We all love technology, especially our children. These days most children today have more digital tools at their disposal than ever before - tablets, smart phones, e-readers, video games, to name a few. According to a study by the Kaiser family Foundation in the US, children and teenagers (ages 8-18) spend more than 7 hours a day consuming electronic media1 in today's increasingly technological society
However did you know that these electronics may emit a "blue light"?
Blue light is the highest energy wavelength of visible light. The "energy" is able to penetrate all the way to the back of the eye, through the eyes' natural filters.
One of the biggest challenges that we as parents face each day is the amount of blue light that our children get from digital device use. These days, a lot of homework is done online and many children need to have access to digital devices for long periods of time. The important difference for children is that their eyes are still developing, and they may not have the protective pigments in their eyes to help filter out some of this blue light.
So what can you do about blue light for your child's eyes?
It is very important to give children the nutrients necessary for healthy growth and development, especially for their eyes. The nutrients which are the most important for children's eyes that can be found in Caruso's Kids Blue Light Eye Protect are omega 3 fatty acids (such as DHA) and the carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These nutrients are highly concentrated in the brain and retina and both contribute to the development and protection of the brain and the eyes of children.
DHA for brain and visual development
The DHA found in Caruso's Kids Blue Light Eye Protect plays an essential role in the early development of vision during infancy and childhood. It is involved in the transport of nutrients in and out of cells which helps to support mental, cognitive and visual development.
DHA is present in high levels in the membranes of the retina and cerebral cortex of the brain and has been shown to be particularly important for optimal development of motor skills and visual acuity in children.
Lutemax2020 with Lutien and Zeaxanthin (the natural blue light filters)
Caruso's Kids Blue Light Eye Protect contains Lutein, which is a carotenoid that is naturally present in mother's milk. However once women stop breastfeeding children may not get enough through their diets. Lutein intakes are very important as it may help support cells of the eye by absorbing blue light and acting as an antioxidant to support ocular tissue from free radical damage.
The macula and retina of the eye contains the yellow carotenoids Zeaxanthin and Lutein. These carotenoids are absorbed in the gut and ultimately deposited throughout the tissues of the eye. In the macula, the concentration of Lutein and Zeaxanthin is about the three times higher than the average concentration of carotenoids in other tissues of the body. This is because the retina is uniquely susceptible to oxidative damage compared with other tissues. Caruso's Kids Blue Light Eye Protect contains Lutemax2020, which is a blend of Lutein and Zeaxanthin.
Antioxidant protection of the eye is vitally important in infants as they cannot down-regulate blood flow to the retina as well as adults; therefore, these vessels deliver excess oxygen to the retina and cause the generation of free radicals. Lutein and Zeaxanthin deposit primarily into the retina absorb blue light. Lutein has the ability to block blue light may protect the retina from blue light.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are found in both the macula and lens of the human eye, and have dual functions both tissues:
- to act as powerful antioxidants
- to filter high-energy blue light
Both these nutrients are involved in visual development, however Lutein may also improve macular pigment density, glare recovery from light, and support contrast sensitivity in the eye. This may help with eyestrain and minimize effects of blue light in children.
Caruso's Kids Blue Light Eye Protect comes in a small 1 a day capsule, which is suitable for children 5 years and over. Alternatively the capsule may be cut or pierced and the contents squeezed onto a spoon or mixed with food for younger children. So if you want to help protect the eyes of your most precious 'little ones' - try giving them Caruso's Kids Blue Light Eye Protect please call our qualified Naturopaths or Customer Service Representatives on 1300 304 480.
- Rideout, V. J., Foehr, U.G, & Roberts, D. F. (2010). Generation M2:Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year-Olds. Menlo Park, CA: Kaiser Family Foundation).