'Looking At Red Light For 3 Minutes A Day Reduces Vision Loss'

According to research by the Institute of Ophthalmolology at UCL (University College London), it was discovered that looking at red light for 3 minutes each day reduces vision loss, especially at an advanced age.

A study in the UK has discovered important information to prevent vision loss due to Old Age. According to the study, looking at a red light for a few minutes each day can prevent vision loss due to Old Age. Red light has been discovered to stimulate mitochondria, which we might call batteries of cells, according to this new study, which could lead to the development of new treatment methods for diseases such as Parkinson's and diabetes.

The study, published in the Journal of Gerontology, used 12 female and 12 male subjects ranging in age from 28 to 72 to try out the concept. These volunteers were given a flashlight that emits red light at a wavelength of 670 nanometers. This given wavelength lies at the end of the visible spectrum, just below the wavelength of infrared light that the human eye cannot see.

They looked at the red light for 3 minutes every day

24 volunteers looked at the red light for 3 minutes with the flashlight given to them each day for this experiment. The cone functions of the volunteers, who were asked to read into low-contrast letters while looking at this light, were measured. Apart from this, the experts, who asked subjects to select light signals in the Dark, also checked the bar sensitivity of the eyes in this way.

What is cone and Rod sensitivity?

The cone is a name given to cells located at the back of the retina that are sensitive to red, Yesil and blue colors. These cone cells include rod cells that are more sensitive to light, but color-blind.

How did the experiment work out?

After these experiments, an increase in the visual quality of the subjects was observed. An average 14 percent improvement was observed in the sensitivity of the participants -- cone color contrast sensitivity -- while the sensitivity of the volunteers, who were over 40, increased by 20 percent. People in this age group also experienced a significant increase in the bar threshold, i.e., the ability to see in low light.

This experiment improved the vision quality of people in the older age group in general, while in individuals in the younger age group, this progression remained minimal. Prof. Glen Jeffrey said, " the Retina is the fastest aging organ in our body. From an evolutionary point of view it has never been over 40 years old,” he said. Experts say that people's organs age prematurely and that there must be ways to strengthen those organs. We will see together what steps will be taken in this regard in the coming period.

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