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Preserving eye health with technology usage

A Snellen chart located in the office of Complete Eye Care in North Platte, Nebraska.
A Snellen chart located in the office of Complete Eye Care in North Platte, Nebraska.(Marresa Burke)
Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 5:50 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -Over the past year, the use of technology in people’s daily and professional lives has increased. With zoom meetings and remote working/learning, people have potentially doubled their screen time.

Experts say that the increased use of our electronic devices may cause temporary discomforts such as headaches, eye strain, watery eyes and blurry vision. There is speculation that blue light emitted from our electronic devices can create problems with our eye health.

“You are not going to get cataracts or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) from using a computer,” said Complete Eye Care Optometrist Scott French. “Those come from genetics, and the sun can cause some that. However, the blue light coming from your telephone is not going cause that.”

Blue light can interfere with sleep patterns if someone is using their device before bed. Various things can be done to help one’s eyes.

“I tell my patients to use the 20-20-20 rule,” said Dr. French. “Every twenty minutes, look away for twenty seconds and stare at something twenty feet away from you. Doing that allows your muscles to relax and replenish your eyes, so you can go back to work.”

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