If I could point my kid in the direction of a profession, I’d tell him to become an eye doctor. If the number of computers, tablets and phones in my house alone area any indication of screen use, becoming an eye doctor is not a half bad idea.
Your screens may be harming your eyes and causing retina damage. The number of hours and increased exposure to screens – from the use of laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones – puts our visual system under extreme exhaustion. Studies show that electronic devices powered by LED has the potential to cause irreversible retina damage. Once the retina cells die from being overexposed to high-energy light, they don’t recover. Retina damage can lead to Glaucoma, Cataracts and Macular Degeneration, so we really need to start thinking about protecting our eyes, and those of our children.
Technology has changed our lives in amazing ways, but if we aren’t careful, it could have lasting negative effects on our vision and the health of our eyes. The Vision Council’s 2016 Digital Eye Strain Report found that nearly 60% of Americans use digital devices for five hours or more each day, and 70% of Americans use two or more devices at a time.
About two thirds of Americans experience symptoms of digital eye-strain, including sore eyes and headaches. High-energy light exposure can also lead to sleep disorders, computer vision syndrome, and a decrease in macular thickness, which can lead to macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the world.
(This sponsored post is a part of the campaign “Protecting America’s Eyes”
by Reticare in order to inform U.S. citizens about the importance of eye protection
from device screens. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.)
However, you can reduce the potential for retina damage by stopping use of your devices two hours or more prior to bedtime, taking breaks from looking at computer screens every few hours, by eating foods that protect your eyes, and using an ocular protector on your electronic devices.
I’m not sure about your home, but stopping use of the screens two hours or more prior to bedtime is not going to happen in this house.
Reticare is a world leader in eye protection from high-energy light. Reticare makes eye protector screens for your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or monitor. Their products are based on 14 years of research from experts in the field of optometry, optics and medicine, and in collaboration with leading experts in consumer electronics and mobile technology. Reticare protects our eyes from sleep disorders, Computer Vision Syndrome and retina damage. In fact, ehen the Reticare ocular protective filter is placed over electronic devices the survival rate of retina cells increase up to 83%.
This week I began using the Reticare eye protector screen on my laptop. It took about 45 seconds to apply and no less than 5 minutes to get used to it. It was seriously so easy that I’m planning to get it for all of the devices in our household. To know that I may be able to protect my kids’ eyes is a huge relief.
Children have an even higher risk of eye damage from exposure to high-energy light because natural eye lens protection does not complete its development until about age 25. Yet Reticare’s eye protector screens naturally absorb high-energy light and provide different levels of protection based on the users age and amount of time spent in front of the screen.
As a parent, the wellbeing of our family always takes priority, including leading them on a lucrative career path. Retina damage is very real, and not something we should be flippant about. Just as we protect our children’s skin with sunscreen and bug spray, we should also protect their eyes from the harmful effects of high-energy light.
Learn more at Reticare.com.
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