Russell & Lazarus August/September 2018

THE HAZARDS OF BLUE LIGHT

Sean is also interested in men’s fashion and will frequently go to thrift stores or swap meets to find vintage clothes that are otherwise unavailable. He is touted as the “best dressed” due to his impeccable sense of style. One of his best finds was a leather Members Only jacket. “I had been looking for one for several years before finally finding one.” Sean also has an impressive vinyl record collection and attends concerts as often as he can. Most important, though, are his friends. “I have the best friends anyone could ask for,” Sean says proudly, “and as a young single person without any family in the area, I love spending as much time with them as possible.” wearing sunglasses, of course. But it’s also a good idea to take precautions to protect your eyes from artificial blue light, especially if your work environment and hobbies expose you to it frequently. These similarities to macular degeneration have scientists worried that our increased exposure to blue light could lead to more cases of it. HOW CAN YOU MINIMIZE EXPOSURE? Many computers and electronic devices have a “night shift” option built into them. Enabling this feature will dim the screen and lower the amount of blue light that your device emits. There are also removable filters you can put on your computer screen. Brands like RetinaShield/Tech Armor and Eyesafe are designed to limit the amount of blue light your eyes are exposed to. To avoid eye strain, talk to your eye doctor about blue light glasses. These tinted glasses, which come in prescription and nonprescription versions, reduce the amount of blue light that reaches your eyes. Remember, blue light itself is just a natural form of light and isn’t inherently bad. During the day, it can even be beneficial to get some natural blue light from sunshine — while

How to Protect Your Eyes and Minimize Exposure

His hobbies include designing and creating woodwork masterpieces, candle making, working with concrete and masonry, gardening, and cooking. “In 2018, I look forward to taking more formal carpentry classes, playing more golf, and doing indoor rock climbing.” He also enjoys pickling vegetables. “I’ll just kind of dabble in anything I find interesting or whatever kind of pops into my head.” Recently, Sean has been unable to indulge in his hobbies as he’s been busy with work and applying to law school. We support his efforts and we know that he will be a great addition to the legal community as an attorney. We foresee that he will accomplish great things in the years to come. Sean’s passion for challenges and his creativity in solving problems is reflected in the projects he takes on. When talking with him about a coffee table project he is working on, Sean told us, “It started out as a headboard for my bed, but it’s a little unwieldy. I got tired of mounting it on the wall, but I didn’t want to get rid of it because I put so much work into it. So I popped a custom glass piece in the middle, and now it’s a coffee table.” The high energy output of blue light and our eyes’ inability to protect the retinas from it appears to cause damage similar to macular degeneration, an eye disease mostly affecting people over 65 that can lead to blindness. WHY ARE EYE DOCTORS WORRIED? Blue light isn’t inherently bad — it’s found in sunlight and lightbulbs — but our increased exposure to it might be. Our eyes are pretty good at blocking UV rays but not so good at blocking blue light. Blue light has a higher energy output than other forms of light, so instead of being filtered by the corneas and lenses, almost all of it reaches the more sensitive retinas.

Sean Goedinghaus is an amazing litigation paralegal who has been with Russell & Lazarus for nearly four years. He’s highly dedicated to his work and is an expert in assisting attorneys with litigation and trial relation matters. Before he began working with Russell & Lazarus, Sean worked for a forensic psychology firm. The transition from this career to becoming a litigation paralegal was engaging and rewarding. “I enjoy the challenges,” Sean explains. “I do trials now and get thrown into these situations where I have to figure out how to get the best outcome.” Most people don’t know Sean has quite a variety of hobbies and interests that make him a very interesting and well-rounded guy. SEAN GOEDINGHAUS A Man of Many Hats TEAM MEMBER FEATURE You may have been warned about blue light and its impending threat to your eyes. It comes from your computer screen, your phone, and even from the sun. Why is this form of light harmful, and how can you keep your eyes safe? IS BLUE LIGHT A NEW THING? Blue light occurs in nature and is nothing new. However, because many electronics emit blue light, it’s more of an issue now than it was just 10 years ago. Backlit LED screens emit strong blue light waves, so our use of devices like cellphones, tablets, and flat-screen TVs means we are exposed to more blue light than ever before.

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