How Digital Media is Impacting Eye Health
The Vision Council Examines the Impact of Digital Media on Vision Health
The Vision Council released a report that finds nearly 70% of adults in United States experience digital eye strain. The digital devices include computers, tablets and smartphones. However, about half of the adults don't know how to or have never tried to reduce their eye discomfort. As we experiences a surge in high technology-related digital devices, there will be more people with dry eye syndrome than ever before.
Tips for Dry Eye ReliefCurrently, there are ways to reduce eye strain including computer glasses, computer screens to reduce glare, timers to remind the users to blink in order to minimize eye strain.
Digital eye strain is defined as the physical discomfort experienced after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. Symptoms typically include dry, red or irritated eyes; blurred vision; fatigued eyes; back, neck or shoulder pain; and headaches. While eye strain may not be permanent, digital eye strain can be painful and irritating and often affects work productivity. a significant number of people will develop chronic dry eyes.
Another impact on eye health is the high-energy visible (HEV) or blue light emitted from the digital devices may have long-term effects on vision health. Research studies indicate that overexposure to HEV light can damage the retina and increase the possibility for developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. However, The Vision Council finds that six in 10 adults are unaware of the harmful consequences of HEV light.
To view or download a copy of DigitEYEzed: The Daily Impact of Digital Screens on the Eye Health of Americans, visit The Vision Council online at www.thevisioncouncil.org.
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