Eye health concerns exacerbated as COVID-19-induced quarantine increases screen time
04 May 2020 --- Lockdown and isolation measures as a result of COVID-19 have rapidly increased screen time – and with it eyesight damage. As education, work and entertainment pastimes hosted on virtual platforms have now reached unprecedented levels, digital device overexposure from multiple screens for extended periods has promptly resulted in frequent eye strain and visual discomfort, some of which can be addressed with nutritional products. NutritionInsight speaks with industry experts on escalated eye health concerns as well as the increased demand for eye health ingredients.
“Experiencing digital eye strain from long periods of using a computer, laptop or smartphone has played a large role in this high level of awareness. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) – recognized by eye fatigue, strain and dryness – affects roughly 90 percent of individuals that spend at least three hours in front of a blue light-emitting device,” says Sevanti Mehta, President of Unibar.
Kemin Human Nutrition and Health witnessed a growing number of consumers becoming aware of blue light in a recent company study. With excessive exposure, this can impact eye health.
“We found specific consumer groups in which this awareness is, indeed, quite high. These surveys were conducted before the self-isolation and quarantine measures started and we believe blue light awareness will grow significantly during and after this period,” Miguel Martinho, Marketing Manager at Kemin Human Nutrition and Health, Europe, explains.....READ MORE
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