Unveiling Hidden Dangers: Understanding Infrared Light and Its Impact on Eye and Skin Health


While we often focus on the well-known risks of ultraviolet (UV) light, the damaging effects of infrared (IR) light on eye and skin health often go unnoticed. In our quest to understand light’s impact on our eyes, it’s essential to recognize IR light’s influence. Unlike UV light, which grabs headlines for its harmful effects, IR light quietly impacts our eyes and overall well-being. Let’s delve into its potential effects, particularly its heat-inducing properties, and discover how Zenni’s innovative EyeQLenz offers protection against its potentially hazardous effects.

Unseen Threats: Infrared Light and Eye Health

Infrared light, with wavelengths longer than visible light, is often associated with warmth and heat. Despite its seemingly harmless nature, prolonged exposure to infrared (IR) radiation can pose significant risks to eye health. A recent study on rabbits’ lenses exposed to 808-nm IR revealed compelling findings. The radiation, absorbed and transformed into heat within the iris, was conducted to the lens, ultimately leading to cataract development. This study sheds light on a potential correlation between IR exposure and cataracts, underscoring the pivotal role of IR’s thermal effects in potentially exacerbating this eye condition.


Revealing the Hidden Dangers: Infrared Light and Skin Health

Another recent study highlighted the detrimental effects of infrared (IR) light exposure on human skin. It uncovered potential hazards like thermal burns, premature aging, and increased damage to cellular DNA. These effects primarily stem from tissue heating, emphasizing the need for proactive photoprotective measures against IR exposure. As the delicate skin around the eyes may be particularly vulnerable, this study serves as a reminder to safeguard our skin health against IR light’s hidden risks.

EyeQLenz: The Lens That Does it All

At Zenni, we prioritize the health and well-being of our customers, particularly when it comes to safeguarding their eyes. The EyeQLenz exemplifies our commitment by offering comprehensive protection, including UV defense, blue light filtration, and innovative light adaptive features. Moreover, it integrates state-of-the-art anti-infrared technology.


Tackling the Thermal Impact

Numerous studies suggest that the adverse effects of infrared radiation stem from the thermal effects generated as a result of exposure, rather than solely from the infrared radiation itself. We put our EyeQLenz to the test and found that after several minutes of being exposed to an infrared heat lamp, glasses equipped with EyeQLenz technology maintained a temperature of approximately 6 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the standard lens. This cooling effect can potentially mitigate the thermal impact of infrared radiation on the eyes and the delicate skin surrounding them, enhancing overall protection.

Navigating the complexities of modern life requires prioritizing eye health. With Zenni’s EyeQLenz, you can shield your eyes from invisible threats such as infrared radiation and other harmful light sources. Experience enhanced clarity and confidence knowing you have optimal eye protection. Choose EyeQLenz from Zenni and see the world anew, free from the worries of hazards to your eye health.

Horton L, Brady J, Kincaid CM, Torres AE, Lim HW. The effects of infrared radiation on the human skin. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2023; 39: 549-555. doi:10.1111/phpp.12899 

Tsutomu, O., et al. Cataract formation by near-infrared radiation in rabbits. Photochemistry and Photobiology. 2020; 97 (2): 372-376. https://doi.org/10.1111/php.13342

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Alyssa Buchanan

Dr. Alyssa Buchanan is an optometrist based in Lubbock, Texas. She received her doctorate from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and has practiced in various settings including Fort Cavazos where she provided eye care for deploying soldiers. Dr. Buchanan has since received her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and continues to strive to provide top-notch eyecare and make a meaningful impact in the eyecare industry.