Daily Mail’s Emma Innes reports that British eye surgeon David Allamby, founder of Focus Clinics, says intensive use of smartphones is causing vision problems to soar, citing a 35% increase in the number of people with advancing myopia (short-sightedness) since the
popularity of smartphones began to mushroom in 1997.
Mr. Allamby also believes the problem could increase by 50% during the next decade, with the problem having become so common that he has given it a name: “screen sightedness.” Allamby contends that
smartphone use, combined with with time spent using computers and watching television, is putting children and young people at risk of permanently damaging their eyesight, with excessive screen
watching at close proximity keeping the genes that control myopia active sometimes long beyond the age that short-sighted sets would normally have stabilized (approximately age 21), in some
instances even into the 40s. He predicts that 50% of 30-year-olds could have the problem by 2033.
Allamby advises mobile device users to limit screen time wherever possible, even to try going outside without their phone for a period of time each day (with the side-benefit that exposure to
sunshine has been shown to reduce the progression of myopia), and also seriously consider the age at which they give their children a smartphone.
Mr. Allamby’s Focus Clinics bio-profile notes that in addition to performing LASIK,
LASEK and PRK surgery, he is a recognized leader in the field of treating presbyopia (the age-related need for reading glasses), and that he was the first surgeon in the United Kingdom to perform
Blended Vision for presbyopia in January 2003, the first UK surgeon to perform Z-LASIK with its advanced small bubble technology (SBT) for both distance vision and reading vision, and the first UK
surgeon to implant the KAMRA corneal inlay…