As you age, your eyesight can begin to deteriorate, leaving you with blurred vision, and in some cases, blindness. When taking care of your client as a home health care nurse, you may notice vision worsening or getting blurry as they stare at an electronic device. As technology takes over the world (see our blog about virtual reality growing more popular in-home health care) new studies show that macular degeneration is up, and increased screen time could be to blame.
TV screens and mobile devices all radiate blue light which you may not see but is penetrating directly to the retina. Excessive exposure to blue light increases the risk of macular degeneration, which is incurable and eventually progresses to extreme blurred vision. Macular degeneration is a degenerative condition that affects the central part of the retina and results in distortion and sometimes loss of central vision. Because seniors may have some form of macular degeneration already, keeping their eyes protected is crucial to decrease the risks. Consider decreased screen time when caring for your loved ones, or even investing in a pair of blue light glasses. These glasses have blue light blocking lenses that stop the penetration of the light into your retina.