Silent Epidemic of Workplace Depression is the Most Costly Illness for Employers

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Employers across the country are losing an estimated $44 billion a year in lost productivity directly related to depression.

Science of Light, Inc. (SOL), has translated their SAD (seasonal depression) light therapy technology right onto computer users’ desktops with a smart new product designed to help reduce the epidemic of workplace depressive states (WDS) and the eyestrain, headache and fatigue associated with computer vision syndrome (CVS).

CVS affects virtually all computer users and is costing corporate America in excess of 2 billion a year, according to the American Optometric Association. However more alarming is a report from the American Psychiatric Association (APA): Depression Most Costly Illness for Employers (Psychiatric News, Vol.38, Number 14). According to the APA, employers across the country are losing an estimated $44 billion a year in lost productivity directly related to depression.

SOL’s new therapeutic task light, aptly named the Intelli Lite®, merges superior, glare-free, full spectrum task lighting for high visual acuity, with the wellness benefits of light therapy. Its interactive ergonomic design features three independent light sources which are adjustable to suit individual computer users’ needs. Intelli Lite is so effective… it’s often covered by medical insurance when prescribed for depression.

“The Intelli Lite is simply the best available work station illumination source for those living and struggling with depression. A high profile design with a true full spectrum light source, the Intelli Lite provides both proper illumination and desk-side treatment,” according to Michael L. Johnson, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

The new Intelli Lite® is the latest product in the company’s lineup of biologically beneficial lighting for use in the home and office. Manufacturers of the popular Solar Lite™ light therapy system for SAD, depression and shift work, as well as the Solar Lite plus™ light therapy system for reducing the risk of osteoporosis and autoimmune health disorders associated with the lack of vitamin D.

The Intelli Lite® carries on this tradition, but with a different twist. Whereas the Solar Lite and Solar Lite plus light therapy devices shower their users with high quantities of bright light and are generally used for only 20-60 minutes a day, the Intelli Lite® has been designed for comfortable, continuous use, and provides a less intense light that is adjustable to the user’s comfort level, and produces a positive, therapeutic effect that reduces the risk of CVS and WDS. Former inefficient workplace lighting can now be conveniently corrected with a task lamp that not only helps reduce common stressors such as eyestrain, headache, and fatigue, but also helps keep employees alert, efficient, and – BONUS – in better moods throughout the day!

Health science researchers and light therapy pioneers since 1988, Science of Light’s products are renowned for their wellness-enhancing qualities. In addition to their light therapy systems for depression and computer vision syndrome, other Science of Light products for the office and home include a full line of energy-efficient and uniquely human-efficient fluorescent tubes, light bulbs and floods. The tubes come shielded against EMF or nonshielded. Quantity discounts are available on all products. For more info call 800-234-3724 or visit: &


Ken Ceder

Science of Light, Inc.

800-234-3724 x 14

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