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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/16/healt...rnd/index.html

    From the above article:

    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, a French health authority warned in a new report.

    New scientific evidence confirms the "phototoxic effects" of short-term exposures to high-intensity blue light, as well as an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration after chronic exposure to lower-intensity sources, according to the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, known as ANSES.

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    who installs blue light in their homes? afaik we install white, some of them are cool white, but it is far from blue.

    also cheap drivers with no proper capacitors basically strobe at frequencies of the ac line. can give you a headache, we talked about it in a different thread a while ago
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    Usually the cooler the light in terms of tint, the more blue the light is used. It explains in the article;

    "For example, "warm white" domestic LED lighting has weak phototoxicity risks, similar to traditional lighting, according to ANSES. However, other LED lighting sources, including the newest flashlights, car headlights and some toys, produce a whiter and "colder" blue light that is more harmful."
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpg88 View Post
    who installs blue light in their homes? afaik we install white, some of them are cool white, but it is far from blue.

    also cheap drivers with no proper capacitors basically strobe at frequencies of the ac line. can give you a headache, we talked about it in a different thread a while ago
    Youíd be surprised at the amount of blue light we are exposed to and I ve seen may people install or have lights installed that they arenít aware of as being harmful. I ve worked in toxic lighting yet when you bring it to someoneís attention they say youíre not qualified to say...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpg88 View Post
    who installs blue light in their homes? afaik we install white, some of them are cool white, but it is far from blue.

    also cheap drivers with no proper capacitors basically strobe at frequencies of the ac line. can give you a headache, we talked about it in a different thread a while ago
    5000k and above lights have majority blue spectrum wavelength. Even 4000k lights have about an equal amplitude of blue wavelength and yellow/red wavelength. 2700k and below gets a whole lot less blue wavelength. Most of the 3000k led bulbs I've tested are actually closer to 2700k. The lowest amount of blue wavelength in LED emitters I've tested is the Nichia E21A 2000k. It is about spot on 2000k, DUV about 0.000 and blue wavelength probably less than incandescent lighting.

    Also it does make a difference in the time it takes for me to fall asleep when exposed to different CCT lights so I'm sure this article is legit

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    I found some of the claims a bit bizarre which makes me question the underlying assumptions, i.e. saying screens were not an issue due to the intensity being low .....not sure about you but I rarely look right into my lights. On that front direct light from blue/white LEDs has been identified as a biological hazard for over a decade.

    W.r.t. high CCT lights, say 5K, if you want your pupil to close so that you have good depth of focus and things are not blurry you need blue wavelengths. Reading under 2700k light is a recipe for eye strain and is awful for detailed work.

    CRI does come into play for the balance of the shortest blue wavelengths total energy. Generally supplier want to take the 450-455 blue pump and create longer wavelengths as that means more lumens.

    Let's also not lose sight (pun intended) that artificial lighting levels are but a fraction of sunlight which has lots of blue and far more damaging UV.

    The exposure time of car headlights where the levels are high that damage can occur is minimal so I am not sure even why it was brought up. Sure it causes discomfort glare but eye damage ... Sorry, no.

    Blue light interfering with melatonin suppression and circadian rhythm has been known 2 decades now so mentioning this in the report gives it no legitimacy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMeMe View Post
    Reading under 2700k light is a recipe for eye strain and is awful for detailed work.

    Let's also not lose sight (pun intended) that artificial lighting levels are but a fraction of sunlight which has lots of blue and far more damaging UV.
    2700k depends on the brightness but 2700 is typically pleasing to the eyes however itís not my favorite.

    Regarding the sunlight, we were born with natural filters and means in our eyes to deal with uv light from the sun. Itís natural and though bright isnít pleasant you will not have uv damage to the eyes unless youíre looking straight at it. Man made uv however is a totally different animal and it can mess you up.

    Blue light, (the kind from screens, poorly made led panels, etc) obviously man made can mess you up too and you donít have to look directly at it for it to give you a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usdiver View Post
    2700k depends on the brightness but 2700 is typically pleasing to the eyes however itís not my favorite.

    Regarding the sunlight, we were born with natural filters and means in our eyes to deal with uv light from the sun. Itís natural and though bright isnít pleasant you will not have uv damage to the eyes unless youíre looking straight at it. Man made uv however is a totally different animal and it can mess you up.

    Blue light, (the kind from screens, poorly made led panels, etc) obviously man made can mess you up too and you donít have to look directly at it for it to give you a problem.

