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Founded 📆March 17, 2014; 10 years ago (2014-03-17) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Founder 👔Justin P. Barrett
Headquarters 🏙️, ,
Number of locations
7 (as of 2021)
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Justin P. Barrett
(Chief Executive Officer)
Paul Herro
(Chief Operating Officer)
Davis Lee
(Chief Strategy Officer)
Number of employees
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Eyesafe, formerly known as Healthe,[1] is an American technology and research company that engineers and designs products that protect users from blue light emitted from digital devices such as smartphones, laptops, computer monitors, televisions, and virtual reality headsets.[2][citation needed]

Company history[edit]

Eyesafe was founded in 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Dr. Steven Moe and Justin P. Barrett, originally under the name SealScreen. After raising a seed round of $1.2 million in initial funding in 2015,[3] the company later changed its name to Digihealth in 2015, to Healthe in 2016, and to Eyesafe in 2020. The company has had several subsequent rounds of private investment. Although still privately held, Eyesafe has become the de facto leader for low blue light mitigation and protection in the electronics industry for having consolidated some of the largest consumer brands such as Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Zagg around its low blue light standard and technology.[4][citation needed] Major panel manufacturers such as BOE, LG Display and others, have begun positioning themselves to sell Eyesafe-enabled technologies to these brands by working with Eyesafe to adjust their supply chains to meet Eyesafe requirements.[citation needed]

Protection against vision damage[edit]

To guard against the retina-damaging effects of blue light,[5] a protective film called Eyesafe has been developed by Healthe. Likened to "sunscreen for eyes", the film creates a selective barrier over digital screens that prevents blue light from reaching the user's eyes.[6] The company produces products with a variety of retina protection factors (RPF), which block different amounts of blue light.[7][citation needed]

Eyesafe products include screen covers, glass, and virtual reality headsets. Eyesafe films have been created for Apple and Samsung smartphones and tablets.[8] In 2017, Eyesafe worked with Mattel to provide Eyesafe protective films for 75,000 children's tablets.[6] Eyesafe works with ZAGG to provide Eyesafe technology to InvisibleShield screen protection products.[9]

Eyesafe and child safety[edit]

Eyesafe is a partner of Prevent Blindness, a patient advocate organization formed in 1908 to combat preventable blindness in children. In 2015, Prevent Blindness announced that "[t]hrough this new partnership, Healthe will donate a portion of the sales of its EyeSafe products... to Prevent Blindness in support of its children’s eye health programs and resources."[10] In 2015, a Minneapolis private school, Benilde-St. Margaret's, installed Eyesafe films on the laptops and smartphones of its journalism students in 2015.[7][dead link] In October 2020, UnitedHealthcare, a division of UnitedHealth Group, launched a vision program in collaboration with Eyesafe aimed at helping children across the country reduce their exposure to blue light and support their overall eye health, addressing the unique eye-health challenges young people may face amid COVID-19.[11]

Adoption of Eyesafe technology[edit]

In August 2018, Eyesafe formed a partnership with ZAGG to integrate Eyesafe technology into its line of InvisibleShield screen protection products.[12] In October 2018, Eyesafe and TÜV Rheinland announced a new standard for blue light certification of digital device screen protection.[13]

In May 2019, the Eyesafe announced a partnership with Dell Technologies to have its low blue light blocking technology featured in a variety of Dell's premium laptop products including certain products across its Dell XPS, Alienware, and Dell G Series.[14][15]

In June 2020, BOE Technology, the world's largest manufacturer of digital displays [16] announced that its first panels had met Eyesafe's display certification the requirements for low blue light and color performance, enabling BOE to supply consumer electronics brands, such as Dell, that had begun folding in Eyesafe's requirements into their product roadmaps.[17] In September 2020, computer brands Lenovo, HP, and Acer announced that they were releasing new Eyesafe-enabled consumer and gaming products across their notebook and monitors business lines.[18][19]

At CES 2021, the annual Consumer Electronics Show, LG Display announced the launch of the world's first Eyesafe television display,[20][21] signalling that its premium television lines would now have Eyesafe low blue light protections embedded in its panels.[22] Also at CES 2021, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Acer Inc. made major announcements relating to Eyesafe. Dell announced that its Dell XPS premium laptop line was now 100% Eyesafe[23] after gradually expanding the range of products that met the requirements.[24] HP announced that its M24f, M27f, and M32f monitors would be the are the world’s first Eyesafe certified monitors made from recycled ocean plastics.[25] Lenovo senior executive Stefan Engel announced that within a few years, 100% of Lenovo's monitors business would be using Eyesafe technology for blue light mitigation.[26] Additionally, Acer Inc. announced that its Predator gaming monitor lineup would be 100% Eyesafe at CES 2021.[citation needed]

Industry consolidation around the Eyesafe standard[edit]

At a CES 2021 event moderated by CNN journalist Arick Wierson on the future of display,TÜV Rheinland senior executive Kalyan Varma told the audience that TÜV Rheinland, the world's largest independent third-party certification body, would begin consolidating all low blue light certifications in the industry around the Eyesafe standard by the end of 2021,[27] a move that would consolidate the electronics industry around a single low blue light standard.


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  19. Eyesafe. "Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer to Announce New Eyesafe Products at the Blue Light Summit 2020 Presented by UnitedHealthcare, Eyesafe and TÜV Rheinland". Retrieved 2021-03-27.
  20. "Introducing 'The World's First Eyesafe Certified TV Display' | Radio & Television Business Report". January 12, 2021.
  21. "LG Unveils World's First Eyesafe-Certified TV Display Ahead of CES 2021". NDTV Gadgets 360.
  22. "LG shows off the world's first Eyesafe certified TV display". SlashGear. January 7, 2021.
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  25. Medley, Sam. "HP's M-Series FHD monitors are the world's first Eyesafe certified displays made from recycled plastic". Notebookcheck.
  26. "Stefan Engel, VP & GM, Visuals Business Lenovo | CES 2021 from Blue Light Summit on Vimeo".
  27. "G. KALYAN VARMA VP TÜV Rheinland | CES 2021 from Blue Light Summit on Vimeo".

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