Apparently, if you watch too much television those old wives’ tale warnings that you might go blind are now less valid than ever, especially with an OLED TV screen from LG Display.

LG’s TV panel subsidiary LG Display, proclaimed Wednesday that it has earned Underwriters Laboratory’s (UL’s) “Discomfort Glare-Free” marketing verification for its OLED TV panels.

According to the company, the U.S.-based international safety verification organization’s findings mean that LG Display’s OLED TV panels are the first displays that “emit no glare.”

“Discomfort glare causes eyes to get tired easily due to stark differences in brightness,” LGD said in a statement on the achievement Wednesday. “A typical example is the discomfort a viewer might feel when watching a bright smartphone screen in a dark bedroom.”

UL’s testing is based on the Unified Glare Rating (UGR), a glare assessment recognized by the International Commission on Illumination (CIE). The verification mark is issued only when the UGR is 22 or less when watching TV between 70 lux (lx), which is about the brightness of a bedroom floor lamp, and 300 lux (lx), the equivalent of a bright light from a large window.

The company said that televisions using its qualifying OLED panels will be able to carry the UL Verified Mark to indicate that the Discomfort Glare-Free claim has been verified.

This is supposed to help set purchasers feel more confident that the OLED TV they purchase will be easier to watch (less eye discomfort) in a variety of room lighting conditions, including indirect lighting in the U.S and Europe or direct lighting in Asia.

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So far, virtually all televisions with OLED panels are produced at LGD control factories. OLED technology features pixels with self-emitting light capable of presenting greater clarity and “an infinite contrast ratio.” .

The company’s OLED TV panels also have been verified for marketing claims related to low blue light emissions as well as being flicker-free, which is supposed to ensure better eye health.

Similarly, LGD’s rival Samsung announced last year that it was awarded two separate safety certifications for its 4K and 8K TVs. According to Samsung, U.S.-based Underwriters Laboratories has classified the company’s UHD TVs “no photobiological LED hazard”, and Germany’s Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker indicated they have earned that organization’s “eye safety certification.”

TCL’s display panel subsidiary CSoT announced last July that its display panels have met the requirements for the EyeSafe Display Standard, which means its displays have a lower risk of high blue light emission negatively impacting eyes.

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By Greg Tarr

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