These eyes: Is all the screen time hurting our peepers?

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

As if there wasn’t already enough to worry about in the world, maybe we’re not blinking enough. In the Before Times, excessive screen time was already a point of conversation among worried adults and parents concerned about eye health. With quarantine, we’ve got all our usual sources of screen time — television, video games, phones — as well as the relentless drip of COVID-19 news and for many of us, a shift to a wholly online school and work environment. While there are a host of issues surrounding our screen time, including the lack of physical activity, the artificiality of online social interaction, the effects that spending so much time at home has on our mental health and our posture, it doesn’t seem that there are any long-term effects on our eyesight.