Under the Eye Love My Local Independent Optician campaign, independent practice Openshaw opticians, in Cleckheaton is keen to raise awareness of the risk of developing short-sightedness, caused by constant and continued use of the latest gadgets.
The debate as to whether computer use causes deterioration of eye health has been documented ever since the introduction of the first PC. However, Steve Dando points out that the humble computer, while still dominating our daily lives, is just one of the many devices now contributing to the increased possibility of consumers developing myopia, otherwise known as short-sightedness. Steve Dando(optometrist at Openshaw Opticians), said: “A day spent working at a computer is often interrupted by texting a friend from your smartphone, followed by an evening spent playing a video game, or watching your favourite programme on a 3D television.
“As each new technological device that enters the market becomes the must have accessory, everyday lives are being spent moving from one gadget to another, putting constant stress and strain on the eyes.
“Any interaction with a digital device that requires sustained concentration will cause the inner eye muscles to tighten, prompting eye strain in some cases. As a result the eyes can become irritated, dry and uncomfortable. People may even suffer from blurred vision and headaches, both symptoms of short-sightedness.”
Acknowledging the effects of the constant use of modern technology, the Eye Love My Local Independent Optician campaign is encouraging people to visit their local optical practice for a regular eye test to identify any potential problems and seek advice about how best to manage the use of hi-tech gadgets to ensure pro-longed eye health.
Spokesman for the Eye Love My Local Independent Optician campaign, Paul Surridge, said: “Independent optical practices are there to learn about your lifestyle and help
care of your long term eye health. “Drawing on their expertise, independent opticians invest time in testing your eyes to see whether any stress or strain through continued close-up work is leading to short-sightedness.”
To find out more about the Eye Love My Local Independent Optician campaign, consumers can visit www.eyelovelocal.co.uk where they can access tips and advice on taking care of their eyes.