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Are Digital Devices Harmful To Your Childs Health?

Posted March 27, 2015
Updated April 10, 2015

Are Digital Devices Harmful to Your Childs Health?

Children and Young Teens are especially at Risk

Children are especially at risk when it comes to the negative effects of blue light exposure. Technology has allowed for some homework to be done online, and many children have access to digital devices that they are using for increasingly longer periods of time.

Children and teen's eyes are still developing, and the protective pigments in their eyes that is beneficial in filtering some of the harmful blue light has not fully developed yet. Further research is providing details how children's sleep disorders are being contributed to exposure to blue light.While it may be a growing concern for children, adults are susceptible, as well. This is especially true as adults continue using digital devices more and more in both their professional and personal lives.

Computers, laptops, tablets and cell phones have increasingly become a way of life. We have grown very attached to our devices. They have become part of our daily routine. But health experts report an increase in digital eye strain due to high energy blue light.

What is high-energy blue light?

It is a short wave length light (between 400 and 500 nanometers) that resides in the high energy spectrum and is located right next to the non-visible light. It is commonly emitted from computer screens, tablets and cell phones.

CHILDREN and YOUNG ADULTS who use smart phones and tablets are at risk of potential irreversible eye damage because of blue light emissions from digital devices.

Serious problems begin to occur with your eyes when too much exposure to blue light is encountered thru the use of LED Devices. Whether it's from staring at a computer or laptop all day, checking in on facebook or gaming, problems will and do arise. Continued extended screen time can impact your eyes in two major ways.

The first and most common side effect is digital eye strain. If you've ever experienced slightly blurry vision after staring at the computer all day, that was a sign of digital eye strain. Perhaps your eyes have felt dry, runny or tired when you have checked in on facebook for extended periods or participated in gaming with friends. You may have even experienced headaches having spent hours on your digital device of choice. These symptoms are often so common that we don't even recognize them as real issues. While digital eye strain is temporary, if left unaddressed, it can turn into a chronic problem.

The second and more serious to the eye is too much consumption of blue light exposure. Blue light is exactly what it sounds like... it's a type of blue light that gives off a blue color. Blue light is harmful because it's the highest energy wavelength of visible light. This energy is also able to penetrate all the way to the back of the eye, through the eyes' natural filters which is a problem.

What steps can we take to protect our eyes from harmful blue light

First, if we are not able to curb our digital device use, at least cut back prior to bed time. Cutting back on digital use prior to bed time means getting better sleep, thus making us more productive at both work and school.

Second, consider talking with your eye doctor about lenses that filter out blue light. Your optometrist can recommend lenses such as BlueTech or Prevencia. Either can provide an immediate and noticeable increase in eye comfort due to improved contrast, which helps to relax the eye. Prescription and non-prescription lenses are available.

Your eyes are the windows to the world. At Eye Care Center we feel it is vital to share this information with you regarding the issues surrounding blue light. Our Doctors have the knowledge and expertise in advising you on the protective measures for your eyes when using digital devices.

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