    Just sayin
    - You need massive amounts of 2700K before you properly stimulate your iPRG cells, and would require well .... as much blue as just going with less total amount of cooler light. 2700 is pleasing at low lighting levels.

    - Nope, no filters that work different for the sun or the blue from LEDs. Light is light. Ditto for UV ... man made or not, it all depends on the spectrum. You tend not to look right into man-made UV lights either. Sunlight, room lights, screen ... blue is blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usdiver View Post
    Regarding the sunlight, we were born with natural filters and means in our eyes to deal with uv light from the sun. Itís natural and though bright isnít pleasant you will not have uv damage to the eyes unless youíre looking straight at it. Man made uv however is a totally different animal and it can mess you up.
    Can you please elaborate further about the eye natural UV filters (in plural if possible)?

    I'm being serious, I had a situation on an occasion last summer, where I was exposed to the sunlight for a lot more time than original planned, the original plan was doing a minor fixing of satellite system for 30 min to 1 hour max from 6:00 to 6:30 AM or maximum 7:00 AM, to fix 1 faulty line with all it's related stuff, so I went there without head cap or sun glasses, but things were not as expected, there were a lot more corrosions and I ended up doing 8 lines (18 junctions in and out of parts) and a lot of makeshifts to replace corroded parts of the cables, and all the rest of related fiddling, it took until 1:30 PM to finish the job (I had my arms burned bright red by that time), but I tried to avoid the sunlight most of the time, and was thinking about that the huge white satellite dish was even further concentrating the reflected sunlight of it, but I was in get down and dirty situation, and also was not fully aware (nor educated) about the hazards, all was in my mined while working was my youth days (and years) of playing in the school yard under the sun and going to the beach and swimming pools without any sunglasses or head caps, and I thought that my eyes should have muscle memory (if that's the correct English expression). But later that night I felt a small headache, then slept normally, and everything seemed normal for about a month, only some tiny (barely noticable) no vision stationary spots started to show up in my eye sight field of view, and that's different from my familiar floaters (which moves in my eyes liquid humorous according to eye movement and gravity), other than that nothing new and accordingly I forgot about all that event. Then at the end of that month when I accidentally shrugged my head to avoid a flying insect (big flying ant) I got immediate headache (similar to the one at the night of the sun exposure day), but with immediate dizziness this time, I went to sleep, and next morning I started to see big area of no vision spot (Grey) when I turn my eyes in certain direction, so I made eye sight exam appointment, and by the time that it took to happen, I was diagnosed with multiple retinal tissue transforming spots and liquidised humorous gel in the left eye that showed the big blind spot (apparently it's several and not only one big spot as I thought) of retinal transforming, I think he meant degeneration spots (he said its retinal tissue thinning when I asked) located at around the macula in the middle FOV and the peripheral section (I guess), which there was not any sign of it present in my previous appointments the year earlier, and I could see the Grey spots (retina tissue cells) that the doctor was talking about while he was lighting the inside of my eyes with his new stronger white light 6500 K (head light this time), while I had not seen them before in the previous check ups when he used to use his older weaker neutral penlight 4500 K, where the cells of my retina looked smooth and healthy, when I was diagnosed totally healthy but with only the floaters issue.

    (*I'm guessing here that many of us know how our fovea manage to see the inside peripheral retina cells inside our eyes when the doctor illuminate the inside of the eye with a pen flashlight.)

    Mined you, I have Green eyes and very light sensitive all over my life and have allergy, and was living mostly in dark environment (and daily total darkness periods) for the vast recent years of my life before that event, not totally, but mostly (much more than what one may consider normal conditions), so my eyes were not used to sunlight exposure for years, and got myself all of sudden directly into that sunny situation, it was sudden impact on the eyes. Another thing, until now I still have good eyesight (beside those blind spots and floaters) about 9.5/10 in each eye, and don't have cataract (my eyes lenses are clear and haven't yellowed up yet the thing that may help blocking UV rays and protect the retina tissue in people with cataract), my dark adaptation vision is very strong, and from thorough extreme darkness vision testing, I seem to not have lost any of my dark vision in any of the same degenerated cells spots that I lost day sight in them.

