Brits damaging eyes due to smartphone addiction

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% of Brits suffer from headaches or blurred vision after regular computer and smartphone use.

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% 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% of Brits use their hand held technology more now than five years ago and over a quarter (26%) 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 (23%) need glasses to read their screens clearly, and 20% of Brits admit they wished the text on their screens was bigger. And despite 1.8 million people in the UK being classified as visually impaired , only 23% of Brits are aware that latest eye procedures could free them from glasses forever.

 

The new research revealed the concerning technology habits of Brits aged 30 to 44 years:

  • Over a quarter (26%) look at their smart phone between 10 and 20 times a day
  • 15% admit looking at their smartphone constantly and even taking it to bed with them
  • 35% suffer headaches or blurred vision after prolonged smart phone use
  • Yet only a quarter (26%) of this age group would get their eyes checked immediately if they suffered vision problems • Almost a quarter (23%) wish the text was bigger on their phone screen
  • The vast majority, 85%,use small screen technology more than five years ago, and 44% admit they use it twice as much as five years ago

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:

  • Try to increase the font size on your screen, so you are not straining eyes more than necessary
  • Sunlight on a screen may cause headaches and difficulty with vision, so should be avoided if possible
  • If you use an iPad, Tablet or small laptop, consider an additional larger monitor for use at home or in the office
  • Do not use smartphones for longer than 20 minutes without a break. Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eye strain.
  • Book regular eye check-ups – like your car’s MOT, an annual check up is vital – with your local optician or Optegra Eye Hospital www.optegra.com
  • Get your eyes checked if you experience blurred vision or repeated headaches or you are struggling to see road signs when driving
  • Always wear your reading glasses if struggling with small screen technology • For those who do not want to wear glasses, look into alternatives such as Clarivu permanent lens replacement

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