August 14, 2019
Shocker: Your eyes are designed for looking at objects that are more than a few inches away from your face.
So many people, especially young people and teenagers, spend a significant period of time each day staring at a screen of some kind, whether that be a computer, smartphone, tablet, or the regular old TV. Now, a new study is warning parents that all that screen time may be behind a stunning rise in children who need prescription glasses.
According to the report released by United Kingdom-based eye care company Scrivens Opticians, the percentage of 13-16 year olds in the U.K. who need glasses has nearly doubled over the past seven years — from 20% in 2012 to 35% in 2018. Two-thirds of those teens were diagnosed as being myopic, or short-sighted.
Researchers theorize that this significant increase in eye problems among young people is likely linked to excessive time spent staring at screens, which can lead to eye strain, shortsightedness, and blurred vision. In fact, the study also found that the average 13-16 year old spends around 26 hours per week staring at a smartphone, playing video games, or watching TV.
Overall, optometrists from Scrivens say that much more research is needed to determine what all this screen time is really doing to teens’ eyes, especially in the long-term.
Like everything else in the modern world, spending all day staring at objects right in front of your face is a society-wide experiment with unknown yet predictably bad consequences that Our Leaders have decided to engage in because we are willing to partake in it.
The best remedy for this, obviously, is to not screw around on your phone all day. Aside from your eyes, mass cell phone usage is most likely a sign of the coming Antichrist.
However, even if you can put down the phone, many or most of you probably have to use a computer for hours upon hours at work every day (if you’re lucky enough to only spend an hour a day reading this website, you are luckier than most).
Even if you can avoid eye problems (and if you’re an adult, you probably can), you are still going to be dealing with massive problems with your posture at most workstations.
If you have real screen work to do, don’t do this:
Make sure your screen is at the right distance and at eye level, and your keyboard is at hand level. You may need to put your monitor on top of something to bring it up to your level. It’s impossible to achieve both of these objectives at the same time with a laptop, so get a real keyboard for your workstation.
If you want to really be comfortable and your legs haven’t calcified yet, just unscrew the armrests and the back from your office chair so that your back straightens under your own weight, and so that can switch between sitting cross-legged, sitting on your ankles, etc.
You can also demand that your workplace provide you with a standing desk. If they refuse, you can get a letter from a doctor very easily by just saying you have posture and lower back problems.
But the bottom line is that these devices are not good for anyone.
Whenever you can, go outside.
And go to the gym to counteract the problems that they cause your body.