The Macular Degeneration Association came across this article. We thought we should pass it along as we are all guilty using our smartphones and iPads too much. Our dependency on technology is hurting our health. 

Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014    By Joseph Reitano Special to AFN

The way we light our world has fundamentally changed over the last decade in a way that has never happened in the history of man — our eyes are now exposed to as much light daily from electronics as from the sun. Smartphones, tablets, computer screens, LED TVs, and the federally-mandated CFL and LED light bulbs all emit high amounts of blue light which can cause serious issues for our eye care and our general health.

Most of us are glued to our tablets or smartphones from the moment we wake up, sending emails or texts or catching the morning news. We may then go in to work and stare at a computer screen for at least eight hours. Then perhaps go home to relax while surfing the Internet and catching up on our favorite TV shows. Then maybe we scan our social media pages, upload some photos and read a few more articles on our tablet before powering down our devices and turning out the lights. In fact, a recent study by Neilson found that adults spend 11 hours a day with electronic media. Never before have we been surrounded by so much artificial light and the negative long-term effects are just beginning to be understood. Not only can blue light cause eye strain and impair our daily vision, but it can also contribute to Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)…..Read more: http://www.ahwatukee.com/ahwatukee_medical/2014/article_bceaaa82-4f3c-11e4-bf83-df191c24c8a9.html

 

source: Ahwatukee Foothills News

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