This is part one in a four-part series guest-written by nationally recognized blue light expert, Gary Morgan, OD.
Kids today are being introduced to digital technology earlier than ever. From speech training to potty training, many boys and girls are learning to tap and swipe before they walk and talk. But while there are obvious benefits to getting our kids ahead of the learning curve with digital technology, there’ a less beneficial result of all that screen time.
In this four-part series, we’re going to examine three primary reasons why kids could be at greater risk of blue light exposure than adults, and how you as an eye care provider can help.
This article originally appeared on the VSP Blog.
In many work environments, you’re not allowed to start your day without proper eye protection. With the ever-growing reliance on blue light emitting devices in the workplace, and the sun’s overly generous blue light contribution to outdoor work settings, it might be a good practice to think of blue-light-reducing eyewear in the same regard.
An office setting typically houses the most forms of blue-light-emitting devices. From desktop monitors to smartphones to tablets to overhead LEDs and/or CFLs, it can feel like blue light is lurking around every cubicle and corner in corporate America.
What Is Digital Eye Strain?
You’ve likely heard the term digital eye strain. With its relationship to blue light, and The Vision Council releasing a yearly report on its rising impact, most people in the eye care industry have some level of familiarity with this visual consequence of device use.
But what exactly is digital eye strain, how is it related to blue light, and why are more and more people experiencing symptoms?
When it comes to insight on the digital viewing habits of Americans, The Vision Council has established itself as the go-to source. Each year the council releases its findings on the awareness and impacts of device use, blue light exposure, and digital eye strain.
The Vision Council released its 2017 blue light/digital eye strain report, and this year's edition featured several noteworthy findings. Here’s a quick look at five of them and what they could mean for you and your patients.
VR (virtual reality) headsets are sure to top many a letter to Santa this year.
And why wouldn’t they?
The ability to navigate a jungle, shop at a mega mall, or journey to outer space without moving from your couch promises an unequaled experience for users both young and old. But along with the amazing potential comes a very real concern from placing a smartphone two inches away from your eyes.
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