SQUINTING AND PECKING
I recently read that optometry and other vision care is on a steady uptick and that our vision is steadily becoming worse and critical in some cases from constant eyestrain from phone and computer screens.
In an article from The Eye Center of Texas they said,
“The average person looks at their smartphone 150 times or more per day. All that staring from frequent phone use, computer use, and TV-watching can all lead to eye strain, an eye health issue that, when found in this context, is often called Computer Vision Syndrome.
It’s predicted that 2 out of every 3 Americans will experience eyestrain caused by excessive phone use. Computer Vision Syndrome can lead to blurred vision, dry eyes, sore eyes, and headaches. Here are the main reasons why eyestrain from phone use can cause these symptoms:
Blinking Less Often: Blinking helps your eyes redistribute moisture, keeping them from getting dry, and also acts as a natural defense against excessive exposure to outside elements like dust and sunlight. You should blink about 15 times per minute. That number goes down by half when you stare at your smartphone, giving your eyes much less time to recover.
Squinting: You may not mind reading smaller text on a smartphone screen, but your eyes sure do. Squinting at on-screen text and videos overworks your muscles around your eyes, neck, and shoulders, and is a major cause of eyestrain and blurred vision.
Excessive Glare: Our eyes aren’t meant to stare directly at light for long periods of time, which is why the glare from the light of your cell phone screen can cause eyestrain. Using your phone in the dark to check your emails or social media only exacerbates these negative conditions.
What else causes eye damage from cell phone use? Blue light and macular degeneration. The University of Toledo warns that the blue light emitted from our devices might be increasing cases of macular degeneration.”
This can’t be right… There must be another way, a better way and a safer way before we are all blind and crazy. Oh, I know: turn off the phone, computer and TV. I know that went over big.
Many are trying to find spiritual answers the same way: by squinting and pecking? That is just as crazy. But this is all good for Dr. Hoek the optometrist.
“Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. If one blind man leads another blind man, they will both fall into a hole.” Jesus