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Are LED Light Masks Harmful To Your Eyes

When you use an LED mask, take a look in the mirror and you might feel like you’re wearing a serial killer’s costume. Apparently, it makes sense to laugh at the fact that, yes, you look a little ridiculous with a fancy skincare hockey mask strapped to your head: To protect your eyes, you probably shouldn’t peek while wearing the mask unless you The manufacturers of face masks clearly state that they are safe to use with your eyes open.

LED (Light Emitting Diode) masks are designed to address a range of skin-related issues, including acne and wrinkles. By using them, people hope to achieve skin-care therapeutic benefits that were previously only available in a dermatologist’s office through procedures like red light therapy—these masks use similar technology, just at home. But becoming your own doctor also means considering the potential ophthalmic risks involved with using LED light masks.

When LED masks are used as directed (including wearing goggles, closing your eyes, and properly securing the mask to your face), these devices do not pose a high risk to eye health, said committee member Michele Green, MD: Certification by New York City Cosmetic dermatologists tell us. “However, incorrect use of LED light masks can cause eye damage due to accumulated light exposure or overload,” she adds. Basically, the key is to make sure you don’t accidentally blow out your eyes by using the mask incorrectly or for too long.

Study shows risks of using LED lights near eyes

Unfortunately, we largely lack large-scale, randomized clinical trials or rigorous peer-reviewed studies to provide definitive conclusions about whether at-home LED masks pose a risk to eye health, and if so, to what extent. A 2020 case report, a scientific exploration of a single person’s experience, linked “prolonged” blue-light LED mask exposure to retinal damage and concluded that people should cover their eyes when using LED masks. (FYI: Some masks use this type of light, which studies show can help treat acne.) That said… Another small report links red LED therapy to potential eye benefits, For example, treating macular degeneration. So the risk versus reward here is really unclear.

From what we know so far, this appears to depend on a person’s preexisting risk for light-related eye problems. In 2019, Neutrogena issued a statement saying it was voluntarily recalling its light therapy “out of an abundance of caution” due to a “theoretical risk of eye injury” to people with certain eye conditions or ocular photosensitivity. Masks and activators. It states that these products are safe for the general population if used correctly.

Likewise, some masks currently on the market discourage their use if you know you have sensitive eyes. According to the Cleveland Clinic, ocular photosensitivity, or photophobia, has been linked to a variety of conditions, including certain allergies, albinism, and migraines. Relieving the symptoms of photophobia involves avoiding unnatural light, so if you have sensitive eyes or a condition that may cause photophobia, it’s a good idea to discuss with your optometrist or ophthalmologist whether wearing an LED mask is right for you.

How to protect your eyes when using LED light masks

Dr. Green points out that you can choose a device that has been specifically approved for use by the FDA, which you can find on the packaging or on the manufacturer’s website, meaning the agency has decided that the benefits of a given product’s technical use outweigh its potential risks, Many popular masks on the market are FDA approved, such as our SGROW LED masks

User manuals and instructions for LED light masks often contain warning language about potential risks, including risks to your vision. But keep in mind that many products, such as hair dryers, garbage bags, and laundry detergent, come with warnings about incorrect use. If you’re using your mask as directed, is there still reason to worry about your eyes?

Just like your hair dryer is probably safe to use if you follow the precautions on its warning label, so too is the LED light mask and your eye health, for all we know. That said, without reliable clinical trials, there is a non-zero risk to your eyes no matter how safely you use the mask in question. Keep your eyes open to this reality and continue to follow these safety tips. (But…if you want to be extra careful, you might wear the mask with your eyes closed.)

 

1.Do not wear LED face mask too long.

“You should always use an LED light mask as directed and not exceed the recommended treatment duration and frequency,” says Dr. Green. Don’t take longer than the instructions tell you – each session is usually between 10 and 20 minutes, but check the instructions on your device’s instructions.

2.Place it carefully, close your eyes, or use goggles.

“Some devices sit flush with the skin to reduce the chance of light entering the eye directly,” says Dr. Green. If you don’t have one, you can close your eyes if the light feels strong, or even better: “For maximum eye protection when using an LED light mask, you can purchase blackout goggles online to ensure no light penetrates during treatment ,” Dr. Green suggested. Plus, as Arjan Hura, MD, an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon at the Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute in Los Angeles, tells SELF: “Many of these products come with their own blackout or opaque goggles or some kind of eye covering to prevent The light shines.”

 

3.Pay attention to any visual abnormalities during or after use.

If you experience any visual symptoms after using a mask, such as blurred vision or other vision distortions, stop using the mask immediately and see an ophthalmologist.

From there? Wear these bad boys to sneak up on your loved ones and scare them at will. Maybe start by making sure your LED mask is off.

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