**Update April 29th 2015** This website will be gaining two new moderators to help Jesse! There are likely to be a lot of changes over the next few days and weeks that will hopefully make it easier for everyone to share information! We will also be working on adding new content during this time and will be keeping the content up to date as much as we can going forward. Thank you for visiting, hopefully we can all help one another!**
A viewer sent in this letter from Maine’s Center for Disease Control. Check it out!
“LED lights can potentially exacerbate symptoms, particularly retinal or neurologic, after prolonged or repetitive exposure”
“LED lights emit blue light, which can be damaging over time”
If you have found me and this little website then it is highly probable you are struggling with a similar issue, sensitivity to ECO-friendly lighting. My particular problem started a couple years ago with a change in my work environment to a different type of fluorescent lighting, I developed terrible eye strain and headaches that would not go away until I spent 2-3 days away from the environment. I had no idea what was coming a couple years later with LED lights, however, even at the time under this fluorescent lighting I could not continue my work effectively. My saving grace was discovering how anti-glare coating’s 99% protect me from the effects of florescent lighting.
Unfortunately, in September of 2012 (The month I married my beautiful and supportive wife) my employer replaced the florescent lighting with the newest generation of ECO-friendly lighting most people have still yet to experience, overhead LED bay lighting. There is no description for the pain these lights cause me. As all of our new computer monitors change to LED back lighting, smart phones , street lights, local businesses and car lights gradually change over to LED lighting my life is rapidly becoming reclusive. I have hoarded incandescent light bulbs because of the light bulb legislation and I continue to rack up medical bills desperately searching for an explanation. I am blessed to have been approved for short term disability however I am holding my breath each time it needs to be re-approved. Where will I work if I cannot return to my current career? Where will LED lights and computer monitors not be used?
Since September of 2012 when these LED lights became apart of my everyday life, making it impossible for me to function at work, I have been researching, making phone calls and quite honestly slowly going into debt. This is how we have come to the creation of this website. It is my desire to not only continue my search for answers but to share what I have learned and for others to share what they have learned as well. There are many topics to light sensitivity and many people with varying degrees of sensitivity to different types of light, this journey is complicated and long so look for posts forthcoming. The topics are many and the information, links to articles, conversations with medical experts and various other people experiencing the same issue are ongoing. I will try to keep my editorials concise and to the point with the most relevant information I have found to date.
While I work on making this site user friendly and figuring out how to create tabs and provide link’s for everyone please join in the discussion or simply tell your story!
Peace and happiness,