Using Smartphones For Long Hours Can Lead to Dry Eyes
Even after knowing its harmful effects, one finds it extremely difficult to keep that cell phone aside. But a new study has found that our smartphones may be doing more damage than we'd previously suspected, specifically to our eyes. The report published in
Dry-eye disease is a condition that occurs when the eyes don't produce enough tears, which results in eyes becoming red, swollen and irritated. 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 per cent met the criteria for dry-eye disease. 97 per cent 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. It's not just with an increased risk of dry-eye disease that smartphones are damaging our eyes though.
Goodin, whose company runs digital detox camps for teenagers as well as retreats for adults, believes parents are right to be particularly worried about the implications for children. Her top tips are: "Keeping daytime screen usage within healthy limits, no screens an hour before bedtime and no single screen session over two hours."