The amount of time we spend staring at screens has increased dramatically in the last few years. We know that our sedentary lifestyles spent staring at screens impacts our physical health thanks to the obesity crisis, and we’re starting to explore the impact on our mental well-being as anxiety disorders are on the rise, but what effect is all this screen time having on our eyesight?

“No one knows for sure at this point if prolonged use of digital devices actually causes permanent damage to the eyes,” explained Gary Heiting, OD, senior editor of AllAboutVision.com, “but it’s well established that it causes eye strain and discomfort.”

Are smartphones a pain in the neck? According to new research carried out by a US doctor, they are far worse – “text neck” is becoming an epidemic that could lead to permanent damage.

The posture we adopt as we stare at our phones, according to the surgeon behind the paper, increases the stress on the neck and can cause excessive wear and tear that may eventually require an operation to correct it.

There’s something incredibly powerful about the blue lights that the designers of our smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens have been able to create. The lights in these screens glow so bright that we can see them even during a sunny day. At night, they’re bright enough that they’ve been compared to a “little window” that daylight can peer through.

That’s why – hard as it might be to stop – looking at your phone at night is a terrible idea.

Article roundup: every bit of time spent outdoors can make a world of difference: outdoor activity is important to maintain a healthy eye and body.

Increasing time outdoors can reduce the incidents of myopia in children

There are worries that the surging number of people with myopia, commonly known as short-sightedness, could be linked to an environmental trend rather than pure genetics..

90% of 18-year-olds in parts of Asia are short-sighted, with the likely culprit being lack of exposure to direct sunlight

Kids seem to spend endless hours on smartphones, games consoles, computers and tablets these days.

Article roundup: Devices can be a friend and a foe, balance is key: using devices in a healthy and proper manner is of utmost importance.

Smartphones are damaging this generation’s mental health

The iGen generation (those born after 1995) is more likely to have mental health issues compared to their millennial predecessors, with the cause closer to us than you think

How heavy use of social media is linked to mental illness

Social media gave teens extra scope for self-expression and community-building, but also exacerbate anxiety and depression.

Screen Dependency Disorder Is Real, and It Damages Your Child’s Brain

Children as young as 3-4 years old can suffer from Screen Dependency Disorder! Experts recommend that kids ages 2 to 5 years old should have a maximum of one hour screen time a day.

Keep Your Head Up: How Smartphone Addiction Kills Manners and Moods

Bad posture when using devices has been proven to affect mood, behavior and memory.

There is more than meets the screen: the problem of excessive screen time is widespread.

Blue light from mobile phones and computers can cause irreversible damage to eyes: Scientific Reports study

Article roundup: Exposure to blue light from screens can lead to diseases such as loss of vision and night blindness.

Is screen-related short-sightedness the next health timebomb?

A ‘digital myopia’ is plaguing British children – children are 3% more likely to develop myopia for each hour they spend playing computer games.