Is technology one of the major causes of eye health problems in the UK at the moment? Currently one in five Opticians and GP’s believe this to be the case.
To add to this stat, almost 50% of Opticians say that over the past few years they have seen a massive increase in the amount of eye problems which have been related to technology.
This problem is well known by adults, with 3/4 of the UK adult population believe that the more you use and consume technology, the more at risk you are to damaging your eyes. Even though the majority of UK parents believe this to be the case most of them still allow their children to play on their Xbox, their PlayStation, their computer and their iPad for close to 3 hours every single day.
Research had found that just under 1/3 of UK parents let their children spend around 4 hours a day on their tech gadgets, just over 10% parents said they allow their children to use technology for up to 6 hours a day. This however does not take into account the amount of time they would spend watching the TV and using their laptop, computer etc, to do their homework.
Rob Morris, the Ophthalmic Surgeon and Medical Director at Optegra said:”It is clear from our research that a worrying number of children in the UK are having far more screen time than recommended, which we know can lead to conditions like eye strain and dry eye.”
Mr Morris added:”We would urge parents to ensure their children take regular breaks from the tech presents they receive this Christmas. If their children have symptoms of sore, dry eyes they should take advice from an optician at a check-up.”
All the facts and figures for this article has been found by the Eye Hospital Optegra.