergency reglazing service to our own patients’ frames. Simply email and we will arrange a delivery and reglazing service.

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