For the last few years, technology has taken over the world and every individual is a game. The use of technology has its advantages and disadvantages in a bucket that all fail to look into. 

All of us have a tendency to go to bed with our cell phones in our hands. As soon as we shut out the lights, we switch on our cell phones. But have you ever wondered if that habit of ours is something that’s triggering something in our bodies or could be a reason for some health issue? 

What Is A Common Side Effect?

In the start, the eyes are generally introduced with dry eyes and strain. Most of us swiftly shift to rubbing eyes or using an eye drop for the same. 

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The direct glare of over 30 minutes can even cause irreversible eye macular degeneration, resulting in rapid deterioration of vision. This habit may not cause enough damage that can lead to permanent vision loss if a person uses it occasionally. But it would definitely strain the eyes.

There are no scientific studies to substantiate this, the concern for this stems from the fact that mobile devices expose us to high energy visible (HEV) light or blue light, which in certain experiments in laboratories with a high dose of exposure has shown to cause changes in certain cells of the eyes. 

‘Macular degeneration is a disease that naturally happens as humans age. It is caused due to deterioration of the light receptive cells. The poisonous chemical can cause permanent damage to any kind of cell in the human body. Scientists have figured out that an antioxidant chemical, called alpha-tocopherol, generated in the human body prevents the photoreceptor cells from dying but doesn't offer any kind of protection. Photoreceptive cells in the eyes don't have the ability to regenerate once damaged; hence the only way to stay safe is to reduce the rate at which the deterioration happens. The damage from blue light is universal and with smartphones, tablets and televisions taking an indispensable role in our lives, the cell deterioration keeps going on at an alarming rate’ - India Today

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As easily as we say ‘get rid of the gadgets’, honestly, we all can’t. There are a couple of things that can be a suitable alternative for you! 

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What Is Recommended In This Situation? 

Doctors recommend discontinuing using a digital screen about 1 hour before sleeping as it hinders the sleeping process and patterns of an individual. It is recommended for an individual to follow the rule of 20s — every 20 minutes, stare at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will bring back your blink rate to normal and also relax the muscles in your eye.

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If you have any strain, get your eyes examined. Any uncorrected refractive error would only compound your strain. 

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