Blue light from smartphones speeds up blindness, read how to prevent it

Blue light from digital devices could accelerate blindness

Blue light from smartphones speeds up blindness, read how to prevent it

Researchers at the University of Toledo in OH found that our blue-tinted screens are wrecking our eyes and accelerating our risk of blindness. The blue light triggers the creation of poisonous chemical molecules in our eyes' photoreceptor cells.

Americans spend up to 11 hours a day in front of a digital screen, but our commitment to our phones and laptops is having unwanted effects on our eyes, a new study from peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports found. What is new, however, is the clear link to macular degeneration.

Starr says that a non-physiologic study such as this would not warrant the Academy of Ophthalmology to update their screen-time recommendations, which maintains that staring at your device screens for long periods of time won't cause permanent eye damage.

Still, even the speculation is alarming to researchers.

People should wear sunglasses that can filter both UV and blue light outside and avoid browsing on smartphones, laptops and similar gadgets in the dark, Researchers and an assistant professor at the University of Toledo said. "When they're dead, they're dead for good". This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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