Yes, you should be very careful, because staring at your smartphone can increase the risk of this disease. Take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
Here’s what you need to know – a group of researchers have raised the alarm over the negative impact of smartphones on the eyes. Yes, they have discovered that smartphones might be doing more damage than previously suspected.
According to a study, published in ‘BMC Opthalmology’, children who spend more time on their phones have more symptoms of dry-eye disease. This study shows that when those children went without their phones for a whole month, their symptoms were reduced. Do you know what’s dry-eye disease?
Dry-eye disease i’s a condition that occurs when the eyes don’t produce enough tears, which results in eyes becoming red, swollen and irritated. According to the experts, the dry eye syndrome is also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or simply “dry eyes”. Dry eye syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye.
You should be careful, because dry eyes are very common and is a major reason for visits to the eye doctor. Usually associated with older people, specialists believe it is underdiagnosed in children. When we stare at screens, we blink less which means our tear film evaporates faster and our risk of dry-eye disease increases.
The ‘BMC Opthalmology’ study assessed 916 Korean children between the ages of seven and 12. The children were given eye exams and 6.6% met the criteria for dry-eye disease. And, more than 97% of those children revealed they used smartphones for 3.2 hours a day on average, compared to the 37 minutes a day by 55 per cent of children without any symptoms.
Other, different studies have shown that digital eye strain – the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen – amongst adults and children is on the up. And, one more thing – almost 30% of parents who said they were very concerned about the impact of digital devices on children’s eyes allow their kids to spend over three hours a day looking at screens. Thank you for your time and don’t forget to share.
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