Red light therapy is an FDA approved therapy which has been tested in a multitude of studies over the years. It has been proven to be a safe, effective treatment for skin conditions, pain of the joints and muscles, and hair loss, among other concerns. RLT has zero pain associated with treatments, and no downtime or long-term side effects. Even with all of that in mind, many still ask if RLT is safe for eyes. The good news is, research continues to emerge revealing that RLT is not only safe for the eyes but can actually be beneficial in its own right.
Just as red light therapy can relieve inflammation in the body, it has the potential to do the same for your eyes. Inflammation of the eyes is one of the major factors that contributes to a myriad of eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and other ocular related injuries. Thanks to clinical research trials, we now know that the increased cellular function that is generated by red light therapy occurs in the eyes as well. This stimulation of cellular activity can combat age-related vision loss and preserve retinal function. Though not specifically FDA approved for eye treatment, RLT may not only relieve inflammation and improve healing when it comes to these conditions, it also has the potential to protect vision and foster overall eye health. When it comes to glaucoma, RLT is able to physically protect the cornea and retina against ocular pressure and the build-up of fluids, both of which slowly damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss over time. These peer-reviewed studies have been conducted using both red light (660nm) as well as near infrared light (850nm), finding both to be safe options, and further, that NIR was shown to induce the best eye health prevention and healing outcomes.
With these potential eye-related benefits in mind, it is not required that you wear eye protection like goggles or sunglasses when using your RLT device. We do provide goggles with our devices to be used on a basis of personal preference as the lights are bright and those with light sensitivity may find it more comfortable to use them. In the same vein, those who wear contacts may experience dry eyes and might want to remove contacts before use, though this will depend entirely on the individual and their eye sensitivity.
As it turns out, red light therapy isn’t just safe for the eyes, it is a potential way to foster eye health, protect against age-related vision loss, and even help heal eye injuries and ocular damage. Your eyes can benefit from a full-body RLT treatment, but if you are thinking of using a targeted device for the eyes, it is best to speak with a medical professional first. When dealing specifically with the eyes, you should always consult with your doctor before self-treating with RLT or any at-home therapy. Red light therapy continues to be heralded as a safe, painless, cost-effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions and health concerns, and research continues to be conducted proving that it is not only safe for the eyes but beneficial as well.