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California Declares Blue Light Awareness Day

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

California has created many of the iconic products and technologies that have spurred the digital revolution, which, in turn, has exposed us to large amounts of blue light. So it is appropriate that the California State Senate has designated October 10 as Blue Light Awareness Day, as a way of calling attention to the issues associated with blue light from digital devices and other sources. 

Noting that there are 80 million digital devices in California, and they are used up to nine hours per day by state residents, the Senate resolution cited a number of concerns about blue light, including:

  • Possible harmful effects on retinal cell physiology

  • Visual discomfort in 65% of Americans

  • Disruption of sleep cycles by suppressing the natural release of melatonin

Based on this information, the resolution states, “Given the growing body of research around the breadth and scope of potential eye and systemic health impacts relate