“We’re definitely seeing an increase, so I think long-term concerns will be myopia,” said optometrist Ida Chung.
California, USA — Hindsight is 20/20, but looking back on this year, we find that 2020 wasn’t very kind to our eyes.
Optometrists said telecommuting and distance learning burden students in one or more ways.
From zoom classes to conferences, the increase in screen time in 2020 is almost inevitable and hurt our eyes.
“We’re definitely seeing an increase, so I think long-term concerns will be short-sighted,” said Aida Chung, chairman-elect of the California Optometry Association.
Not only that, optometrists are reporting more patients with blurred vision, dry eye, and headaches.
Myopia, or myopia, has increased in children and adults over the years as digital devices have become more commonplace.
In 2017, the National Eye Institute predicted that 50% of the world would have myopia by 2050. Doctors like Chung are afraid to work from home, and virtual classrooms accelerate their rate.
She said that, like the 20-20-20 rule, people can do in these new working environments to protect their eyes.
“After doing something close to 20 minutes, I stare at an object about 20 feet away for 20 seconds, which resets my eyes,” she said.
Chung also recommended that the computer screen be separated by eye level by arm length and reduced in brightness to suit the environment.
However, her most important advice is to have a comprehensive eye examination from your optometrist to determine your eye health and what to do if he or she detects a problem.
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