Eye Surgeon Blames Smartphones For Increase In Short Sightedness

 Short Sightedness

It has been noticed, a 35 per cent increase in the number of patients diagnosed with advancing myopia (short sightedness) which is being cause by smartphones by an eye surgeon in U.K.

Increased smartphone usage along with time spent watching television and using computers is putting children and young people at risk of permanently damaging their vision.

People need to ensure they limit screen time whenever possible by going outside without using their phone for a portion of the day. That’s because sunlight has been shown to reduce the progression of short sightedness.

 Short Sightedness

David Allamby, founder of Focus Clinics, says the increase dates back to the launch of smartphones in 1997 and unfortunately, it’s a problem that’s just now taking root. He believes the issue, dubbed screen sightedness, could increase in frequency by 50 percent over the next 10 years and half of 30-year-olds could suffer from it by 2033.

One of the main reasons for concern relates to a recent study which found that the average smartphone user holds their device 30cm from their face while some use it as close as 18cm.

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Write by: RC - Saturday, August 17, 2013

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