Keep an eye on technology use

  • The overuse of technology, like cellphones, tablets and computers, can affect one’s vision.

    According to Dr. Scott Fuldauer, optometrist at Park Opticians in Pepper Pike, and Bianca Kostranchuk, optometrist at Chardon and Chesterland Family Eyecare in Chardon and Chester Township, technology has changed eye health.

    “Digital devices demand much more from our eyes compared to reading traditional print work,” Kostranchuk said. “The more (time) we spend on our computers, smart phones and tablets, the more we are at risk for digital eyestrain. This eyestrain can present itself in many ways, most often with intermittent blurry vision, burning, itching, headaches and in some cases, double vision.”

    Though Fuldauer recognizes a change in eye health due to the rise of technology use, he’s not sure if it’s conclusive yet.

    “I’ve been in business since 1984, so I’ve seen eyes before and after the advent of technology,” he said. “I don’t see a huge difference in the population’s eye health as a whole.”

    A few technological factors can impact one’s eye health.

    “This is true with anything, even with general reading, but don’t put the material too close to the eyes,” Fuldauer said. “It shouldn’t be closer than 16 inches. Also, look up frequently and give yourself a rest for a few minutes. Also, make sure you give yourself adequate lighting.”

    Kostranchuk said, “With the addition of supplied tablets to most of the elementary and high schools and the increase in the number of device-related games and toys, children are also routinely affected. Most 2-year-olds now know how to use an iPad these days. Because of this, we see a lot of patients in our office that are not in need of prescription eye wear, but relief from their eyestrain symptoms.”

    Kostranchuk also noted research is “pointing the finger” at blue light, which is a portion of the light spectrum between UV and visible light. Blue light causes damage to retinal cells and can lead to age-related macular degeneration and cataracts……

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Source: Cleveland Jewish News