    Maybe "MeMeMe" or anyone who got some knowledge about eyes sunlight exposure can shade some light (little pun there). Can that one session cause or speed up retinal degeneration? And what do you know about those eye's natural UV filters if they exist?
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    @mememe
    The numbers were from a panel in an apartment but though they are unpleasant and I donít like em they donít cause problems, the one that gave me headaches was at work and I had to wear a hat to keep the glare out of my eyes. It was a 3íx3í and definitely above 5k very intense... and yes cheap implementation by someone who didnít understand what the problem was... but they didnít work under this light for hours at a time either
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    Personally I have found the danger caused by cool white LED's was mainly in my sleep cycle. I didn't know it was happening but lack of solid sleep was driving me nuts and messing with my health. Now I avoid any cool white lights/blue LED screen tints in the evening and all is much better.

    I do worry that cities trying to save money will switch out their street lights with LED's of the wrong tint that will have subtle effects on a population.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Anthony View Post
    Personally I have found the danger caused by cool white LED's was mainly in my sleep cycle. I didn't know it was happening but lack of solid sleep was driving me nuts and messing with my health. Now I avoid any cool white lights/blue LED screen tints in the evening and all is much better.

    I do worry that cities trying to save money will switch out their street lights with LED's of the wrong tint that will have subtle effects on a population.
    I wonder if this is why I m sleeping better now too? Hadnít really thought about it but makes sense.

    Regarding cities, itís already happening everywhere, too bright, crap tint, very unpleasant. They donít realize if the drop the tint color they can also decrease the output as you can see better. I have several lights from one company ranging from 4k with a Nichia 219b, 219c at 5700, xpg3 at 5k and xpg2 at 6000 give or take. All between 200 - 325 lumens and they all have no adverse affect on the eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usdiver View Post
    Regarding cities, itís already happening everywhere, too bright, crap tint, very unpleasant. They donít realize if the drop the tint color they can also decrease the output as you can see better.
    I'm forced to use yellow tint clip on lenses on my glasses when driving in areas like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechGuru View Post
    I'm forced to use yellow tint clip on lenses on my glasses when driving in areas like that.
    i use those yellow glasses too, very helpful, oncoming lights, even thou still bright, do not bother me nearly as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechGuru View Post
    I'm forced to use yellow tint clip on lenses on my glasses when driving in areas like that.
    I ve thought of that but now out in the country so no need for em. I donít have a tv either but was going to say those are the (cool) lights and the reason they seem too bright is cause they arenít natural to our brain so are more intense to us. If you want a light to use to see depth and color go with warm or hi cri and if you want light for defense purposes then go cool white just not TOO cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by usdiver View Post
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    Regarding cities, itís already happening everywhere, too bright, crap tint, very unpleasant. They donít realize if the drop the tint color they can also decrease the output as you can see better.
    You would be hard pressed to find anything installed in last 3-5 years over 5k outdoors by a city /municipality. That said your hypothesis wrt seeing better with low CCT is not supported by evidence once you get below say 5500

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Anthony View Post
    Personally I have found the danger caused by cool white LED's was mainly in my sleep cycle. I didn't know it was happening but lack of solid sleep was driving me nuts and messing with my health. Now I avoid any cool white lights/blue LED screen tints in the evening and all is much better.

    I do worry that cities trying to save money will switch out their street lights with LED's of the wrong tint that will have subtle effects on a population.
    Youíre on it. Itís not mainly about where it comes from but when it comes. Time. Sun up. Youíre up. Sun down. Youíre down(sleep). The only light source I could stand behind after sundown would be fire. Kinda tough to do in this day and age. How important is your health to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CerLo View Post
    Youíre on it. Itís not mainly about where it comes from but when it comes. Time. Sun up. Youíre up. Sun down. Youíre down(sleep). The only light source I could stand behind after sundown would be fire. Kinda tough to do in this day and age. How important is your health to you?
    Define Sundown .... is that after 8 hours of sunlight? 12 hours? 16 hours? 17 hours?

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    You're right, I actually have all the medical infomation I need about my condition, from my doctor and from the internet. Just thought by chance I can get some info from light science knowledge point if view, plus I have never heard before that we are born with natural UV filters in the eye.

