Human eyes are not designed for digital light
According to a 2014 study from the Vision Council, 70% of people who use computers and mobile devices experience problems including eyestrain and headaches. More than 60% of the working population spends at least six hours each day viewing digital screens, including computers and smartphones. The human eye however, is not designed to spend countless hours staring at digital light. To produce bright white light, electronic devices must emit light at short wavelengths. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) deliver higher levels of blue light to the retina than do conventional domestic light sources, providing humans with the first exposure to such extensive blue light. Prolonged exposure to computer and digital screens has resulted in eye and vision-related problems for many, and the symptoms are called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of prolonged computer and digital device use include sore or tired eyes, eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and difficulty focusing. Numerous studies, including a Harvard Medical School article entitled Blue Light Has a Dark Side, link exposure to blue light found in digital devices to health issues including melatonin suppression and disruption of circadian rhythms.
Healthe LLC is a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company developing products that protect frequent users of digital devices from digital light and associated issues. The company is developing and commercializing an emission reducing film which may be applied directly to various digital devices and produced in other form factors. The company’s founders include Co-Founder and Inventor, Dr. Steven Moe, and Co-Founder and CEO, Justin Barrett.
Healthe has developed a proprietary emission reducing film comprised of polymers and light absorptive dyes. Eyesafe film is able to selectively reduce the known-harmful peaks and slopes of electromagnetic transmission from occupational and personal electronic devices. The proprietary dyes and polymer combination normalize light transmission levels across the light spectrum from 200nm – 3,000nm. Embedded in Eyesafe film are custom combinations of light absorptive dyes including UV/IR and visible dyes allowing for specific wavelength transmissions. A durable, thin and pliable polymer protects digital screens from scratches and falls and may be applied on and off effortlessly. A provisional patent covers the technology’s unique ability to absorb harmful light and the application of that technology to digital devices and other form factors including glasses.
Eyesafe filters block 99% of the harmful blue light range (200-380nm), and ranges of HEV light (380-480nm) with additional selective reduction to peaks across the spectrum. Learn more about how it works.
The company's technology offers the unique ability to absorb various levels of harmful UV and HEV, while offering a light film that is commercially appealing and unobtrusive.
For more information and to learn about investment opportunities in Healthe, contact us.
- Harvard Medical School: Blue Light Has A Dark Side: http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Health_Letter/2012/May/blue-light-has-a-dark-side/
- The Vision Council: Daily Impact of Digital Screens on the Eye Health of Americans: http://www.thevisioncouncil.org/sites/default/files/TVCDigitEYEzedReport2013.pdf
- Progress in Retinal and Eye Research: Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) for Domestic Lighting: Any Risks for the Eye? http://ceolas.net/Docs/Zissis_et_alia_LEDs_and_Eyes_04_2011.pdf
- The Journal of Neuroscience: Action Spectrum for Melatonin Regulation in Humans: http://www.jneurosci.org/content/21/16/6405.long
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: Light Level and Duration of Exposure Determine the Impact of Self-Luminous Tablets on Melatonin Suppression: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22850476
- Environmental Health Perspectives: White Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) at Domestic Lighting Levels and Retinal Injury in a Rat Model: http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1307294/
- Mayo Clinic: Eyestrain Causes: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eyestrain/basics/causes/con-20032649