Children using smart phones at risk of irreversible eye damage

Islamabad—The experts have discouraged screening by children younger than age 2 and advised to limit time to maximum one or two hours a day for younger childern to avoid health hazards.
Medical Expert from Poly Clinic Hospital, Dr Sharif Astori said, “Children who use smart phones and tablets are at risk of potential irreversible eye damage because of blue light emissions from digital devices, according to a leading Sydney optometrist.
He told that , “Exposure in children could possibly lead to early onset macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness for those over 50 or earlier.”
“Cell phone usage can also lead to early cataract in lens apart from affecting retina, cornea and other ocular systems of the eye.” he added.
Child Specialist Dr Sadia Saeed suggested parents to make sure that kids have a wide variety of free-time activities like reading, playing with friends, and sports, which can all play a vital part in helping them develop a healthy body and mind.
Screen time is a term used for activities done in front of a screen, such as watching TV, working on a computer, playing video games or using smart phones. Screen time is sedentary activity, meaning you are being physically inactive while sitting down.
A mother Amnah Inam said, “What worries me is we are giving tablets and phones to children as young as two to play with and over years we really don’t know what the ramifications might be.”
“I use to give smart phones to my children to watch poems and cartoons now they have got addicted to it.I am concerned that this habit will cause loss of eyesight.”—APP

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