With all the addicting apps, captivating shows, and responsibilities gluing our eyes to some from of screen, it is important to think about eye strain prevention. If I had to be honest, I think I spend around 85 percent of my waking day looking at a screen. This sponsored post is a part of the campaign “Protecting America’s Eyes” by Reticare in order to inform U.S. citizens about the importance of eye protection from device screens. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.
Screen Time Overload
Between my phone, my laptop, Kindle, the TV and tablet, my eyes are constantly staring at a screen. Especially now that Pokemon GO was released. My goodness, the whole family is completely addicted. Right now, even as I type this post, my phone is sitting next to me–screen on. My eyes are literally jumping from my laptop screen, to my phone, to the TV on behind me.
I’m not proud of this by any means. However, it’s a reality many of us live in. My kids are the same way. I try to monitor their screen time the best I can and now that it’s summer they are playing outside more often but when they come in, they typically turn straight to a screen.
Okay, so we all know we’re staring at screens for probably too long. But why is that so bad?
Eye Strain Prevention
Have you heard of ‘toxic light’? It is a form of high energy light that can cause sleep disorders, computer vision syndrome, and a decrease in macular thickness–which can regress to macular degeneration. And our devices are shining it right into our eyes all day.
The Vision Council’s 2016 Digital Eye Strain Report found that nearly 60% of Americans use digital devices for five hours or more each day, and 70% of Americans use two or more devices at a time. Children have a much higher risk of damaging their eyes from overexposure to high-energy light because their natural eye lens protection does not complete its development until age 25.
The Good News
We don’t have to break up with our devices. Reticare has eye protector screens that naturally absorb high-energy light and provide different levels of protection based on the user’s age and amount of time spent in front of the screen.
Reticare protects our eyes from 3 risks:
- Sleep disorders
- Computer Vision Syndrome with symptoms such as red eyes, blurry eyes, irritated eyes and headaches — (if you get migraines, check out our series about the daith piercing.)
- Retina damage which is the most important risk. Retina damage can onset glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration which can lead to blindness. Once the retina cells die from being over exposed to high energy light, they don’t recover. We must protect our eyes and focus on eye strain prevention.
I put Reticare screen filters on our tablet, my laptop, and both kids’ phones. Installation was super easy. I chose the “intense” level of protection and was kind of surprised to see that the screen protector was yellow. I worried this would distort the colors. I was shocked to see NO difference at all. It’s just easy on the eyes. Can you even tell which is the ‘before’ and which is the ‘after’ installation photo?
While I still have to monitor their screen time, I don’t feel so bad about them straining their eyes while playing their games and enjoying their favorite YouTubers.
Do you think about eye strain prevention?