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'Global epidemic of blindness' on the horizon, experts warn

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    'Global epidemic of blindness' on the horizon, experts warn: Hours spent staring at screens 'will rob millions of their sight decades early'

    * High energy light from digital screens is damaging our retinas, a new study says

    * Damage to the retinas - the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye - is the biggest cause of central blindness

    * Experts say it is now 'clearer than ever' that we are facing a new global epidemic

    * But using a filter over screens can prevent further damage, researchers claim

    Experts warn we face a global epidemic of blindness if we continue to spend hours you spend staring at a screen.

    The high energy light emitted from digital screens is causing irreversible damage to our eyes by deteriorating the retinas.

    Damage to the retinas - the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye - is the biggest cause of central blindness.

    And a new report warns 'it is now clearer than ever that we are facing a global epidemic' of sight loss - particularly for the millions of children who are exposed to digital screens earlier than ever.

    Lead researcher Dr Celia Sanchez-Ramos said: 'It is paramount for adults and parents to act now and protect themselves from further damage.'

    Currently, there are approximately 900 million devices. Of those, 70 million are used by children in the US without eye protection such as a protective screen or glasses.

    The study, conducted at University Complutense of Madrid in Spain, analyzed and compared the results of two previous studies.

    The first exposed the retinas of rats to tablet screens emitting white LED light, one group with filters and the other group without filters.

    After three months of exposure to white LED light, the rats exposed to tablets without filters experienced approximately a 23 percent increase in retinal cell death, which can lead to a loss of vision.

    The rats that were exposed to tablets filtered with Reticare, the only eye protector based on scientific data, experienced no retina cell death.

    Additionally, the study showed exposure to LED light from tablet screens favors the expression of genes that promote cell death and the enzymes involved in causing cell death.

    These effects are largely reversed by using the appropriate filter on tablet screens.

    Dr Sanchez-Ramos said: 'These results are important because LED screens are being used by the majority of the population, adults and children, for work, school and entertainment.'

    A second study looked at the amount of light entering the eye based on the device, the user, the diameter of the pupil and the distance of the device to the eye.

    Scientists measured the emission of the LED screens from different devices and calculated the amount of high energy light.

    LED displays of digital devices (smartphones, tablets, computers and game consoles) emit light with a high proportion of short wavelength, which is a visible radiation that is characterized by being highly energetic and can cause damage to the eyes.

    The results found that children received three times more light of short wavelength. Due to their shorter arms, they are exposed to high energy light at a shorter distance than an adult who uses the same device.

    More than 2,000 children between ages eight and 18 reported that, on an average day, they spent approximately 7.5 hours using devices with LED displays in academic and leisure activities.

    The approximate distribution of this time is 4.5 hours watching television, 1.5 hours on computer tasks and more than an hour with video games

    Recently, the European Government established a scientific commission prioritizing the study of screen risks to eye health, and has demanded all researchers to provide the results of their work.

    Aside from retinal damage, computer screens can also cause the eyes to become dry, due to reduced blinking while staring at screens.

    Experts recommend the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you stare at a digital screen, turn your gaze 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more to let the eye muscles relax.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...indness-screen-time-blinding-kids-adults.html
     
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    Research funded by a "filter screen" manufacturer.
     
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  4. McPatrick

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    Set brightness on your screen to ~40-60% = problem solved. You will still have good sight and if you are getting migraines or other head pains, they will go away.
     
  5. JustUs

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    This sounds like fake news and fake research to me. If strong light leads to blindness, then why haven't humans gone blind in the untold millennia of homo sapiens due to sun exposure? Sun exposure is far stronger than the light emitted from LED screens.
     
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    Not necessarily. When I have a migraine, then bright lights increase the pain and the halos. However, bright light is not a trigger.
     
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    I already am basically blind without contacts so - YOLO
     
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    This story is likely bullshit but staring at a screen for hours at a time, being exposed to blue light in particular, is probably different from sunlight exposure. You're not supposed to stare at the sun for a reason, right?
     
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    i will wear sunglasses from now on.
     
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    So basically I could be blind at 50, but also have some new eyes 3D printed for me?
     
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    there's a big difference between looking directly at a light source and looking at something reflecting light.
     
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    I don't get why so many researchers are involved in BS studies that don't really solve anything, the more research put into 3D printing of organs especially the eye or a cybernetic eye the quicker those will come. Few are going to change their habits because of this study, however lots will benefit from being able to get replacement eyes in 2025 vs 2030.

    Its like global warming it seems there is more put into making people aware of it and debating the nay sayers rather than helping drop down the cost of products that reduce the carbon footprint of persons.
     
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    Hopefully get some 3D printed eyes ASAP x)!
     
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    Having just gone through this in selecting LED lighting for my home, I would say wrong. You are mistaken.


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  19. JustUs

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    From your article:
     
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    Aahhh the Daily Mail aka the Daily Fail...dont know how many English people are posting in this thread but this paper is notorious in England for being tabloid bullshit...
     
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