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BLUE LIGHT AND DIGITAL EYESTRAIN

 

Nearly 70% of adults who use digital screens experience symptoms of digital eyestrain, but most do nothing to lessen their discomfort – mainly due to lack of knowledge.

Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours staring at digital screen;  whether it’s the computer at work, our personal cell phone, playing a video game, or just relaxing and watching TV.  Digital eye strain is a new term used to describe the conditions resulting from the use of today’s popular electronic devices.

Digital eye strain is a medical issue with serious symptoms that affects mood, learning and work productivity.  Symptoms of digital eyestrain, or ‘computer vision syndrome’ include blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry and irritated eyes, headaches, neck and back pain.  Digital eye strain has overtaken carpal-tunnel syndrome as the number one computer-related complaint.

Sound familiar?

Digital eye strain does not just affect adults. Children are also at risk for eyestrain due to their growing use of digital devices. Children today have more digital tools at their disposal than ever before – tablets, smartphones, e-readers, videogames are just among a few.

According to a study by the Kaiser family Foundation, children and teenagers (ages 8-18) spend more than 7 hours a day consuming electronic media. Before age 10, children’s eyes are not fully developed. The crystalline lens and cornea are still largely transparent and susceptible to overexposure… so excessive amounts of blue light can pose a serious threat to long-term eye health.

Something to think about. For you, and your children.

 

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