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T35 Summer Research Lecture Series What is Blue Light? Is it Harmful? Is it Needed?

Please join us as Dr. James Sheedy from Pacific University College of Optometry presents, “What is Blue Light? Is It Harmful? Is It Needed?” The lecture will take place on June 28th at 5:30 as part of the T35 Summer Research Lecture Series.

A wine and cheese reception will take place in Clausen Room immediately following the lecture.

Abstract: Blue light comprises the shorter wavelengths that typically cause us to see “blue”.  The tissue (retina) damaging effects of these wavelengths are reviewed.  Also, blue light has other effects upon vision such as circadian rhythm entrainment and location ability – these are parts of our unconscious vision.  Blue light also may have effects upon emmetropization and be involved in myopia development. The clinician can balance the tissue-damaging and other effects of blue light.

Please direct any questions to Emily Summers at

Research Lecture Series

The Research Lecture Series invites recognized vision scientists to present their latest research. These presentations are followed by discussions and informal receptions, allowing the College community an opportunity to become better acquainted with researchers and projects in other laboratories. The T35 Summer Research Lecture series supports the T35 Summer Research program for optometry students.