When televisions were created, and when computer monitors were created, we were constantly warned not to sit too near as it is bad for our eyes. However with the creation of mobile devices like smartphones, it’s as if we’re carrying a television and computer in our pockets all the time, meaning that day or night, our eyes are glued to it.
We guess it’s safe to assume that this has led to more eye problems being developed over the years, but it seems that it might run deeper than that. According to a report from WIRED UK, it seems that our obsession with our smartphones could actually be changing the shape of our eyes.
This is according to ophthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous who was quoted as saying, “Many more people are becoming shortsighted than they were a decade ago. The implications of this are not just that there are more people needing glasses, but that their condition is pathological.” While Bastawrous doesn’t explicitly say our mobile devices are to blame, he doesn’t see how else this could be happening.
Bastawrous said, “The initial theory for this is that people are doing more near-plane reading activity with smartphones which is encouraging the eye to become myopic to meet that environmental need. There’s also evidence that suggests this is happening too quickly for it to be purely an environmental or genetic response.”
Some friendly tips that can help protect your precious eyes:
- Give yourself a break! Follow the 20/20/20 rule. Give yourself a 20 second break, every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away. You might notice something that can brighten your day.
- Block the bad blue light! Use a blue light filtering app on your phone/device or ask your eye care professional about high energy blue and UV light blocking lenses. These specialty lenses block the bad high energy blue and UV light, but also let the beneficial blue light in. Proven to reduce eye strain and improve sleep.