Technology has changed the way we consume content. We read more on screens now, instead of actual books, we watch TV on our phones and computers instead of the TV. All these changes have increased convenience and access to a variety of content, but they also come with health related drawbacks.

When you look at something near (near distance is defined as 40cm or arms length), your eyes need to accommodate in order for you to see clearly. Excessive accommodation has been found to increase the likelihood of developing myopia. Today, there are more myopic people in the world than 20 years ago, because of technology. We just can’t seems to keep our eyes off the screen. It’s very important to give your eyes a rest regularly, so watch TV the old fashioned way once in a while, put away the tablet or phone and go for a walk. Regular eye exams are essential.

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