Health experts posit our eyes suffer more abuse due to multiple electronic gadgets we now use.
“In the early 2000s, we had PCs so we’re talking about computers then. But now that almost everyone has a smartphone or a tablet, our eyes are constantly exposed to harmful blue light and at such a close range that they are easily absorbed by our eyes,” said Dr. Joy Go, assistant vice president for marketing and merchandising of Ideal Vision Center.
Staring at gadgets’ screen for eight straight hours can be very harmful because they emit harmful blue light which passes through the iris, explained Dr. Go. “These harmful lights, when absorbed excessively by our retina, can cause eye damage and blindness.”
So how does one prevent vision problems? First, Dr. Go said one should set a time limit on electronic device usage.
“Don’t stare at your gadgets continuously for long hours, especially not at night before going to bed because that’s the time when our body needs to heal and recuperate.”
Those who are working in the office must practice the 20/20 rule. “After every 20 minutes of working in front of the computer, take a break and look outside for about 20 minutes, or if not possible, five to 10 minutes. Then you go back to working again.”
She added that proper distance from the computer should also be observed. “It helps a lot. Kasi hindi lang mata ang masisira, pati ulo at likod (Because it doesn’t only damage eyes, but the head and back as well)” It is a must to blink and rest our eyes from time to time, she added.
Lastly, Dr. Go stressed the importance of wearing protective glasses with right lenses.
“We want to raise awareness of the importance of wearing protective glasses which mean fewer headaches and less eye fatigue and damage caused by harmful lights from computer screens,” said Dr. Go.
As a testament to its advocacy campaigns, IVC has been working with Essilor, the leading ophthalmic company in the country, for more than three decades now. Both companies share the same vision of raising awareness of proper eye care. The partnership also helps IVC provide advanced products to its clients.
Among the Essilor brands available at Ideal Vision are Crizal, Essilor’s flagship brand that provides complete protection against harmful UV rays; Transitions, the leading photochromic lenses that adapt to the changing light indoors and outdoors; and Varilux, the world’s most advanced progressive lens for those 40 years old and above.