Digital Eye Damage

In today's age of digital age, dependency on electronic technology has caused some to experience digital eye damage. The average American adult stares at a computer screen for 8 hours a day. A recent study has shown that staring at electronic devices too long can cause damage to your eyes. According a local Texoman eye doctor there is some truth to that study.

"As we all know the light that we have that we see with is white light and its part of the spectrum." Said Optometrist Dr. Terry Kirkland of Hayley  Eye Clinic. "Blue Light were learning is very close to UV in the spectrum we know that UV is bad. A lot of things like computers, they use light. Some of that light is in the blue light part of the spectrum and were finding that that's harmful."

Staring at screens all day long can cause eyes to feel weighed down, become itchy, irritated, dry out, and frequently blink. Doctor Kirkland says that people should try and follow the 20/20/20 rule. He explained how the rule works.

"Every 20 minutes look far away 20 feet or more away for 20 seconds.And that allows the eyes to relax, look out a window down a hallway across the office something like that give the eyes a break. And then go back to doing your close work."

Kirkland says that people should find ways to minimize their exposure to digital technology if they hope to maximize their vision longevity. He also says it's not a bad idea to carry some eye drops around for those dried out eyes. When your looking at a screen all day your making you eyes work harder and they can dry quicker.

"So you might just wanna take a break once in a while. Put the technology down go for a walk do something else for a while. I would say go read a book, but if your reading up close rather then on your Kindle you dont have your light coming at you. You just have the light reflected off the page."

Jack Carney Newschannel 6