Effects of staring at your phone for too long

Negative effects of staring at your phone too long and possible preventions.

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If you ask the majority if they can do without their phones for a week, the major answer you will get is a resounding ‘no.’ Almost every one of us is guilty of this because the world has gone digital.

The majority of the transactions we make are online, and it is done via our phones. However, it’s also expedient to note that some health hazards surrounds staring/glaring at the phone or laptop screen for too long.

In a study published in the journal scientific report, Professor Ajith Karunarathne writes: “it’s no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eyes’ retina.” His team further argue that blue light is very hazardous to the overall health of our eyes; this is because the eye’s cornea can neither block nor reflect it.

Some of the other eyes effects of staring at the phone or system screen for too long are:

  1. Eyestrain
    I guess the majority of the people whose day begin and ends on their mobile screen must have found themselves with dry eyes, tired eyes, and blurred vision at one time or the other, which translates to the fact that your eye is taking in a lot of strain and it’s also been affected.

Studies have it that straining or focusing your eyes on one thing for too long can cause Myopia. I’m sure the majority of us are familiar with what Myopia is. Myopia is short-sightedness. So, what’s the best way to prevent this since we all can hardly do without our phones?

The most suitable way to prevent strain is by intermittently taking breaks from your mobile phones/systems. Avoid staring/focusing on your phone screen for too long to avoid eye health issues. Take conscious breaks from your system.

  1. Blinking dysfunction
    Blinking dysfunction is when you blink excessively without having the ability to control it, and this can be quite irritating. Although many factors can lead to blinking dysfunction, the most glaring cause is when something is on the eyes’ surface, which is, of course, temporary.

However, some of the other things that can cause blinking dysfunction are eye irritation, e.g., dry eyes; eyestrain can also cause blinking dysfunction, and also vision problems such as Myopia can lead to blinking dysfunction.

  1. Impaired vision
    There’s no doubt that many have had a type of visual problem at some point in their lives, some of which are the effects of staring at your phone for too long. For some lucky ones, these problems can be easily treated with contact lenses or eyeglasses.

However, part(S) of the eye or brain involved in processing images can become paralyzed or damaged – this is when severe or total loss of vision can occur. Unfortunately, the eyes cannot be fully restored with contact lenses, eyeglasses, or surgery.

Although, according to an ophthalmologist affiliated with sharp community medical group, Dr Arvind Sini, “there is no clinical evidence that prolonged screen use causes permanent vision loss. Dry eyes and eye strain, yes. But nothing long term.”

  1. Eye pain and migraine
    Straining your eyes on mobile screens can cause eye pains and migraines. Asides from the eye pain, it could also cause blurry visions. According to the vision council, “over 27 per cent of people have experienced headaches as a result of digital eye strain.”

So, we’ve mentioned a few of the health effects staring at the mobile phone excessively can have on the overall health of our eyes. There must be possible ways to prevent these issues, especially when we cannot do without our smartphones and digital devices. Look below for the possible protection of the eyes against all these dangers.

Possible ways to protect your eyes health from your mobile screens

  1. Adjust the size of your text
    Try making the text on your screen bigger to make it easier to read. Try as much as you can to avoid squinting your eyes to read a text.
  2. Always remember to blink.
    Staring at your mobile screen excessively could cause dry eyes and other eye irritation. By remembering to blink, your eyes repel irritants, retain their moisture, and also remain refreshed.
  3. Take breaks
    Always remember to take breaks intermittently. When you glare at your phone for a few minutes, you can look away from it for few seconds. Preferably, try to look at things at a distance during these intermittent breaks.
  4. Reduce the brightness of your phone
    Adjusting your phone’s brightness to normal will make it much easier to use and comfortable for your eyes. Asides from this, you’ll also get to preserve the battery level of your phone.

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Mariam Olajide, mostly called by friends as 'Mori,' is passionate about reading and writing. She is a graduate of English at the Lagos State University and a postgraduate student at the University of Ibadan.
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