The Coming Blindness By Mrs Vera West

     I do not know about you, but working on the computer to bring you the delicious articles I am known for, comes at a cost: neck pain, lower back pain, and that feeling in one’s eyes that they are on stalks, popping out of one’s head. Just imagine having to put in hour after hour as my co-writers do, why, it’s a wonder that they are not blind: 

“Some experts say that using cell phones, TVs and tablets isn’t much different from looking at the sun when it comes to the damage it can cause your eyes. The blue light that is emitted from the screens of these devices happens to be precisely in the range where it can cause the most damage: around 430 to 440 nanometers. It may have a short wavelength, but its high energy means it penetrates right through the lens of the eye and the cornea to reach the retina in the back of the eye. This can cause macular degeneration and eventually blindness. Doctors warn that Millennials, who tend to spend lots of hours looking at screens all day, risk starting to go blind once they approach 50. Many people experience frequent headaches as a result of digital eye strain, and it’s not unusual for their vision to become blurry. According to ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, looking at a screen for more than half an hour a day is risky.”

     Of course, the computer lover-boys and girls see a tech fix solution here: use special light filters. Ok, but that is really just a band aid over a complex health problem, since excess computer use is leading to an epidemic of short-sightedness:

And the very act of being seated is intrinsically unhealthy:

For sitting for too long can kill you, even if you exercise:

     That seems to be the Faustian bargain made with the devil for the black magic of the high tech society.



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