The use of device screens threatens the vision of hundreds of millions of people

The use of device screens threatens the vision of hundreds of millions of people

Spain’s most important newspaper, El Pais, has covered the huge increase in cases of myopia in Asia for the last few decades. In developed areas of China children spend an average of 14 hours a week doing their homework (usually in front of digital devices) and using smartphones intensively.

According to data from the Shanghai Eye Hospital, cases in the country have boosted in the last 20 years. There, nine out of 10 students entering the university stage suffer from short-sightedness. The worst part of it is that 20% of those affected present myopia magna, (more than eight diopters), says the article.

Ophthalmologists fear that half of China’s college students suffering from myopia magna will end up irreversibly blind. That’s because this condition may lead to serious diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or retinal detachment. The problem is of such a magnitude that the medical community and the Chinese government itself are studying measures.

Please Note: Taking into account that in 2015 there were 37 million college and university students in China, 3.3 million of them will be blind.

The outlook is so tragic that it is difficult to understand why this information is not news in media outlets from all around the world. Unfortunately, different interests collide that makes this impossible.

Does the screen problem affect us?

Obviously, this situation also affects to a greater or lesser extent other regions of the world. Proof of this is that the European Commission has created a scientific committee to analyze the potential consequences for the visual health of citizens of European countries.

And what’s the root of the problem? Electronic device screens, in addition to requiring continuous focus at a specific point, emit high energy visible light massively. This type of radiation impacts more directly on the retina.

The latest studies from the Complutense University of Madrid have shown the damage that the screens can cause to the eyes: a group of rats exposed to marketed tablets for 3 months lost 23% of the cells of the retina, that is, almost one-fourth of their vision. In contrast, rats exposed to tablets with Reticare suffered no damage.

Consider this: rats live between 7 and 10 years and were exposed for only 3 months. Do you realize the risks that the screens present for you and for your family?

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