Using electronic screens comes with health risks

Using electronic screens is now part of everyday life for both work and leisure purposes. Smartphones and tablets are now seen as essential rather than luxury items. They help us gather information quickly and learn new things. However, they also can bring health risks for both children and adults.

It is pretty common to experience some degree of neck or shoulder pain when we use electronic devices a lot. Wrist and hand pain also occur. We often remain in a static position when on our electronic devices and an obsession with them means we are leading more and more sedentary lifestyles.

As parents we need to show good healthy habits to our children and this includes around the new technologies of the 21st century. We need to be looking out for bad posture in our children and teenagers. We need to be encouraging more time outdoors and providing good opportunities for exercise to ensure the healthy development of bones and joints.

As incredible as it might seem, studies have shown that excessive texting can lead to inflamed tendons and degeneration of the thumb joint.

Now let’s consider eye health. We know this is important. We take ourselves off to the optician’s regularly and even if we leave our own appointments a little too long, we tend to be on point at ensuring our children have frequent eye checks. Are electronic screens adversely affecting the health of our eyes?

Should we be considering a computer screen cover for eyes or is that being overly cautious?

In our increasingly busy world, we need our sleep as adults and of course want to ensure our children and teenager get a good night’s sleep. Blue light from smartphones and tablets causes strain to the eyes and can prevent you dropping off to sleep.

Although the amount of HEV light emitted by smartphones and other digital devices is much less than that emitted by the sun, the time people are spending on such devices and how close they keep their faces to the screen with bowed heads mean there are major concerns from eye experts about the possible long term impact of blue light on wellbeing.

Did you know that virtually all visible blue light passes through the cornea and lens and reaches the retina which is the inner lining at the back of the eye?

Scientific studies have shown that too much exposure to blue light can damage light sensitive cells in the retina. This damage resembles those of macular degeneration which can lead to the permanent loss of sight. Although more research is needed in this area, any parent would want to protect themselves and their children from any risk of sight loss.

So if you are using your phone all the time and so many of us do these days for texting, emailing and browsing the worldwide web, it is time to look at ways of protecting your eye health. A convenient way to reduce your blue light exposure is to use a blue light filter.

These filters are available for computer screens, tablets and smartphones. They prevent large amounts of blue light coming from your various electronic screens from reaching your eyes without affecting the visibility of the display on the screen.

When you sit down and think what it would be like to lose your sight or worse still see your child lose theirs, you realise how vital it is to consider the impact on eye health of any overexposure to electronic screens.

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