- New study is being conducted saying: 3 minutes of deep red light a day keeps the ophthalmologist away!
- 12 men and 12 women aged from 28 to 72 were recruited to perform the activity. What is the result? Let’s find out.
Human capabilities are mysterious. Normally, we have five senses. We can see things. Majority of us can define colors and shapes through our eyes.
We can also hear sounds that help us know what’s going on around us. We have tongues to taste different flavors and enjoy all those mouthwatering gourmets that we crave for.
Smelling things from perfumes to trash and lastly, we have the ability to feel things from the finest to the roughest textures.
Majority of us can define colors and shapes through our eyes.
However, as we grow older, these senses gradually deteriorate. The colors that we see will no longer look as vivid as we see it today, in the future. Because of these ideas, some or maybe most of us are becoming afraid to grow old.
Though we might be scared of the “yet to come”, some people refused to accept the incoming weakened version of themselves, and so a study was found.
The researchers of University College London in England (UCL) have discovered that staring into deep red lights for three minutes a day can essentially improve our sense of sight.
The researchers of University College London in England (UCL)
From an approximate age of 40, the cells in our eye’s retina will begin to age as their mitochondria, or the powerhouses of cells, start to lessen.
Retina’s photoreceptor cells’ demands for high energy cause the retina to rapidly olden than other organs of our bodies and usually failing 70% of functional capacity over a lifetime.
Really? deep red light exposure can bring back at least a tiny bit of our eyesight?
Conducting the study to prove that deep red light exposure can bring back at least a tiny bit of our eyesight, the researchers recruited 12 men and 12 women having the ages between 28 and 72.
The 24 subjects were all cleared for optical diseases and were conducted with a test for the sensitivity of their rods and cones from the study’s start and its finish.
Rod sensitivity or the ability to see in a dimmer setting was evaluated by asking the subjects to detect dim light signals in the dark.
While cone function or the ability to sense colors was tested by the subjects’ ability to recognize blurred low-contrast colored characters.
After examining, each subject was provided with a small LED light and asked to look into its red 670nm light beam for about three minutes per day in a span of two weeks.
After accomplishing the procedures, the subjects were tested again for rod and cone sensitivity.
Younger participants didn’t see any improvement in seeing in dim light conditions but some over 40 got better with the test.
However, the participants had a lesser successful degree in rod than in cones or the color contrast.
Is “deep red light exposure” true?
According to the researchers, the technology is basic and harmless using a deep red light of a certain wavelength that is absorbed by mitochondria in the retina that provides energy for cellular function.
Aside from that, the devices cost about £12 to make which are somehow accessible to the public.
Now that they mention it, how about a phone with a deep red light feature? It’s interestingly possible!