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Macular Degeneration & Light

Posted in Eye Health

Using light to help improve eye health in the case of dry macular degeneration.   Acta Ophthalmol. 2017 Jun;95(4):e270-e277. doi: 10.1111/aos.13354. Epub 2016 Dec 18. Photobiomodulation reduces drusen volume and improves visual acuity and contrast sensitivity in dry age-related macular degeneration. Merry GF1, Munk MR2, Dotson RS1, Walker MG3, Devenyi RG4,5,6. Author information Abstract PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of photobiomodulation (PBM) treatment for patients with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: Assessments on 42 eyes with dry AMD (age related eye disease study (AREDS) 2-4) were conducted. Multiwavelength light emitting diode (LED)...

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How Light Heals Skin

Posted in How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, News & Research, Skin Health

This is a great study to illustrated how red, near infrared and blue light affect skin health by lowering inflammation, increasing circulation and cell renewal and balancing pigmentation issues.  Great research from Harvard here and remember that light is penetrating deeper than the skin and they are finding similar cellular changes in deep bone and brain tissue.   Semin Cutan Med Surg. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2014 Aug 8. Published in final edited form as: Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2013 Mar; 32(1): 41–52. PMCID: PMC4126803 NIHMSID: NIHMS430657 Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) in skin: stimulating, healing, restoring Pinar Avci, MD,1,2 Asheesh Gupta,...

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Macular Degeneration & Near Infrared Light

Posted in Eye Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

Age related macular degeneration and near infrared light. This review states that shining the right light on the body or photobiomodulation “has been applied clinically in the treatment of soft tissue injuries and acceleration of wound healing for more than 40 years.” How does it work? The light energy increases energy production and protective factors in the cell and improves cell replication and growth. Here the researchers take a look at near infrared light and it’s ability to help the body heal from macular degeneration. Their findings in mice? the infrared light “attenuates photoreceptor cell death, protects retinal function and exerts...

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Light for Retina Health

Posted in Eye Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

More good news on improving eye health with red and near infrared light. Increased blood flow, better cell regeneration and improved mitochondrial function are the key players listed here as well. Keep shining with light. It is amazing what the body can do at a cellular level with healthy wavelengths of light. Mitochondrion. 2017 May 9. pii: S1567-7249(17)30127-7. doi: 10.1016/j.mito.2017.05.002. [Epub ahead of print] Photostimulation of mitochondria as a treatment for retinal neurodegeneration. Beirne K1, Rozanowska M2, Votruba M3. Author information Abstract Absorption of photon energy by neuronal mitochondria leads to numerous downstream neuroprotective effects. Red...

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Nerve Regeneration & Light

Posted in Eye Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

Nerve regeneration and light! This study of light and the optic nerve found that shining red and infrared LED light “improved nerve regeneration and increased antioxidation levels.” Powerful information. Keep shining with light! J Orthop Sci. 2010 Mar;15(2):233-9. doi: 10.1007/s00776-009-1438-4. Epub 2010 Apr 1. Effect of near-infrared light-emitting diodes on nerve regeneration. Ishiguro M1, Ikeda K, Tomita K. Author information Abstract BACKGROUND: Photobiomodulation by red to near-infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has been reported to accelerate wound healing, attenuate degeneration of an injured optic nerve, and promote tissue growth. The purpose of...

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Near Infrared Light & Retinal Health

Posted in Eye Health

Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;854:437-41. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-17121-0_58. Near-Infrared Photobiomodulation in Retinal Injury and Disease. Eells JT1, Gopalakrishnan S2, Valter K3. Author information Abstract Evidence is growing that exposure of tissue to low energy photon irradiation in the far-red (FR) to near-infrared (NIR) range of the spectrum, collectively termed “photobiomodulation” (PBM) can restore the function of damaged mitochondria, upregulate the production of cytoprotective factors and prevent apoptotic cell death. PBM has been applied clinically in the treatment of soft tissue injuries and acceleration of wound healing for more than 40 years. Recent...

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Light Therapy and Macular Degeneration

Posted in Eye Health

Acta Ophthalmol. 2016 Dec 18. doi: 10.1111/aos.13354. [Epub ahead of print] Photobiomodulation reduces drusen volume and improves visual acuity and contrast sensitivity in dry age-related macular degeneration. Merry GF1, Munk MR2, Dotson RS1, Walker MG3, Devenyi RG4,5,6. Author information Abstract PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of photobiomodulation (PBM) treatment for patients with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: Assessments on 42 eyes with dry AMD (age related eye disease study (AREDS) 2-4) were conducted. Multiwavelength light emitting diode (LED) light comprising of yellow (590 nm), red (670 nm) and near-infrared (790 nm) bandwidths was...

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Why working with the right kind of blue light is important.

Posted in Eye Health

The Lowdown on Blue Light:Good vs. Bad, and Its Connection to AMD Release Date: February 2014 Expiration Date: January 31, 2015 Goal Statement: This educational activity will explore the role of light, including how it can damage the eye and its link to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The expert faculty will also cover other relevant topics, such as ways to prevent or reduce the risk of AMD as it strives to increase awareness of this general topic. Faculty/Editorial Board: Mark Dunbar, OD, and Ronald Melton, OD Credit Statement: This course is COPE approved for 2 hours of CE credit. COPE ID is 40549-PS. Please check your state licensing board to see if this...

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Light Therapy Increases Nitric Oxide Synthesis

Posted in Athletic Performance & Injury Recovery, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, News & Research

Discov Med. 2011 Feb;11(57):154-9. Therapeutic photobiomodulation: nitric oxide and a novel function of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase. Poyton RO1, Ball KA. Author information Abstract Currently, light therapies are widely used in both human and veterinarian medicine. The application of light to clinical therapeutics includes: photodynamic therapy, used to kill cancer cells; UVA therapies, used to treat a variety of skin diseases; and photobiomodulation, used to promote cell growth and recovery from injury. Photobiomodu-lation uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) or low energy lasers, which emit light in the visible red to near infrared range. Light in this range...

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