Easy on the eyes: How to protect your vision in a technology-driven world – Health – Gaston Gazette
Almost all of the latest gadgets, as well as light fixtures and other indoor items, use a specific spectrum of light called blue violet light, said Dr. Amir Khoshnevis, an optometrist at Vision Source Studio 20/20 in Charlotte.
“This narrow band of light is what we believe is somewhat dangerous to the back of the eye, to the macular,” Khoshnevis said. “Macular degeneration is a major concern in our country for our elderly, so we want to make sure that we start protecting our kids early on.”
Many of Khoshnevis’ patients have expressed concern about the effect of blue violet light on their eye #health. In addition, a lot of parents are worried about the amount of “near work” their children are doing with technology rather than being outdoors, which research has shown helps with eyesight development.
The eye sees digital devices differently than it sees paper or a book, he explained. A book is a hard object with no depth, and the eye is able to easily focus on it. In contrast, a tablet has depth, pixilation and less-defined characters, which can be more tiring for the eye because it is continually searching for the best focus. And obviously, viewing any gadget for eight or hours a day is going to add more visual stress.
Since it’s not feasible to take technology out of the modern world, it’s all about more effectively managing it so that the eyes stay in tip-top shape. Here are some of Khoshnevis’ suggestions:
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