We all have them now – smart phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, desktops, smart TVs, X-Box & Playsation, a complete array of electronics to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. We take them everywhere with us. We are almost inseperable now, can you imagine life without them? How did we manage only a few years ago without them? But spare a thought for your eyes…
Eye problems are on the increase as a result of electronics. Now dont get me wrong, I am a big fan myself of all these gadgets, I love technology, as you will have gathered if you have been to the practice!! OMG I am beginning to sound like my Granny, “you’ll damage your eyes if you spend too long on that … thing…!!!” She wasn’t far off the mark, to be honest. What she didnt know was the science behind it all. These issues especially apply to the gaming world where excessively prolonged periods of time are spent concentrating on a screen.
The main causes for eye problems from overuse of our devices are blue light & fixed focusing distances for prolonged periods. Yes blue light!! Blue light is visible light present in sunlight, but is also emitted by computers, smart phones, tablets and energy saving lightbulbs. (Ultraviolet light-also damaging to the eyes but is invisible light) Some visible blue light is good (blue-turqouise) as it protects the retina and regulates our biological clocks. Blue-violet light is harmful, affecting sleep, mood & increases the likelihood of eye disease, AMD & Cataracts specifically, which is a leading cause of blindness in Ireland. Prolonged fixed focusing distance issues are very common and easily resolved with simple changes to visual habits, however in some cases a prescription to correct eyestrain may be required, or comfort drops for ocular surface disorders or even specialised filters or coatings to alleviate symptoms.
What to do?
- Take care of your eyes by having them examined thoroughly, annually, whether or not you need vision correction, in order to determine your focusing status and ocular surface health.
- Take visual breaks & listen to your eyes.
- Keep your desktop monitor at arms length and smart technologies 30cm or more away from your eyes.
- Invest in quality eyewear, that fits you specificallywith the appropriate filters/coatings prescribed for you personally.
Remember, Your Eyes are for Life…..contact us for a thorough eye exam that determines your focusing status and assesses you for ocular surface disorders and you will be given personalised professional advise : firstname.lastname@example.org