Ocular hazards of blue-light therapy in dermatology

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Jan;66(1):130-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.11.040. Epub 2011 May 4.


Blue-light phototherapy has become important in the treatment of many dermatologic conditions and as a result continue to be developed. Although blue-light therapy is successful, research shows that excessive ocular blue-light exposure may contribute to age-related macular degeneration and other vision problems. As blue-light therapy becomes increasingly more popular for clinical and at-home use, patients and operators of blue-light devices should be aware of its associated ocular hazards. Protective eyewear should be carefully selected and implemented with each therapy session to guard against the development of retinal disease.

MeSH terms

  • Eye / radiation effects*
  • Eye Protective Devices
  • Humans
  • Macular Degeneration / etiology
  • Macular Degeneration / prevention & control
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control
  • Phototherapy / adverse effects*
  • Skin Diseases / therapy*
  • Vision Disorders / etiology
  • Vision Disorders / prevention & control