take a minute

how screen-time can impact your eyesight
02 Jun 2021
by Eithar

is technology impacting our eyesight?

Vision of Britain reported that an average adult in the UK spends four hours a day on the computer, less hours compared to other devices such as tablets and smartphones. This figure is much higher for younger adults from age 16 to 24, where the average spending is over 6 hours a day on computer devices and 4 hours on smartphone devices.

With the rising increase in screen time usage, optometrists have found an increase in eye strain of patients. Although many may argue on this matter, research has found that excessive use of technology can lead to eye strain.

Recent studies have found that technology could lead to a possible threat to our long-term eye health, and with the prevalence of screens in our everyday life, the full extent of what the damage could be doing to our eyes is yet not fully researched and studied.

The issue is that younger and future generations may spend their entire lifetime staring at a screen, not knowing the consequences, unless measures and education are introduced to reduce this kind of eye strain, before serious consequences are continued.

why does this happen?

Every technology screen emits HEV light (blue-light) and that light affects your eye-strain severely and after a long period of time it can slowly damage your retina. Many people do not know that twitching in your eyes or sensitivity to light is a sign of eyestrain.

what are symptoms of an eye strain?

  • Headaches

  • Sore, itchy, or irrigated eyes

  • Redness around the eyes

  • Blurry vision

  • Dry eyes or watery eyes

  • Sore neck, shoulders and back

  • Difficulty in concentrating

here are ways you can do to avoid eyestrain.

Follow the 20-20-20 rule.

Resting your eyes by looking at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. This method is most recommended by optometrists as a great way of giving your eyes a break.

Manage your screen-time exposure.

Try to take regular short breaks away from your screen. Even taking a short walk or making a cup of tea. In addition, try to make the most out of your time away from your screen after work by not diving straight to other electronic devices. Take the time to go outside to get natural light exposure. There are many activities that you can do and take part in away from screens.

To find out more about what you can do to manage your screen-time, click here…