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Healthy Vision Month: Prioritizing Eye Health in the Digital Age

Posted by E Ink on 2024-05-07

The National Eye Institute (NEI) established May as Healthy Vision Month to raise awareness about eye health and inspire individuals to prioritize the well-being of their eyes. As an integral aspect of Healthy Vision Month, NEI advocates for the adoption of five steps to safeguard vision: get a comprehensive dilated eye exam, live a healthy lifestyle, know your family history, use protective eyewear, and wear sunglasses.

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In addition to these five steps, Healthy Vision Month also prompts us to reconsider our screen time habits and explore ways to protect against the harmful effects of blue light.

In an increasingly connected and always-on world, it’s no surprise that people spend hours looking at screens. And, according to the American Optometric Association, prolonged exposure to blue light emitted by LED monitors, tablets, and mobile devices can negatively affect vision over the long term.

So, how can we ensure the health of our eyes without completely abandoning our devices?

A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that E Ink’s ePaper screens with a ComfortGaze front light are up to three times healthier for eyes than LCD screens. Unlike traditional LCD screens, ePaper screens are non-emissive, meaning they rely on ambient light for viewing. This makes them a wise choice for individuals looking to minimize eye strain and promote long-term eye health when using electronic devices.

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Not all digital screens are the same, and consumers can make intentional choices to swap out their devices for healthier screen time options. For example, by trading your laptop or tablet for an eReader when reading before bed, you can significantly reduce your exposure to blue light. This reduction in blue light exposure is not only gentler on our eyes but can also lead to enhanced circadian rhythms and improved sleep quality.

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As Healthy Vision Month encourages us to prioritize our eyesight, it’s essential to consider not just routine eye care but also the impact of technology on our vision. While digital screens are ever-present in our daily lives, they can pose risks to our eye health, particularly due to prolonged exposure to blue light. By making mindful choices and opting for healthier screen time on ePaper devices, we can protect our eyes and ensure a brighter future for our vision.

Visit the Healthier Screen Time Network to learn more about how you can diversify your screen time to help keep your eyes happy and healthy.

Topics: Digital Paper, Hospitals & Healthcare, Consumer Devices, eReaders, Blue Light, Healthy Screen Time

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