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Are mobile phones better for our eyes than computer screens?

According to an article on BBC News in January 2022 people are devoting a third of their waking time to using their mobile phone. Use of the PC is reducing year on year at a dramatic rate in favour of mobiles.

However, there remains a huge proportion of office workers who spend most of their day in front of a computer. A study into screen time at work showed that office workers spend an average of six and a half hours a day sitting at their computer or laptop. With increasing pressures on office staff, they are now taking fewer breaks from their desk. The lunch hour has been replaced by eating a sandwich at your desk; face to face meetings are increasingly replaced by Zoom ones. This explains the explosion in dry eye and eyestrain that is being experienced even by people in their 20's and 30's.

We tend to view our mobiles as recreational tools. You can look at them while on the sofa at home, in the pub, on a train and you can do so in a comfortable relaxed manner. We regard mobiles as our friends and a key piece of our non-working lives.

I believe that this rosy view of mobile phone use disguises the effect that they have on our eyes. Just like looking at a PC screen, our eyes get fixated by the mobile display and we forget to blink. There is no sense of the 202020 rule. We probably look at our phone the first thing we do when we wake up.

The truth is that obsessive use of mobile screens is just as bad for you as computer screens as regards raising dry eye levels. In some ways use of mobile displays causes more eyestrain because the type is so small that we are peerig

Mobile phones are now indisputably in the lead as regards recreational use of digital devices whereas PCs and laptops are increasingly associated with the office environment.

We may be increasingly aware of the effec

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