    I thought I had retinal detachment, and was afraid of, but no, my doctor found no tears anywhere in my retinal tissues. I only have those retinal transformations (the doctor's own words), beside the much earlier floaters of the humorous gel, which rarely leads to actual detachment, unless one is in advanced near-sight condition, or have close relatives with retinal detachment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight.Sun View Post
    I have never heard before that we are born with natural UV filters in the eye.
    Then why do we get sunburn on our skin and yet not go blind from the suns rays? I like my sunglasses but rarely actually ďneedĒ them.
    Man made uv is totally different and therefore needs to be understood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usdiver View Post
    Then why do we get sunburn on our skin and yet not go blind from the suns rays? I like my sunglasses but rarely actually ďneedĒ them.
    Man made uv is totally different and therefore needs to be understood.
    Yes, we do have some filtration within our own eyes, but we also have autonomic protection such as squinting, shielding with hand or hat, and looking away. (yes, I know that's glare not UV). But UV damage to the eyes from the sun is a gradual thing, such as increased risk for cataracts. You like your sunglasses? USE THEM, especially if they're good quality. Btw, sunglasses need to be more than just reducing UVA/UVB exposure, but also have full optical correctness. The latter is often overlooked. I would stay away from unusually shaped sunglasses, because they're very likely far from optical correctness. While you can also check for focus change with/without glasses for short range, there is also the matter of long range. Because optical correctness is important, I try to stick with well known and trusted brands. Most of my sunglasses are made by Nikon. Their optical clarity and correctness is fantastic. Two of my favorites are made of tempered glass (a bit heavy), but I also have a pair made of polycarbonate (light). There are many other good brand choices out there as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usdiver View Post
    Man made uv is totally different and therefore needs to be understood.
    You keep saying this, and it keeps remaining NOT TRUE or based in any facts.

    Also, as stated, very few LEDs are based on UV technology, and normal blue + phosphor LED do not have UV.

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    Then why do we get sunburn on our skin and yet not go blind from the suns rays?
    Before making claims such as you do, you may want to consider:

    - The skin is somewhat opaque and absorbs most of the sunlight, especially the UV in the upper layers concentrating the damage
    - Your skin and eye have different optical properties. Your skin absorbs light over wide angles. Your lens will focus light over a reduced angle, which would not, for any period of time, included a direct view of the sun. Your lens will also reflect light outside the critical angle .. not to mention being inset into your head, hence often being prevented exposure to direct sunlight

    Skin gets burned when it has direct exposure to sunlight. Your eyes do not get direct exposure for any period of time ... you look away, and other physical realities of your head also come into play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMeMe View Post
    Your lens will also reflect light outside the critical angle ..
    That's a new thought to me, thanks for bringing it up, but the lens is located inside the eye, so I'm not sure if you meant to say the Cornea is going to reflect light outside the critical angle, the Cornea is located the middle of the outer front layer part of the eye, forming like an entrance gate in front of the Iris, pupil, and lens which are all located inside the eye.

    Anyway, the eye lens itself is a clear and flexible material that has the properties to refract, divert and concentrate light ray in many degrees according to it's flexible shape status, but also it shall have a bit of reflective properties as well, so it should reflect some small part of the light ray in the opposite direction, onto the iris (the eye colour part) and to the outside of the eye through the pupil I guess, but can't say how significant the reflected part would be compared to the part that is diverted and concentrated towards the inside, onto the Retina, Macula and Fovea sections.

    Yes the Cornea and the lens have some reflective property like any other clear material, but that'd hardly form any considerable part of the eye defence mechanism IMO, and definitely not a UV filter by any means. Only with age and Cataract development the lens gets less clear and looks kind of yellowish, I think then it can form some kind of UV filter IMO.

    There is no UV filter in the eye AFAIK. The Iris is not considered any filter either, but it is more important than a filter, it is the shutter that dictates how much light comes inside the eye by contracting and dilating forming a wide or narrow Pupil (hole). It is the most valuable part of the eye defence system against strong visible light, that's why the eye doctor needs give you drops before the session, to dilate the Iris/pupil and stop it from contracting when shining the flashlight into the eye through the pupil to examine the Retina and other inside parts.

    Quote Originally Posted by MeMeMe View Post
    Your eyes do not get direct exposure for any period of time ... you look away, and other physical realities of your head also come into play.
    Of course, that's our automatic defence mechanism against strong visible rays of light, but the time of indirect exposure still counts, as even if we don't get direct exposure into our eyes, we do still take in all the reflected rays coming of all the objects in our field of view, especially the ground surface, and over time it counts, also the shape and colour of the ground and surrounding objects comes into play, the smoother the shape and the lighter the colour is, the more reflective it is (hence the big white satellite dish in my case).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight.Sun View Post
    not sure if you meant to say the Cornea is going to reflect light outside the critical angle,

    Of course, that's our automatic defence mechanism against strong visible rays of light, but the time of indirect exposure still counts, as even if we don't get direct exposure into our eyes, we do still take in all the reflected rays coming of all the objects in our field of view, especially the ground surface, and over time it counts, also the shape and colour of the ground and surrounding objects comes into play, the smoother the shape and the lighter the colour is, the more reflective it is (hence the big white satellite dish in my case).
    .... did mean cornea.

    w.r.t. reflected rays coming off surfaces, read back through the thread. This all started not about long term exposure, but short term. We take in the reflected rays, over a limited angle, and with a limited aperture.

