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It seems everywhere you look you find people of all ages connected to an electronic device. Toddlers playing games and learning on an I-Pad, teenagers texting or checking our social media, adults finding out the score of last night's game or reading the newspaper, Our society has become wired and connected to smart phones, tablets and other electronic devices. Access to technology is a wonderful thing, but what is it doing to you? Besides interfering with our bodies' natural clock and shortening our sleep cycles it may be effecting your eyes,
 
The light spectrum is made up of both visible and invisible light rays. It's long been known that UV rays (part of the invisible light spectrum) can cause harm to us. UV rays can hurt the skin and are contributory to cataracts. Treatments are available to be added to prescription glasses to block UV rays, many contact lenses have a UV blocker on them. Even our car windows have a UV treatment on them. What about the other bands of light in that visible spectrum?
 
The last few years there has been a great deal of research into identifying what colors of the visible spectrum penetrate the eye and the effect it has on it. Scientists and researchers have identified a specific band of blue light that can harm the retina and cause cells to die, This cellular destruction could lead to ARMD (Aged Related Macular Degeneration).
 
According to the Pew Research Center in 2015, nearly 2/3 of all Americans own a smart phone with 4.7 hours spent on it daily1. All of these electronic devices emit harmful blue light rays. You need to take steps now to protect your eyes.
 
Wear blue light blocker glasses or add a treatment to your prescription glasses to block those light rays. Put a filter or dim the brightness of the device especially at nighttime. Reverse the print in the evening or enable features on your smart phone to help reduce those blue light emissions. Apple(R) has introduced night shift with its IOS 9.3 release or blue shade on the Amazon Fire(R).
 
As always schedule an appointment with your eye care provider. Through a dilated eye exam they will be able to examine the retina and look for any changes. If it's been more than a year since your last exam why not schedule your appointment today. (419) 334-8121 or (419) 435-3482.
 
 
1- http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/informate-report-social-media-smartphone-use/
 
 

Contact Eye Centers Of Northwest Ohio

2311 Hayes Avenue
Fremont, Ohio 43420
(419) 334-8121
 
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Fostoria, Ohio 44830
(419) 435-3482
 
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