What is Blue light therapy?

Category: Procedures


Generic name: Light Therapy (Phototherapy)

Light receptor cells in the back of the retina reacted with blue light, causing the pineal gland to produce less melatonin. A significant reduction in the production of the sleep hormone helps to promote alertness.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Seasonal affective disorder 6 1
Major depressive disorder 4 6
Acne 1 2
Actinic keratosis 1 1
Bipolar II disorder 1 1

Show all 6 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 1
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Blue light therapy

Side effect Patients
Agitation 1
Bipolar manic episodes 1
Skin peeling 1


Based on patients currently having Blue light therapy

Dosage Patients
daily 3
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 4
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 7
Not specified 5
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Blue light therapy.