Eyecare providers criticized for blue light claims
Optical services chains in the United Kingdom are misleading customers about filters to screen out blue light from electronic devices, according to the BBC.
Boots Opticians and Vision Express both claim that the filters protect against retinal damage despite a lack of evidence, the news service said in a recent press release.
The BBC sent members of its investigative team, One Watchdog, to pose as customers shopping for spectacles in 5 branches of each of the chains.
“Undercover video footage shows dispensing opticians making unproven health claims about the effects of blue light including eye strain, fatigue, headaches and drowsiness,” the BBC said in a press release.
The team counted six health claims reported across these ten stores that experts have told the programme are not backed up with evidence.
“In some branches of Boots, dispensing opticians can be seen providing frightening advice about blue light from electronic devices, claiming that it can cause serious harm to our eyes,” the BBC reports.
“In fact, one Boots branch made a severe claim stating that the ‘dangerous’ blue violet light kills the retinal cells at the back of your eyes,” the press release says.
According to the BBC, Boots offered to sell its Protect Plus Blue lenses for an extra £70 and Vision Express offered a similar product for an extra £50.