BRAND’S Eye Health Talk: What Blue Light Does To Your Eyes, And How To Get Enough Lutein

Brand's Eye Talk 2017

At BRAND’S recent eye health talk, held in partnership with StarHub, I came to realize new things about eye health I didn’t know before. For instance, that I can go for Lasik surgery a second time – which would be great since my myopia (with astigmatism) symptoms are back again, about 7 years after I had Lasik done. And for the rest of the audience, what probably came as a revelation to most is that we don’t have to wait for cataracts to “ripen” and risk complications in the process, the role our diet plays in promoting eye health, and what Lutein and Zeaxanthin are and how important it is to have them in our diet to combat digital eye strain because of the blue light from the environment and our increased usage of digital devices. Read on for my 5 takeaways from the session, and find out how you can win BRAND’S new Lutein Essence (which I’ve tried and enjoyed) from my giveaway.

Finding out I need glasses again… (>_<)

Brand's Eye Talk

Doesn’t come as a surprise since we can’t escape from all sources of blue light…

blue light


Here are my 5 takeaways from the talk which featured 3 speakers: a prominent ophthalmologist, a nutritionist and BRAND’S own scientist:

Dr Leonard Ang

#1: Dr Leonard Ang: Don’t wait for cataracts to “ripen”

There is no age restriction, so you can go for the surgery even if you are 80 or 90 years old. The treatment is permanent too, unlike glaucoma which requires constant maintenance. But the key is to get it done early, so it doesn’t lead to complications in later stages.

And if you’re wondering how prevalent this is, well, more than 30% of people in Singapore, age 45 and above, have some form of cataract. This figure goes up to a stunning 80% for people over 60!

#2: Apart from taking breaks, there are many other ways to combat Digital Eye Strain

Digital Eye Strain

Just 2 consecutive hours on a digital device can cause eye strain and fatigue! And I do often spend more than 2 hours in front of my laptop. 😦 That blue light can also increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which slowly leads to a loss of vision. I’m definitely worried. While cataract surgery is safe and fast (10 – 20 minutes) these days, I do want to keep my eyes healthy for as long as possible to avoid multiple surgeries, especially if I’m getting Lasik done again. <- The tearing and discomfort is not something I look forward to.

#3: Julina Halim: We don’t get enough Lutein in our diet

Julina Halim

Lutein goes directly to your eyes, and is concentrated in the macula. Unfortunately we don’t consume enough of it. We need about 6mg a day, but we get only about 2mg (or less) from the food we eat, but supplements can provide up to 10mg. Having too much fibre in your diet, however, slows down the absorption of Vitamin A and carotenoids, impacting the absorption of lutein in food.

#4: Block blue light and prevent incident cataracts with sufficient intake of Lutein + Zeaxanthin

filtering blue light

In a decade or so, I might be one of those folks having cataracts and considering surgery options. So what I can do now is to take care of my eyes by having adequate eye breaks from digital devices (follow the 20-20-20 rule Dr Ang recommends), wear sunglasses when I’m outdoors, and have a pair of glasses which blocks blue light for when I’m facing digital screens. I used to own a pair that was sold at Watsons, and I’ve indeed realized my eyes get tired less quickly when I’m wearing them. But after they were dropped and broke, I’ve yet to replace them.

Getting enough Lutein from my diet is also important, so dark green leafy vegetables like kale are now appearing on the dinner table. If I’m eating out, then a supplement would definitely come in handy.

#5: BRAND’S, long known for their chicken essence, now has a Lutein Essence too

Brands Lutein Essence Singapore

Apart from Lutein and Zeaxanthin, there’s also Vitamin E in that petite bottle. You’ll only need to drink one bottle of Lutein Essence a day, with or after your meal. Each bottle has 10mg of Lutein, which is more than enough for your daily requirement. So don’t worry about needing to drink it 3 times a day with each meal (because you don’t have to).

Dr Tan Zhen Wei from BRAND’S Health Supplement Division also shared that you can get Lutein and Zeaxanthin from the food you eat, if you consume enough of them, which can be anything from 80g of spinach to 84 eggs…

lutein and zeaxanthin in food


Brands Lutein Essence

I’m picking 3 winners to each take home TWO boxes of Lutein Essence (worth $45.20).

