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.
Take a guess…how many hours a day do you think you spend on either a computer, tablet, or smartphone?
Let’s face it, we are a completely digital society. Computers, tablets and smartphones are integrated into every aspect of our lives. Of course, as a blogger, I probably spend at least 90% of my wake hours on at least one of these, but in actuality, my children spend quite a bit of time on these as well – and not just for entertainment. They’re encouraged to use them for school, homework, and other learning tools and the older they get, the more digital technology become relevant for their everyday lives.
[Tweet “Digital Life Fact: We average 8.4 hours/day of screen time #protectyoureyes”]
According to the Vision Council’s 2016 Digital Eye Strain Report, 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. As a parent, I’m left feeling a little conflicted and concerned about what this extended screen time has on the health and wellbeing of both me and family. The LED backlit screens of these devices are known to produce intense short wavelength light (toxic light) that may damage eyes, cause eyestrain, and even disrupt sleep cycles. Exposure to high-energy light can also lead to sleep disorders, computer vision syndrome, and a decrease in macular thickness, which can regress to macular degeneration.
[Tweet “Digital Life Fact: Newer LED backlit screens may emit up to 5 times more times more toxic light. #protectyoureyes”]
Not surprisingly, children have a much higher risk of damaging their eyes from overexposure to high-energy light because natural eye lens protection is not completely developed until age 25. In addition, children tend to hold devices closer to their eyes which makes them even more susceptible to digital eye strain symptoms, which include neck/shoulder/back pain, eye strain, headache, blurred vision, and dry eyes.
[Tweet “Digital Life Fact: 80% of people develop eyestrain after being exposed to electronic devices. Young eyes are particularly at risk. #protectyoureyes”]
I’ve recently been asked to try out Reticare Eye and Screen Protectors and I’m pretty excited about it, especially with back to school season around the corner. Reticare’s eye protector screens can help eye health by protecting the eyes from the harmful effects of high-energy light emitted through these electronic devices. Based on over 14 years of research and backed by scientific data, the screens naturally absorb high-energy light and provide different levels of protection based on the users age and amount of time spend in front of the screen.
Reticare protects our eyes from 3 risks of extended screen time:
• Sleep disorders,
• Computer Vision Syndrome (symptoms include red eyes, blurry eyes, irritated eyes and headaches), and most importantly,
• Retina damage which can onset Glaucoma, Cataracts and Macular Degeneration which can lead to blindness. Once the retina cells die from being overexposed to high energy light, they don’t recover.
Reticare Eye and Screen Protectors are available for most standard electronic devices and you can select the level of protection needed. I went with the intense protection which is specifically for users who spend 8+ hours a day, children/young adults, and adults over 65. Each pack comes with 2 screen protectors and is quick and easy to install.
As parents, we come to the rescue with scrapes and stuffy noses, while also trying our best to keep ourselves healthy all of the time. Protecting our family’s eyes should be just as important. Visit Reticare online for more information about Reticare Eye and Screen protectors.