Is tech ruining our eyesight?

     Technology has become a vital part of many people’s lives. Used for working, teaching, entertainment and so much more, people can stare at screens for hours at a time. While technology is a valuable tool in today’s world, excess screen time may be slowly damaging our vision.

     According to the American Optometric Association, the lengthy usage of screens can cause computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain. This syndrome has been related to a range of general eye and vision-related symptoms, including eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes, and headaches. These symptoms are usually temporary and can be relieved by taking breaks and practicing good visual habits.

     Another cause for technological concern related to eyesight is blue light. Blue light is a type of light wave emitted by digital screens. It is visible light that can penetrate the eye and can cause damage to the retina. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there is no scientific evidence that blue light from digital devices can cause significant long-term harm to the eyes.

     While digital devices may cause temporary visual symptoms, there is no conclusive evidence that they are causing permanent damage to our eyesight. However, it is important to take measures to protect our eyes, such as taking frequent breaks, adjusting the screen brightness and contrast, and using computer glasses.

     “I usually spend a lot of time in front of computer screens and use my phone often,” sophomore Engelbert Maya. “I’m starting to think that I am spending too much time in front of screens because I recently had to get glasses. Sometimes after staring at screens for a while, my eyes start feeling sore and I get horrible migraines.”

     According to a study published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, wearing computer glasses, also known as blue light glasses, can significantly reduce symptoms of digital eye strain. The study found that participants who wore computer glasses experienced a reduction in symptoms such as headaches, eye strain, and blurred vision compared to those who did not wear them.

     Though prolonged use of digital devices can cause temporary visual issues and afflictions, there is no specific evidence that technology is permanently ruining our eyesight. It is still important to take measures to protect our eyes and practice good habits to lessen the risk of eye strain and other visual problems.