Violet Light Exposure Can Be a Preventive Strategy Against Myopia Progression

EBioMedicine. 2017 Feb;15:210-219. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.12.007. Epub 2016 Dec 16.


Prevalence of myopia is increasing worldwide. Outdoor activity is one of the most important environmental factors for myopia control. Here we show that violet light (VL, 360-400nm wavelength) suppresses myopia progression. First, we confirmed that VL suppressed the axial length (AL) elongation in the chick myopia model. Expression microarray analyses revealed that myopia suppressive gene EGR1 was upregulated by VL exposure. VL exposure induced significantly higher upregulation of EGR1 in chick chorioretinal tissues than blue light under the same conditions. Next, we conducted clinical research retrospectively to compare the AL elongation among myopic children who wore eyeglasses (VL blocked) and two types of contact lenses (partially VL blocked and VL transmitting). The data showed the VL transmitting contact lenses suppressed myopia progression most. These results suggest that VL is one of the important outdoor environmental factors for myopia control. Since VL is apt to be excluded from our modern society due to the excessive UV protection, VL exposure can be a preventive strategy against myopia progression.

Keywords: Axial length; Myopia; Outdoors; Refraction; Ultraviolet light; Violet light.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Chickens
  • Child
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Disease Progression
  • Eyeglasses
  • Gene Expression
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Humans
  • Light*
  • Male
  • Myopia / diagnosis*
  • Myopia / etiology
  • Myopia / therapy*
  • Phototherapy*
  • Refraction, Ocular
  • Sunlight
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultraviolet Rays