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Apr 27, 2020

While at home, remember increased screen time can have negative side effects

by Kirstie Burgess, Staff Writer April 26, 2020 Due to the coronavirus, many people have had to change their homes into spaces for learning and working. One of the downsides of this shift is the negative impacts of the increased exposure to blue light created by electronic screens. The largest source of blue light is sunlight. Even though we get most of our exposure from the sun, the long-term effects of blue light that comes from closer to eyes is a growing concern among eye doctors and health care professionals. According to the UC Davis Health Newsroom, overexposure to blue light could damage retinal cells and cause vision problems such as age-related macular degeneration. This eye disease affects the center image of your vision and can cause blurred vision or loss of sight. Much more research is needed to determine how much blue light is too much, but eye doctors and health care professionals are still worried about the risk of macular degeneration. Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain is defined as a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. Common symptoms of CVS are eye strain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes. However, these symptoms could also be caused by other variables such as glare on a screen or undiagnosed vision problems. “Luckily, I am not experiencing symptoms from using my computer,” Jayla Lee, Journalism and Media Studies lecturer, said. “As soon as we transitioned to virtual classes, I strived to create an ergonomic workspace at home.” Many symptoms will go away when stopping the use of digital devices, but if they continue, it’s best to seek help or the symptoms could worsen. “I’ve only been watching one episode of a Netflix show each day and listening to podcasts instead,” interdisciplinary studies junior Sophia Burkert said……… Read more: Source: The Daily Aztec Image: Credit of Freepik

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