The Eye Clock: Not Just a Camera



The eye is the primary tissue surface that humans use to interface with light. The world that we perceive through our eyes creates our reality through both visual and non-visual effects.         


Although humans viscerally experience the camera activity of our eyes, a less obvious but vital function of our visual apparatus is the clock mechanism. Humans synergistically use our eyes (which are considered neurological tissue) and brains to tell time with light frequencies and synchronize myriad metabolic and endocrine functions, the symphony of which are known as our circadian rhythm. The anatomical structure of our eyes uses specific frequencies of light to stimulate regions of the brain that control the timely rhythm of our biological processes. The eye is both a camera and a clock, both critical functions, though the latter has been almost entirely overlooked and appears to have an even more foundational effect on all systemic biological processes.


The Architecture of the Eye: A Photon Trap



Ophthalmologists have been aware of the structural features of the eye that create vision for decades. A combination of the optical and neural components of the eyeball allows for phototransduction, the process by which light stimuli is converted to brain signals by the retinal cells. However, what is less well known are the circadian mechanisms of the optical tissue. A family of photoreceptors called “opsins” are non-visual light detectors that entrain the circadian rhythm without a visual component. Neuropsin, melanopsin, and rhodopsin are examples of photopigments in the eye (and on other tissue surfaces) that are incorporated to detect specific light frequencies and help the brain tell time. The aromatic amino acids that make up these structures are designed at a molecular level to trap photons and create circadian signaling substances such as dopamine and melatonin. Additionally, hemoglobin, which shares an atomic structure with chlorophyll (the famous photoreceptor in plants), is constantly circulating within the vasculature of the eye and assimilating light energy. When exposed to solar radiation, these building blocks of the eye work together to process light stimuli and orchestrate a coherent biological response. 


The Eyes & The Brain: A Quantum Computer

The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the hypothalamus of the human brain is the primary circadian oscillator. Light or darkness signals obtained by the photoreceptors in the eye travel along the central retinal pathway to distal parts of the brain including the pituitary, hypothalamic, and pineal glands. These glands work to establish hormonal and metabolic homeostasis and, as shown by the researcher Fritz Hollwich, are optimized by unobstructed optical exposure to solar frequencies. In fact, the volume of certain brain regions can be positively or negatively affected depending on light exposure. A balance of blue and red wavelength light through the eye in the morning stimulates the release of pituitary hormones, while the presence of UVA light afterward turns them off. When the eyes and brain are working in concert to regulate hormonal secretions, regeneration pathways, and metabolism, the circadian rhythm is optimized.

Invisible Wavelengths that Turn the Gears of the Eye Clock

The Zeno effect of quantum physics states that what you can observe changes your reality.

For humans, this means that the frequencies of light that we can observe in our conscious awareness shape our reality. For this reason specifically, the key signaling frequencies for human biochemistry are in the ultraviolet and infrared ranges, above and below our visual perception. If these frequencies were available to the eye camera they wouldn’t be of use to the eye clock. These are the specific frequencies that modern artificial light is deficient in, making it all the more important to prioritize sunlight.


Doctors in the United States are still taught that the anterior chamber, the lens, and the cornea block UV light. In reality, the virtuous collagen and retinal pigment epithelium are UV fluorophore proteins that are designed to receive these frequencies. About 1% of UVB gets through the eye and 3% of UVA. Additionally, neuropsin in the cornea and the skin is specifically a UVA light detector. Ultraviolet frequencies have a non-linear effect and are amplified to energize and regulate biological systems. Ultraviolet and high-frequency blue wavelengths are always balanced by red and infrared light in nature. The acute timing of UVA and IRA exposure throughout a diurnal cycle are what turn the gears of the eye clock and modulate biological processes. 



The solar spectrum on earth falls between 250 nanometers and 3,000-nanometer wavelength light. The human eye can only see from 380 nanometers to 780 nanometers. We are blind to these frequencies above and below the visible spectrum because they run the clock function of our eyes through the mechanisms of photopigments called opsins, aromatic amino acids, and water running through our neurological system. Protecting our eye clock is of the utmost importance. Modern lighting not only emphasizes unbalanced blue wavelengths that damage the photopigments but completely subtracts out ultraviolet and infrared, further unraveling the circadian mechanisms in our eyes. An effective protocol to protect the eye clock includes maximizing our exposure to sunlight, avoiding artificial light when possible, and blocking artificial light with blue blocking material when necessary. 

By Lucien Burke






July 10, 2019 — Lucien Burke

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