As we spend more and more time using electronic devices like TVs for entertainment, we gradually expose ourselves to greater amounts of blue light. Blue light is a color on the visible light spectrum that has high amounts of energy and isn’t effectively filtered by the human eye, and as a result of this, there may be potential risks to our health. Research has shown that too much screen time and blue light can result in irritation of the eyes, and contribute to headaches and blurred vision. Notably, it can also make it harder for you to fall asleep, cause you to wake up frequently during the night, and affect your productivity and focus the next day. These effects can negatively impact anyone, but since their eyes are still developing, children are particularly susceptible to blue light exposure.
While all electronic devices put out some blue light, some emit more — or less — than others. This is where OLED TVs shine, as compared to traditional LCD panels, OLEDs emit significantly less blue light. This is because LCDs use a backlight to illuminate their pixels that’s constantly on, while the pixels on OLEDs produce light themselves, and only light up when necessary. This advantage, as well as the fact that OLED TVs meet the most rigorous standards for blue light emissions, makes them a favorite of the Eyesafe Vision Health Advisory Board. This board is composed of optometrists and ophthalmologists that specialize in eye and vision health.
It’s important to note that these benefits come at zero cost to image quality, and in fact, OLEDs actually look even better than LCD TVs in the majority of cases. This is because the “halo effect,” in which light objects unnaturally brighten the area around them on the screen, cannot occur on an OLED. Additionally, OLEDs also have deeper contrast ratios than LCDs do, resulting in deeper blacks and a sharper, cleaner image overall.
The best OLED TVs available on the market are those made with panels from LG Display. This is because they are the only TVs that are Eyesafe Certified, which guarantees that the TV in question emits a low amount of blue light while still maintaining superb color accuracy. The certification process is handled by the renowned testing firm TÜV Rheinland (opens in new tab), ensuring that these TVs are rigorously tested before finding their way to your living room.
Because of how much less blue light they emit compared to LCD TVs, LG Display’s OLED screens are strongly recommended by the Eyesafe Vision Health Advisory Board. Acclaimed ophthalmologist Vance Thompson, for example, has endorsed them as leading options for folks looking to reduce their exposure to blue light.
“Many studies suggest that blue light exposure contributes to red irritated eyes and trouble sleeping,” says Vance Thompson, MD. “We don’t have all the research yet to know what that may mean for our eyes or health. Reducing daily exposure is a good start, and OLED Eyesafe TVs give off significantly less blue light than other TVs in the market.”
If you’d like to learn more about LG Display’s Eyesafe Certified OLED TVs and see how you can get one for yourself, refer to the Eyesafe OLED webpage (opens in new tab) for further details. Additionally, you should follow Eyesafe on Facebook (opens in new tab) for more information as well.