Study: There’s A Global Epidemic Of Blindness On The Way

How many hours do you spend staring at screens each day? A new study from the University Complutense of Madrid in Spain analyzed and compared results of two previous studies. The first exposed the retinas of rats to tablet screens emitting white LED light, one group with filters and the other group without filters, and the second looked at the amount of light entering the eye based on the device, the user, the diameter of the pupil and the distance of the device to the eye. Lead researcher, Dr. Celia Sanchez-Ramos concludes that the high energy light emitted from digital screens is causing irreversible damage to our eyes by deteriorating the retinas. She says, “It is now clearer than ever that we are facing a global epidemic of sight loss– particularly for the millions of children who are exposed to digital screens earlier than ever. It is paramount for adults and parents to act now and protect themselves from further damage.” Experts recommend the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you stare at a digital screen, turn your gaze 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more to let the eye muscles relax. (Daily Mail