Escalation of eye diseases has been caused by a 300% increase globally of myopia (short-sightedness) over the past 30 years along with an ageing population prone to macular degeneration (MD; degeneration of the macular region of the retina, which can cause untreatable blindness). Importantly, due to increasing longevity in developed nations, MD accounts for the most common cause of legal blindness in the population over the age of 60 years.
A novel LED lighting design has been formulated to
trigger the necessary neurological effects of sunlight to retard myopia at the retinal level. This
was conceived by Sydney optometrist Stephen Mason.
Mason has furthermore modified the emission spectra of this technology, removing the noxious wavelengths (so-called high-energy visible (blue/violet) (HEV)) so that any room or building so equipped becomes a significantly safer lighting environment for our eyes, noting that HEV has been identified as a contributor to the development of MD.
processor-controlled or ‘tuned’ LED lighting with LightSafe parameters reduces myopia and myopic progression over time—a solution for schools, universities and office environments
LightSafe modifies the wavelength of light from LEDs needed to trigger the important neurological cascade that slows myopia and supports our circadian rhythm without risk to retinal health.
More than wice as efficient as flourescent lights. Additionally, LED lighting can be dimmed without flicker and adjusted for brightness and colour temperature - an important feature for myopia control.
Whiter and brighter lighting has a profound benefit for school children in raising alertness for learning and exams. Importantly, LightSafe combines the benefits of this with software control (and safer emission spectra) to change the whiteness and brightness of the lighting during the day to stay in harmony with the natural circadian rhythm.
Mason and his team have extensive connections to the research, education, and LED marketing and distribution community, including:
Ian Hutchinson has been a professional Company Director for over 20 years of both listed and non listed companies across a broad range of industries and was Chairman and Senior Partner of one of Australia’s largest law firms , Freehills ( now Herbert Smith Freehills )
Stephen has been in private practise for more than twenty years. He graduated from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has been an invited lecturer at both Optometry conferences in Australia and post-graduate students at UNSW. Stephen has patents in biometrics, personal identification and security. And recently, has developed new and patented IP in the area of LED lighting and prevention of myopia and macular degeneration.