Potential Blue Light Hazard from LED Headlamps – AZoOptics
Light-emitting diode (LED) headlamps are used frequently by dentists. The potential “blue light hazard” to the retina posed by these white light headlights is uncertain.
Study: The potential ‘Blue Light Hazard’ from LED Headlamps. Image Credit: wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com
Pre-proof research in the Journal of Dentistry explores the use of integrating spheres connected to fiber-optic spectroradiometers. The researchers evaluated the spectrum of radiant powers obtained from direct and indirect observation of an electronic tablet, a halogen headlamp, a LED curing light, and six different brands of LED headlamps.
The Blue Light Hazard
Blue light exposure can disturb sleep patterns and cause retinal damage, according to research on animals and in cell cultures (ARMD). The harmful effects of blue light develop over time.
Wavelengths of 440-450 nm cause maximum blue light hazards. Damage happens because the cornea, vitreous humor, aqueous humor, and lens do not absorb the blue wavelengths of light.
Blue light is reflected through the ocular medium and then directly absorbed by the pigments in the retina. The color temperature (K) of the light source seems to impact the harmful effects of blue light. Cool white temperatures over 4500K, observed from “bright white” light LEDs, are less dangerous than temperatures in the vicinity of 3000K, commonly seen from incandescent sources.
Response of the Retina to Blue Light
Human eyes are only 5% susceptible to blue light between 440 and 450 nm compared to light of 550 nm the peak of blue light from white light LED sources. High wavelength of light limits the functioning of the human eye.
Since the human pupil does not dilate and compress when exposed to blue light, the human eye may be affected by exposure to high amounts of blue light without knowledge. Even modest variations in pupil diameter significantly affect the quantity of light entering the eye. A 4 mm pupil (area: 12.57 mm2) allows four times additional light to enter the retina than a 2 mm pupil (area 3.14 mm2).
Because the eye is more sensitive to light in the 510 to 580 nm band, light from a halogen light source, the ratio of blue light to red-green wavelengths in the white light from LEDs is crucial. Red/green wavelengths should preferably predominate over blue wavelengths.
Blue Light Hazards of LED Headlamps
White light LED headlamps produce a variety of spectrums that all possess higher risks of causing retinal damage than halogen sources. The “blue light hazard” from some LED headlamps is larger than LED curing light when the headlamps are placed at a distance of 35 cm.
Hazards from Dentist LED Headlamps
Dentists spend around four hours per day examining digital displays that generate blue light. Dentists are unprotected from artificial blue light from LEDs lights, headlamps, and operatory lights.
Many dentists are ignorant of the possible “blue light hazards” at the dental clinic and do not employ proper eye protection, although the potential harm of the blue light from various dental curing lights has been extensively recorded. Dentists are not usually aware of the possible blue light hazards posed by LEDs that emit strong white light since the light is white.
Prince et al. showed and described the blue light hazard from white light headlamps to evaluate the daily cumulative exposure limit (tMAX). The …….