Many of us stare at our phones all day. We stare at our phones right before we fall asleep and then we wake up in the morning and immediately grab our phones. Face it, the majority of us are phone addicted, unless you’re Amish, which if you are, then you’re probably not perusing our website reading articles anyway. Unless you’re on Rumspringa, then maybe you are reading this article on your phone while riding a hoverboard.
Staring at your phone is fun and even if you don’t think it’s fun then you probably think it is unavoidable. But did you know that blue light emanating from your phone could be hurting your eyes? It’s not just phones that hurt your eyes, but computers and televisions hurt your eyes as well. So now that I think about it, the Amish probably have better eyes than all of us.
The average American, Amish excluded, spend about 8 hours and 47 minutes watching some sort of screen each day. Learn what those hours of phone time are actually doing to your eyes in this illuminating article that might make you want to log off for a while.
The blue light that electronics put out is not filtered by your cornea or your lens so it shoots straight to the back of your eyes. Doctors don’t really know what this light shooting to the back of your eye really does, but many don’t think it’s good. There is a syndrome called computer vision syndrome which leads to blurry vision, headaches, dry eyes and tired eyes.
The reason for this is simply the longer you strain your eyes, the more fatigued your eyes become. In order to focus on a screen you need to keep your eyes working hard and when anything on your body works hard then it gets tired, and your eyes are no different.
Studies have also shown that screen time might actually hurt your sleep patterns. The blue light messes with your body’s melatonin which will make it harder for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. Not sleeping can lead to serious consequences when it comes to your health.
While the jury is still out on what exactly spending all day in front of a screen will eventually do to your eyes, the most common thinking is that it is not good for your eyes. We know some side-effects your technological habits can lead to, but not all at this moment. The more time that goes on, the more we will know.
If you feel like playing it safe then look for ways to take the blue light out of your lives. There are apps for your phone that reduce the blue light that your phone shoots out, as well as transition lenses that cut the blue light out. If your eyes are still messed up after all of that, then try taking a twenty-second break every twenty minutes you spend staring at a screen and see how much better your eyes feel at the end of the day.