March 28, 2014
Smartphone overuse may 'damage' eyes, say opticians
Opticians are warning overuse from phones and other devices like computers, tablets, and flat screen TVs can lead to long-term damage. The BBC reports.
It comes as a survey of 2,000 people suggests under 25s check their phones thirty-two times a day.
Optician Andy Hepworth said: "Blue violet light is potentially hazardous and toxic to the back of your eyes. So over a long period of time it can potentially damage your eyes.
"When you're looking at a smart phone, the light peaking out of that is blue violet."
He says tests have found that over exposure to blue-violet light has the potential to put us at greater risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
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