Head over to my Facebook page for the giveaway! πŸ™‚


lutein essence promo code

58 thoughts on “BRAND’S Eye Health Talk: What Blue Light Does To Your Eyes, And How To Get Enough Lutein

    • I don’t think so. There are special glasses which are meant to block blue light from digital screens, so even young kids can wear them while using the computer. πŸ™‚ Get a pair. It’s a good investment. πŸ™‚

    • Ooo icic.. ok, will check with optician on the glasses which block blue light from computers when I get a new reading glasses. πŸ™‚

  1. Thank you Grace Tan for the generous giveaway!!
    I hope to win this Lutien Essence and share with my dearest wife, Angel Inoran so as to keep our eyes healthy.
    Liked & shared! γ€€

  2. BRAND’S Health Supplement can get Lutein and Zeaxanthin from the food that i eat, if i consume enough of them. Hope to try πŸ˜‰

  3. Can’t wait to pamper my mom with a BRAND’S Lutein Essence as her eyesight is deteriorating more and more as she got older. She is actually blind on one eye I wish to win this for her to maintain the health of her right eye which still can see.

    • Best to get an eye health check to prevent further deterioration. Dr Leonard Ang might be able to help your mom. Just google his name and contact him. πŸ™‚

    • Best to get an eye health check to prevent further deterioration. Dr Leonard Ang might be able to help your mom. Just google his name and contact him. πŸ™‚

  4. Hurray! This is awesome nutrition for our strained eyes (: Thanks for the giveaway! liked and shared on Facebook too. Name: Isabel Ong

  5. An informative article! I realise I have been neglecting my eyes and taking them for granted! It’s the festive season and the best time to stock up on Brand’s Lutein Essence for some self- love.

  6. Working for long hours on the computer is really hurting my eyesight, BRAND’S Lutein Essence will definitely give my eye health a much needed boost

  7. 1) I went for LASIK 5 years ago but only recently starts to feel my eyes very dry but after using eye drop,the relief is temporary.What can be done to relieve my dry eye problem?

    2) My mum and sister have glucoma and is it hereditary and can it be prevented?

    3) My diabetic mum (87 years old) is diagnosed with muscular degeneration can she go for surgery because I understand can go blind just like my late grandfather.

    I am thinking of buying this new BRAND ESSENCE with Lutein but hope to win to try out first for myself because I am worried it may be too sweet for my diabetic mum.

    • I won’t be able to answer your questions, but perhaps you can look for Dr Leonard Ang and ask him. Just Google his name to find him. πŸ™‚ All the best in the contest then. πŸ™‚

  8. thanks for the your sharing info… sharing is caring. hope i am the lucky ine to win the co test giveaway.

  9. Hye there!!.. your GiveAway posting on FB bring me here.. what a great article.. i was thinking to do a laser surgery for my eyes.. but will consider to think again.. hehe Thx anyway~

  10. Interesting read! Eyes oh eyes…
    Hoping to share this giveaway with my sister.
    FB Katherine Au

  11. Thank you for the informative comments on eye care in this age of smartphones and internet and it seems the 2 most important substances our eyes need areΒ Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

    • And we also need to block the blue light and UV rays too. But because our eyes are so important, we have to protect them well. πŸ™‚

  12. I wanna share the essence with my husband as he is always on the laptop working and he is always complaining that his eyes are tired, blurry and hurting. Guess this is a prefect present to him on Christmas day

  13. I’d love to try this! I’m short-sighted and only until after my eyesight gets worse that I realize how important it is to take care of our eyes.

  14. Great info, thanks for sharing
    I wear spectacles all my life as I don’t have good eyesight & its deteriorating over the years. Eyes is the most important part of me & I want to have good eye health. I would like to share the lutein essence with my wife.

    • Wow. Best to have your dad see a doctor. This product is not meant to treat any particular condition. It is a good supplement for eye health, that’s all.

  15. Thanks for the generous give-away. I didn’t know there are glasses at Watsons that can help to block blue light….now that I know, I am going to hunt for a pair myself πŸ™‚

    • Yup, I believe they are from the brand Energeyes eyewear. Can check online which Watsons outlets carry their stock. Not all branches have them.

  16. It’s an interesting read for sure! I’ve been having so much screen time that my eyesight worsened considerably this year! Hope to win the giveaway πŸ™‚

  17. What an insightful post! I didn’t know that we don’t have to wait for cataracts to “ripen” before considering the surgery option… ’til I read this!

  18. Good and helpful article! Didn’t know blue light can cause so much harm to our eyes! >.<

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