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Overuse of smartphones could 'damage' eyes

31st March 2014

Overexposure of blue violet light could have damaging long-term affects to eyes, says scientists.

The survey of 2,200 people under 25 came up these conclusions:

  • 66% check their phone 32 times a day
  • 43% experienced genuine irritation or anxiety when unable to check their phone
  • 55% experienced eye discomfort with the amount of time they look at screens

The survey was commissioned by an independent group of opticians. They found that, on average, an adult spends nearly seven hours a day starting at a screen. They are worried that people are so addicted to smart phones they might be at risk of eye damage.

They are warning that the overuse of a phones and other devices such as computers, tablets and flat screen TVs could lead to long-term damage.

These devices emit a blue light that is also needed to help regulate biological clocks. It is thought that overexposure to this blue violet light can disrupt sleeping patterns and affect moods.

Amanda Saint, Optician, said that to reduce risk you should: "Get your eyes tested regularly and take regular breaks from your computer and hand held device."

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