Wednesday, February 17, 2016

IPhones Making the World Blind?


A recent study shows that about half the world’s population will become short sighted by 2050. This news is incredibly shocking. In addition, about 1 billion people may have a significantly increased risk of blindness. Researchers say that this phenomenon is due to the increase in Myopia. According to the American Optometric Association, myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a condition in which people can see close objects very clearly but have impaired vision when things are farther away. “This occurs when the eyeball is too long or the cornea is too curved. As a result, the light entering the eye isn’t focused correctly, and distant objects look blurred”.

http://media-1.web.britannica.com/eb-media/45/63345-004-1DB996D5.jpgMyopia currently affects about 30 percent of the U.S. population, but there may be a significant increase in those numbers if we don’t take the necessary precautions. This is likely due to a combination of environmental factors and lifestyle changes. This phenomenon can be explained by people spending more time indoors dealing with work related activities, and spending less time outdoors. In this new age in society, technology may be to blame for the sudden rise of myopia. In order to combat this condition, there must be some kind of reform with regards to public health care. Eye care services are responsible for managing the rapid increase in myopes.

https://images.sciencedaily.com/2016/02/160217113308_1_540x360.jpgOne plan involves annual eye examinations for young children. The idea is to find symptoms of the condition early so preventive measures can be taken promptly. Future generations should also be spending less time on electrical devices, such as tablets and iPhones to reduce their risk. This could be a difficult task to accomplish, due to the fact that technology has grown into the fabric our schooling and teaching methods. Tablets and IPads have been used to facilitate teaching all across the globe. Although technology has become a valuable resource in and outside of the classroom, research shows they may be doing more harm than good.

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5 comments:

  1. I was just thinking of this topic today when I stepped outside in the bright light from being inside all morning. My eyes have become very sensitive to sunlight as I've grown older. I have contacts and wear glasses and sunglasses occasionally but I was wondering if there was something more that could be causing the issue! Definitely going to think twice when I turn my brightness up on my phone and put my phone down more often!

    Stephanie Aboody

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    1. The advanced technology we've grown fond of over the years have become a sort of blessing and a curse. Myopia is threatening the vision of future generations, but its scary to think we are already seeing evidence of this today. Optimistically thinking, I'm sure we'll find way to counteract this eye condition.

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  3. The fact that there's a possibility that half the world's population will be short-sighted by 2050 is startling but not entirely surprising. In recent years technologies with screens have been more popular especially with young age groups. Although these technologies are being incorporated into classrooms they are also being used outside of the classrooms. I think it would be important to encourages parents to show there kids to use technology less and go outside and play more. Maybe that could delay the populations increasing short-sightedness.

    Emily Mueller (Group 2)

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  4. It startles me as well that half of the world's population will be short-sighted by the year, 2050. Technology has taken over our life, and though it is seen as a problem, we are not doing anything to fix it.

    -Soffie Jobarteh

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