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    xevious,

    Thanks for post 43#

    Do you think my one session of working under high summer sun for ~ 8 hours none stop, suddenly after years of not seeing much sun light (I also worked without drinking any water or food and hadn't eaten much in the day before so nutrition support was really bad) could all that have burned the retinal cells that have "transformed" on me (I think the doctor meant degenerated as he said they are thinning in retinal tissues when I asked him what does he mean by transformings). Can that one long acute sunlight session have speeded up or started my retinal degeneration, by definition retinal degeneration is a long term process, I had not had long periods of time accumulating gradual sunlight exposure, as I had not seen the sun normally over the last 7 years or so. The thing is that I had no signs of starting retinal degeneration in any of my previous eyes check up appointments, just the natural floaters of collagen fibbers due to the vitreous humorous liquidation thing, but I am also almost 39 years old now.
    This sunlight session story I have not shared with my doctor because before the appointment I was thinking I have retinal detachment, because of the sudden big blind spot in my peripheral field of view, and it turned out to be that I have also multiple smaller blind (Grey) spots all around my peripheral field of view. Only after the check up and the diagnostic with retinal transformations (doctor's literal word) that I started to link it to the sunlight exposure session, which I had before forgotten about it completely when I went to the check up, but I will raise the issue next time, I'm now about one month late on my supposed 6 month regular check ups date, and will have to wait at least another month to be given an appointment.

    Also do you have solid information about our natural UV filters inside our eyes, no matter how basic it is, what is it that you think this protection is, the eye lens? Cataract does make it yellowish and less clear, is that the UV filter you're talking about? I don't have Cataract.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight.Sun View Post
    xevious,

    Thanks for post 43#

    Do you think my one session of working under high summer sun for ~ 8 hours none stop, suddenly after years of not seeing much sun light (I also worked without drinking any water or food and hadn't eaten much in the day before so nutrition support was really bad) could all that have burned the retinal cells that have "transformed" on me (I think the doctor meant degenerated as he said they are thinning in retinal tissues when I asked him what does he mean by transformings). Can that one long acute sunlight session have speeded up or started my retinal degeneration, by definition retinal degeneration is a long term process, I had not had long periods of time accumulating gradual sunlight exposure, as I had not seen the sun normally over the last 7 years or so. The thing is that I had no signs of starting retinal degeneration in any of my previous eyes check up appointments, just the natural floaters of collagen fibbers due to the vitreous humorous liquidation thing, but I am also almost 39 years old now.
    This sunlight session story I have not shared with my doctor because before the appointment I was thinking I have retinal detachment, because of the sudden big blind spot in my peripheral field of view, and it turned out to be that I have also multiple smaller blind (Grey) spots all around my peripheral field of view. Only after the check up and the diagnostic with retinal transformations (doctor's literal word) that I started to link it to the sunlight exposure session, which I had before forgotten about it completely when I went to the check up, but I will raise the issue next time, I'm now about one month late on my supposed 6 month regular check ups date, and will have to wait at least another month to be given an appointment.

    Also do you have solid information about our natural UV filters inside our eyes, no matter how basic it is, what is it that you think this protection is, the eye lens? Cataract does make it yellowish and less clear, is that the UV filter you're talking about? I don't have Cataract.

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    Hello Midnight.Sun,
    You're welcome. As for your situation, I don't have medical knowledge sufficient enough to give you a solid answer. But in terms of practical understanding, I can't believe that a solid 8 hour day of high summer sun exposure caused you burned retinal cells. Our retinas do receive some short term damage from very bright light conditions, but will recover. One way you can visually see that is when you look at very bright light, then suddenly go into a dark room. You will see an after-image of the light for quite a while. Sometimes it can take up to an hour to fade off. The exposure you describe would not likely cause retinal detachment or degeneration.

