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The Shifting Opinions on Blue-Light Screens
Rachel Becker writes on The Verge, “If you believe the headlines that have been circulating over the past few weeks, staring at screens is ruining our eyes. ‘Blue light from phones, tablets could accelerate blindness and hurt vision, study finds,’ USA Today declared. Only, that particular study didn’t actually test the blue light that comes out of screens—and it didn’t look at the light’s effects on actual eyeballs.”
She notes that there is evidence that exposure to blue light can disrupt people’s sleep schedules. “And some research suggests blue light might damage rat retinas. But that doesn’t mean that the blue light from screens does the same thing to people—and ophthalmologist Rebecca Taylor told The Verge earlier this year that ‘the devices that we use do not appear to cause long-term eye damage.’”
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