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Smartphones May Lead To Serious Eye Problems, Warns Doctor

by Jacob Kleinman | August 18, 2013August 18, 2013 4:00 pm PST

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If you’ve been holding your smartphone screen closer to your face than normal recently, or just squinting more than you used to you may be suffering from “Screen Sightedness.” The new condition, coined by eye surgeon Dr. David Allamby, describes any one who’s developed near sightedness after spending to much time staring at computer displays and, according to a recent study, smartphone-related vision issues are on the rise.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, Allamby predicts that 40 to 50 percent of 30-year-olds will suffer from near sightedness by 2033 as smartphones and touch displays become even more popular across the world. The issue is apparently two-fold. First, people are spending way more time staring at screens than our eyes are designed to handle, and second, people naturally hold smartphones closer to their face than they would a book or newspaper.

The rapid adoption of smartphones has actually changed how humans develop eye problems. While in the past, you could generally only develop myopia up until you turned 21, adults are now developing shortsightedness well into their 40s. There may not be anything you can do to reverse the process at this point—besides getting rid of your smartphone altogether—but Allamby prescribes a daily dose of sunshine, which has been shown to fight the development of short sightedness.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...