The Hidden Hazards of Digital Devices and Blue Light on Kid’s Eyes

Imagine it’s 2035 and you get a call from your son who proceeds to inform you that, at the young age of 32, he’s going blind as a result of macular degeneration.

Your immediate thought is how is this possible? Macular degeneration is a disease of the old. It is not a disease for young, vibrant people in the midst of their careers, just starting a family, and buying and furnishing their first home.

This cannot be possible…

Your son explains that all of the years playing with your iPhone in a restaurant and playing “educational” games on the tablet you bought him when he was 3, have damaged his eyes.

Blue light emitted from these devices was the cause.

If you had known this at the time, his eye damage could have been avoided with a simple blue light filter for a nominal fee of less than $10. He tells you that he doesn’t blame you because the industry knew and ignored the risk.

You think back to all of the times you handed him your iPhone, or your spouse’s Android, to keep him occupied at dinner with the relatives, at ball games, and while shopping.

You remember the number of times you opened an app for him or a video on Amazon Fire and Amazon Kids.

You recall the time, you and his mother, bought him his own tablet to keep him entertained and how you bought the kids a tablet or iPad so they would leave yours alone.

No one ever told you that his iPad tablet or the Android device, you had lying around the family room, would hurt your son.

You ask yourself, how did this happen? You feel guilty and full of remorse.

You are a good parent. You were very contentious of everything your son did and what he ate.

You made sure he studied, was involved in extracurricular activities and every opportunity was available to him.

The Connected Consumer

The effects of blue light are cumulative and can lead to eye diseases like macular degeneration

Today’s youth may be known as the “App Generation” or the “Connected Consumer.” They were born during the growth of apps and tablet technology and grew up with devices at their fingertips.

According to a Nielsen Study, more than 70 percent of led 燈 children under 12 use tablets and iPads. A recent Journal of Pediatrics study showed that:

20% of 1-year-olds own a tablet.

28% of 2-year-olds could navigate a mobile device without assistance.

28% of parents said they use a mobile device to put their kids to sleep.

The use of tablets and smartphones among young children has simply become child’s play, with kids able to skillfully tap and swipe before they can walk or talk.

Other studies have shown that that nearly half of U.S. consumers couldn’t last a day without their mobile devices.

This makes sense because, for many of us, the first thing that we do in the morning is catch up on email before we even get out of bed; our kids are no different.

Kids model parents behavior…

Then, you head straight to your computer at work and spend a majority of the day on it or using one of the many other digital devices, iPads, mobile phones and tablets that are available in today’s increasing technological driven society.

What if you were told that these electronics were negatively impacting your overall health and vision by emitting a dangerous blue light?

This is a factual statement and is a primary concern for eye doctors across the country. The NIH has been studying the impact of blue light on human eyes since the early 2000’s.

Continual extended screen time can impact your eyes in two significant ways.

 

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