February 4, 2021
Are you concerned that spending time in front of a digital device is hurting your family’s eyes?
A study by Broadband Insights states the first quarter of 2020 showed a 47 percent increase in screen time compared to 2019. Whether it is a parent working remotely from home, a child using zoom to participate in class, or a teenager staring at their phone, we have seen a dramatic increase in how many hours our eyes are staring at a digital screen. Digital devices and LED lights emit blue-violet light with an intense spike at 455 nm. This type of blue-violet light (along with outdoor UV light) unfortunately causes an increase in retinal cell damage, leading to age-related macular degeneration. This artificial light also disrupts your biological clock and causes digital eye strain—negatively impacting sleep, health, and productivity.
The best way to protect your family’s eyes is to filter and block the damaging rays that cause macular degeneration. Wearing glasses designed for the computer with special blue light filters can protect your eyes for the long haul. Wearing the proper sunglasses outdoors also makes a difference. Beware that not all lenses advertised actually have the proper filters to keep your eyes healthy.
Talk to the doctors at Vision Center PC to see which computer glasses and sunglasses are best for your family. We are here to help preserve your family’s vision for life.
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