The Eclipse & Bright Lights

Aug 2017 |  All of the recent social media attention to the ocular dangers of a solar eclipse definitely has people thinking about their eyes.  I had two patients today ask about the potential damage from clinical testing lights.  The lights that Optometrists use to examine your eyes may be bright - "like the sun" - but they are not dangerous.  Sunlight has a broad spectrum with lots of powerful visible light and ultra-violet (UV) wavelengths that can cause damage.  Our lights do not have enough power to cause harm.   Dr.j