College of Optometrists position statement on blue blocking spectacle lenses

20 November 2018
Source: The College of Optometrists

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The best scientific evidence currently available does not support the use of blue-blocking spectacle lenses in the general population to improve visual performance, alleviate the symptoms of eye fatigue or visual discomfort, improve sleep quality or conserve macula health.

How we arrived at this position

We undertook a systematic literature review, with a view to addressing four questions:

• Are blue-blocking spectacle lenses effective in improving visual performance?
• Are blue-blocking spectacle lenses effective in alleviating the symptoms of visual fatigue or discomfort?
• Are there any structural changes in the macula following the intervention?
• Are blue-blocking spectacle lenses effective in improving sleep quality?

We identified three randomised controlled trials in the review. The certainty of evidence using the GRADE approach was considered to be ‘low’ or ‘very low’ for visual performance, eye fatigue and sleep quality. (GRADE: Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation).

No studies reporting on the effects of blue-blocking spectacle lenses on macula health were identified.

Read the full report on the College of Optometrists website

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