Lately, more and more people at a younger age with eye diseases seem to be on the rise. Previously, eye diseases that have begun at ages around 70-80 year olds now are being reported to begin among 40-50 year olds. This week I have seen a new case of a woman with just over 50 years old with cataracts that make it already difficult to work, when her parents had the same disease in their 80s. This is a very serious matter that we must completely address. If this is happening with middle-aged people, one wonders what’s awaiting the so-called “digital natives”.
We have known for centuries that aging is related with the quality of life and exposure to elements in the environment can be crucial, especially if these elements are toxic.
It is well known that the skin ages with the sun and that it has the capacity to regenerate over time however, what most people do not know is that the cells of the retina do not have the capacity to regenerate therefore, its maintenance is a priority, in order to be able to properly see in the future.
Aging is related to the oxidation of cells and free radicals exert a prominent role in this process. The latest experiments have been able to identify the molecule that intervenes in this process that accelerates cell death, caused by blue light. In the last ten years, the emissions of blue light have dramatically increased on the screens we use such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and monitors. Blue light emission is responsible for the photoxidation of retina cells and it is the activator of the killer cell molecule that causes irreversible retina damage.
Symptoms of using screens such as itchy eyes, headache and eyestrain are warning signs that hide a much bigger problem. Just look around to realize the number of people diagnosed too early with cataracts, retinal detachment or worse -- macular degeneration, the most important cause of irreversible blindness in the world which, after it happens, ends in a few years with central blindness.
Another interesting experiment, after analyzations, asked if the fact of using mobile phones for a short period of time could be a risk for the retina. The results showed that in the case of animals, the damage was documented, after 28 days, with only one hour of daily use.
The experiment presented at RCC-Harvard last year demonstrated, using screens with Reticare filters, the deterioration of the retina cells or aging of the premature eye, can be eliminated. The lab animals this time were exposed to tablets without protection lost 23% of the cells in only 3 months and, on the contrary, tablets with Reticare protection, there was no loss.
Protect yourself, your family and friends if you want to maintain quality of vision for many years. That is why you should consider the recommendations we make seriously, use Reticare on all device screens and reduce the number of hours in front of screens as much as possible.