Astaxanthin: Smartphone Bodyguard

Chen Ying-Shan MD speaks at the 40th Meeting of the Royal College of Opthalmologist of Thailand.

Smartphones has emerged in today’s modern society as an important and widely used device. In close relation, the medical attention for potential long-term chronic eyes damages from smartphone usage have also risen.

Shorter visual distance and LED monitor blue light overexposure are some of causes driving many discussions on potential degenerative effects and diseases, which may be associated with the increased usage of smartphones. There are medical reports concerning the consequences of smartphone-dependent overloading activities. Consequences include dry eye formation, early lens opacity, ciliary muscle spasm, and macular potential damages. The increasing incidence of such diseases in our society will ultimately induce an epidemic health care problem.

Astaxanthin(AX), a form of Carotenoid, also referred to as a xanthophyll, possesses strong antioxidation properties that could meet the need of defending oxidation stress in the eye. Furthermore, due to its easy resident in muscle tissue, AX has been reported to have an ocular accommodation improvement effect. It is also considered as a substance to help with asthenopia recovery and could contribute to the improvement of blood circulation in peripheral systems. Due to the well-known effects of helping eyes in many ocular structures, AX is a superlative bodyguard to prevent smartphone eye damages.