Belgium-based Lucimed has launched a new light therapy device, Luminette, a portable solution for people suffering from seasonally induced issues.
Currently available in Europe, the new light therapy glasses provide relief from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sleep disorders and circadian rhythm issues such as jet lag and shift work.
Luminette was developed after four years of university research and clinical trials.
Compared to traditional light therapy devices, which require users to remain stationary in front of a lightbox, the new device is worn like a pair of glasses that sit just above the eyes.
The company noted that around 20 minutes of Luminette will help to treat and prevent issues during months when sunlight is reduced.
The 1,500-lux blue-enriched white light of Luminette is output from LEDs, which reaches the diffraction lens and stimulates the retina, without affecting vision.
The company noted that light shines downwards into the eyes, just as sunlight naturally does and receptors in the eye then send a signal to the body’s circadian clock regulator, stopping the secretion of melatonin, which naturally wakes up all body systems.
Lucimed managing director Eric Delloye said: "We’re thrilled to be bringing Luminette to the world and helping people that face health issues during the fall and winter months.
"We live in an active society and Luminette is designed to provide relief for people and their on-the-go lives."
The company has also introduced Luminette app, which generates biological clock rephasing programmes based on algorithms developed by the chronotherapist Roland Pec.
The programmes include all known chronobiological tools such as light exposure, avoidance of light, taking melatonin, sleep and others.
Image: Lucimed light therapy glasses, Luminette. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto / Lucimed.