Modern Technology Leads To Risk Of Short-Sightedness
The national body for independent opticians, Eye Love Local's campaign to raise awareness about the effects of modern technology on eyes.
Gavin Rebello, Director, Patrick and Menzies, has been called upon by the national body for independent opticians, Eye Love Local, to help with their campaign to raise awareness about the effects of modern technology on eyes. He has recently helped with their media relations campaign to spread the word nationwide.
It is believed that people in the UK spend seven hours a day watching TV, surfing the net and using their mobile phones, and there are concerns that our obsession with hi-tech devices is leading to growing cases of short-sightedness.
Gavin is keen to point out that it’s not just use of the computer, he says: “A day spent working at a computer is often interrupted by texting a friend from your smartphone, followed by an evening spent playing a video game, or soon, watching your favourite programme on a 3D television.
“As each new technological device that enters the market becomes the must have accessory, everyday lives are being spent moving from one gadget to another, putting constant stress and strain on the eyes.
“Any interaction with a digital device that requires sustained concentration will cause the inner eye muscles to tighten, prompting eye strain in some cases. As a result the eyes can become irritated, dry and uncomfortable. People may even suffer from blurred vision and headaches, both symptoms of short-sightedness.”
Acknowledging the effects of the constant use of modern technology, the Eye Love My Local Independent Optician campaign is encouraging people to visit their local optical practice for a regular eye test to identify any potential problems and seek advice about how best to manage the use of hi-tech gadgets to ensure pro-longed eye health.
For more information visit the website www.eyelovelocal.co.uk