Sometimes we need to check our phones more than ten times a day, don't we? According to new research this is causing damage to our eyes.
Think twice about how much time you spend staring at your phone.
Latest research reveals one in ten Brits are so obsessed with modern technology they look at their smartphone constantly and even take it to bed. This is taking its toll on our eyes, as 41 per cent of Brits suffer from headaches or blurred vision after regular computer and smartphone use.
The new research, by Clarivu permanent lens replacement, has found that 71 per cent of Brits use their hand held Technology more now than five years ago and over a quarter of 30-44 year olds look at the tiny screens of their Blackberry or iPhone 10-20 times a day.
Eye Health professionals are concerned about the impact of our smartphone addiction, as almost a quarter need glasses to read their screens clearly, and 20 per cent of Brits admit they wished the text on their screens was bigger.
Optegra Medical Director, Mr Rob Morris, commented: “The convenience of modern Technology means we can take our work and enjoy our social networking wherever we go. But this Technology culture is making increasing demands on our eyes, particularly in the ‘silver surfer’ group, where we are noticing eye strain which means they struggle to use their smartphones without glasses.
“We are putting more and more pressure on our eye sight, and as the nation’s workforce gets older, we are seeing increased eye strain and more people developing long and short sightedness with age. Yet many do not wish to wear glasses. The good news is there is help available.”
Mr Morris concluded: “Laser surgery is often a good solution for younger patients, but for the over 50s, Clarivu is a painless and proven procedure where the natural lens of the eye is replaced permanently with a technically advanced artificial lens, giving clear vision for both reading and distance, and most importantly, freedom from wearing glasses or contact lenses.”
Top Tips for technology use
Mr Robert Morris, Medical Director for Optegra, offers the following advice for technology fans: