Starring At Your Phone All Day Is Destroying Your Eyesight

Photo credit: Shutterstock 
Smartphones are ruining our sight by causing our eyeballs to grow for longer than they should, an expert has claimed.

More people are suffering from myopia (short-sightedness) now than 10 years ago, according to eye health expert Andrew Bastawrous, who said that the amount of time spent staring at screens might be to blame.

Myopia is a common eye condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects can be seen clearly.

It happens when the eyes grow slightly too long.

This means that light cannot focus on the retina at the back of the eye properly. Instead, the light rays focus in front of the retina, resulting in distant objects appearing blurry.

Eyeball growth slows down in your late teens but there is evidence that younger generations’ peepers are continuing to grow.

“The initial theory for this is that people are doing more near-plane reading activity with smartphones which is encouraging the eye to become myopic to meet that environmental need,” Bastawrous told Wired.

“There’s also evidence that suggests this is happening too quickly for it to be purely an environmental or genetic response.”

“More recent data suggests a more important factor has been that we spend less time outdoors than we used to.”

He added that in some cases like Singapore, more than 90 percent of pupils are leaving school short-sighted.

It follows warnings that British kids face a life of wearing specs because they don’t go outside enough.

An epidemic of shortsightedness has hit the UK with 20 percent of children suffering from myopia today compared with just 10 percent in the 1960s.

Bastawrous added: “Children are not spending time outside, playing outdoors and kicking a football around, which is having a knock-on effect of not looking out into infinity very often.”

“Many people no longer spend time looking at the stars and the mountains, they’re looking at screens more often instead.”

No comments

Powered by Blogger.