Latest research reveals one in ten Brits are so obsessed with modern technology they look at their smartphone constantly and even take it to bed. This is taking its toll on our eyes, as 41% of Brits suffer from headaches or blurred vision after regular computer and smartphone use.
The new research, by Clarivu permanent lens replacement, has found that almost half (47%) of Brits aged over 60 use their hand held technology more now than five years ago, with 17% saying they use it twice as much now.
And a surprising 40% of over 60s look at the tiny screens of their Blackberry or iPhone up to 10 times a day.
Eye health professionals are concerned about the impact of our smartphone addiction, as 20% of UK adults admit they wished the text on their screens was bigger, and almost a quarter (23%) of Brits need glasses to read their screens clearly, with this figure jumping to 43% of over 60s.
However, the older and wiser generation are setting a good example with 69% having the recommended annual eye test, compared to just 51% of 30-44 year olds. And this is despite 1.8 million people in the UK being classified as visually impaired.
Optegra Medical Director, Mr Rob Morris, commented: “The convenience of modern technology means we can take our work and enjoy our social networking wherever we go. But this technology culture is making increasing demands on our eyes, particularly in the ‘silver surfer’ group, where we are noticing eye strain which means they struggle to use their smartphones without glasses.
“We are putting more and more pressure on our eye sight, and as the nation’s workforce gets older, we are seeing increased eye strain and more people developing long and short sightedness with age. In this age group, 96% wear glasses some or all of the time, yet many do not wish to. The good news is there is help available.”
Mr Morris concluded: “Laser surgery is often a good solution for younger patients, but for the over 50s, Clarivu is a painless and proven procedure where the natural lens of the eye is replaced permanently with a technically advanced artificial lens, giving clear vision for both reading and distance, and most importantly, freedom from wearing glasses or contact lenses.”
Mr Robert Morris, Medical Director for Optegra, offers the following advice for technology fans:
For those who do not want to wear glasses, look into alternatives such as Clarivu permanent lens replacement