    I've been fortunate enough to have near 20/20 eyesight and I'm in my mid 50's. But focus time has changed, and near sight is challenging (have to hold books further away). I also have floaters... and as far as I've heard most everyone does. Unfortunate side effect of aging. Also, if you're a pilot or do a lot of driving, the very frequent pressure changes and vibrations can exacerbate it. Just try to avoid looking at white paper and walls.

    Overall, what you're describing about your eye situation does sound like a premature condition for your age. I could be a genetic predisposition or perhaps even nutritional. What doctors will fail to do is consider the nutritional aspect. This is key, making sure you eat the right foods and supplements that contribute to healthy eye function. I've not studied this, but had come across some content on this a few years back. There's plenty of info on-line if you search. But for it to have effect will take some time. Meanwhile, if I were you I would visit an optometrist (eye doctor) and get a 2nd opinion. Good luck.
    Last edited by xevious; 05-30-2019 at 11:27 PM.
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    Sunset. Twilight.
    Donít over think it.

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    Hello xevious,

    Thanks for your opinion and good evaluation on the 8 hour exposure thing.

    looks like me and you have some common eye situations, I'm also fortunate with good eyesight 9.5/10 each eye, I guess that's 19/20 by your country's medical terms, but my focus is still working now at my late 30's or early 40's (basically my 40th birthday is a year and some months away).

    I have driven only cars and bicycles, I have driven cars of my ownership for more than 20 years, and had my fair share of pressure changes and a lot of vibrations (awful roads), but as it is the case with my sunlight long term exposure levels, I have not drived so much the past few years, only about 5% of the mileage I used to cover before 2011, and yet the floaters started in the recent years, but I know exactly how and when I finally triggered them out. The floaters started on me early although my 70 years old parents still don't have them, so it's not genetic nor natural premature, I caused them to myself with violent physical movement and the several falls on the back of my head through out my life, especially the first one at the age of 9 which was so strong, and near death experience, I passed away from morning till afternoon hours alone under the sun. Afterwards, the back of my brain kept frequently hurting me in full 24 hours cycles, every two weeks, or every 1 month sometimes, that continued for about 3 - 4 years then it all stopped at adolescence I guess. Then later I fell several times on the back of my head, either from on top of a ladder or walls and such things along the road of life, but I seem have gained strength in that area, stands up immediately a walk home for wound cleaning. But the violent movements that finally gave me the floaters and headache were the abnormal physical exercises I created for no logical reason 4 years ago, I was training like an Astronaut for impulsive reasons, I was possessed that chaos was coming towards my direction, and it was (I live in Syria), and was preparing for Armageddon I guess, but the storm of chaos eventually shifted away from me without needing my physical intervention lol.

    *Rest in peace everyone whom lost their lives fighting the right battle, and thanks for every effort that went in the right direction, and is still going on. The right direction in Syria is subtle, mainly it is the direction of the silent many who knows the real history of the region, not the Arabic Islamic history that the Arab Nationalists authoritarian regimes, especially in particular the most active Al- Baath party, the ruling party in Syria now, and in Iraq before 2003, whom imposed their version of history and their education system on us the past 70 years, with covert collaboration with the Arabian Gulf states and the various Islamic organisations and brotherhoods, and with official collaboration with the Islamic republic of Iran, and recently Islamic Turkey.

    Back to my optometrist, I didn't tell him anything about my physical activities, but he actually told me, he said the floaters are due to violent movements and I need to stay away from such activities. He was right, I tried to ask other questions, he said they were not a factor, and strictly insisted on his instructions.

    I did my homework, a lot of online searching, especially after the recent retinal degeneration (transformations) diagnostic, and I came across the nutritional factor, and although my overall diet is relatively considered very good, but I found out I was lacking the nutrients that are especially good for the Retina, and I fixed my diet accordingly the past 6 months, I can say that I'm feeling better now, my condition has stopped progressing so far, that I'm not in so much hurry to take my next eye exam appointment.

    As for a 2nd opinion, I was thinking of taking one when I was feeling worse, now I don't feel so urged, actually my doctor is considered the best in town, and the second reason is that I can barely stand one Iris dilating drops and flashlight exam every 6 month, I really think they are not good for my retina, my green eyes are so photophobic. So I'm now looking forward for the next generation of eye exams, the camera recording through the pupil, that does not require dilating the Iris and the use of flashlight, if I can manage to find this technology, anywhere nearby, I'll gladly take one of those for their higher accuracy and relief. That's the only situation I say no to flashlights lol.

    Thanks, good luck to you too.
    Last edited by Midnight.Sun; 05-31-2019 at 09:12 PM.

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