Smartphones cause of rising eyesight issues, eye surgeon says

Do spend hours staring at your Apple iPhone 5 smartphone or Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone? According to an eye surgeon, staring at the screen of your handset can cause eyesight issues and the amount of eyesight issues are growing.health-fitness_02_temp-1323936260-4ee9aa04-620x348

The Daily Mail reports, “David Allamby, Founder of Focus Clinics, says there has been a 35 per cent increase in the number of people with advancing myopia (short sightedness) since the launch of smartphones in 1997.

“He has warned the problem could increase by 50 per cent in the next ten years.

“Mr Allamby thinks the problem is so widespread that he has dubbed it ‘screen sightedness’.

“He says that half of Britons own smartphones and that they spend an average of two hours a day using them.”

The newspaper adds, “According to Mr Allamby, excessive screen watching at close proximity keeps the genes that control myopia activated well beyond the age that short-sighted would historically have stabilised – about 21.

“Myopia used to stop developing in people’s early 20s but now it is now seen progressing throughout the 20s, 30s, and even 40s.”

Allamby said, “If things continue as they are, I predict that 40 to 50 per cent of 30-year-olds could have myopia by 2033 as a result of smartphones and lifestyles in front of screens – an epidemic we call screen sightedness.

“People need to ensure they limit screen time wherever possible even by going outside without their phone for a period of time each day (getting out into the sunshine has been shown to reduce the progression of short-sight), and also seriously consider the age at which they give their children a smartphone”

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