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I've been told I have early UV damage to my lenses. I also have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and light box therapy has been recommended. Can this cause additional damage to my lenses? What should I look for in a light box for eye safety?
As you already know, light box therapy can be effective in treating SAD. Most of the light boxes used for SAD filter or eliminate UV light which is harmful to the eyes. Other sources of light therapy often require UV light to be effective, as in certain skin disorders. It is important that you purchase a light box that clearly states that UV (ultraviolet) light has been filtered or removed from the light box. Check with your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) if you need additional counseling.
Answered by: Wayne Bizer, DO
Categories: Eye Conditions
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