Is Cell Phone Radiation Bad For Your Eyes?

Our eyes are one of our most important assets.  For many of us a significant part of the information our brains receive comes through our eyes.

Can electromagnetic field exposures (EMFs) from cell phones and the like cause damage to our eyes?

cell phone radiation eye cancerYes they can. The use of cell phones has been linked to cancer of the eye by a German study.  Another study has shown that these microwave exposures can cause cataracts.

Besides the development of eye cancer, cell phone radiation can also be responsible for the formation of cataracts.  Burning of the eyes, pain behind the eyes, ‘floaters’ (actually little bits of gel that detach themselves from the inside of the eye and float around), and a general deterioration of the vision are all hallmarks of damage caused by cell phone radiation.

Tips To Reduce Cell Phone Radiation Exposure To Your Eyes

1. Try whenever possible, to use a land line phone instead of a cell phone.  This will be easiest when you are at home, only using a cell phone when absolutely necessary will cut back on your exposure to this damaging radiation. Click here for my tips on reducing your exposure to cell phone radiation.

2. There are herbal products that offer protection from the effects of cell phone radiation and keep your eyes healthy.  Both bilberry and ginko biloba are powerful antioxidants.  These herbs are especially good at preventing and healing damage to the eyes, and bilberry can help to increase blood flow to the eye’s capillaries, which will help to heal any damage caused by radiation.  The ability to perform as an antioxidant is also important in cleaning up any abnormal cells that may result from cell phone use.

3. If you wear eyeglasses like me, make sure that the frames are plastic rather than wire, the metal in the wire frame can act as an antenna.  Like a radio or television antenna, this antenna can direct the cell phone radiation into your eyes and brain.

4. The mineral zinc has many beneficial uses for the body in general and can be particularly helpful in maintaining high levels of antioxidants in the eyes.  I don't advocate taking supplements on a long term basis, but taking zinc can be beneficial.

5. Increase your melatonin levels. You can take melatonin supplements but better still, help your body create the conditions so a natural supply of melatonin is assured.

There are those that advocate using EMF “chips”, “neutralizers” and “harmonizers” to gain protection from EMF radiation.  Some of these devices are meant to be worn others you plug into your electrical supply, to supposedly protect yourself from cell phone radiation and other forms of EMF pollution. I DO NOT view these kinds of devices as a solution – some of them can be dangerous.

Take the necessary action to protect you and your family against the devastating effects of cell phone radiation and other EMFs on your eyes.  Everyone, even if you do not personally use a cell phone, is exposed to EMFs whether it be from computer screens, wifi, cell phone towers, electrical wiring etc.

Take action now, protect your eyes from EMFs.

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  • Bren said,

    I believe that my vision has been deteriorating over the past three years since I first got my iPhone 3Gs. Because of my nearsightedness, reading in bed at night without my lenses, I enjoyed being able to hold the phone close to my face and read small type in pages in the web browser. I believe doing so has caused the mild tolerable floaters I had been tolerating to become so severe that they interfere with my ability to read. The prescription for my left eye, which had been stable at around -6.00 changed to -8.00 in my latest prescription, and that is still not strong enough. I came to this story searching for information about my condition and, I decided to post my experience as a caution to others to turn others to turn off the radios in the phone when reading with the phone held close to the face.

  • Lloyd said,

    Also relevant in your case is the fact that you were exposing yourself to these EMFs in the evening. Any kind of EMF exposure, even bright light, in the evening can perturb your hormal functions and particularly the secretion of melatonin, this alone can have a significant impact on your health in the long term, see
    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Bren said,

    I saw my optometrist, and he was vehement that there is no connection between cell phone radiation and any problems with the eyes. He “gets all the studies” and has never seen anything to suggest a problem. He said my vision problems are just from aging. Now that I’ve stopped reading with the phone near my eyes, if my vision stops getting worse, or even improves, I think I’ll have a better case for their being a problem with cell phones.

  • Lloyd said,

    There are studies that show a relationship between EMF exposures and adverse effects on the eyes (like the one referenced above), but more research does need to be done…independant research. When you take what we already know about the adverse biological effects of EMFs, the thousands of studies (see its difficult to see that eyesight would not be affected.

  • Shai said,

    Hi all.
    I believe last week I have experienced
    a phenomena related to EMF exposure.
    I was in a middle of a voice lesson
    inside a basement, as I got a call in
    my S-3 smartphone. I did not answer that call,
    but a few minutes later I recalled to hear
    the voice message.
    Just a few seconds after the recall, a huge number
    of eye floaters came up in my left eye !!!
    I had small retinal tears a few months ago
    caused accidently by a medium feast, and followed
    by mild floaters that almost vanished a few
    weeks later.

    Any additional “wisdom” about this subject ?


  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Shai
    Given all that we already know about the profound effects of EMF exposures its difficult to image how these exposures couldn’t be detrimental to our eyes. As the recently published BioInitiative Report 2012 says “If the blood-brain barrier is vulnerable to serious and on-going damage from wireless exposures, then we should perhaps also be looking at the blood-ocular barrier (that protects the eyes)”

  • Kathy said,

    I have very healthy eyes and great vision UNTIL recently! Two years ago I purchased a cell phone. I just purchased reading glasses to put in key rooms in my house. I have GREAT difficulty reading small print, now! I even wear my glasses to use the computer. In addition, my left eye feels like there is a grain of sand (boulder) on the iris. Every time I blink it is irritating my eyelid. After reading this, I realize my left eye is reacting from the EMF’s from my cell phone, which I ALWAYS hold to my LEFT ear so I can write, cook, drive with my right hand. THANK YOU for this valuable information!!!!!!

  • Lee said,

    Lloyd, your willingness to educate the public on EMF dangers is marvelous and needed! Thank you.

    In regard to eye health, you’ve mentioned some great anti-oxidents. I’d like to add another: astaxanthin.
    I first learned about astaxanthin in this video of Dr. Mercola interviewing an astaxanthin grower who has published literature on its anti-oxident efficacy.

    Additionally, this article from the Mercola site discusses astaxanthin as helping to protect from some forms of radiation damage:

    It’s true that Dr. Mercola sells astaxanthin, but the information presented appears to be scientific. After seeing the video interview, I researched the grower featured in it, and ended up purchasing astaxanthin from his site. My floater issues have diminished significantly since I began taking a daily dose of 12 mg. around 90 days ago.

  • Tantra Bensko said,

    I’d imagine that using a laptop all day long, close up to the face, would have effects on the eyes too, maybe even more than cell phones?

    Horrible to realize that about the wire in glasses, but of course it makes sense. Thank you as always for your astute observations and clear, unbiased recommendations.

  • hector quevedo said,

    Lloyd, I feel very proud about your concern of telling people of the dangers of electromagnetic radiation.

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