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By Victor Ernest

Dr Omale Charles, Managing Director, Fortress Eye Hospital and Medical Centre, Abuja, has advised those who spend long periods of time on their mobile devices at night to always leave room lights on.

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He said this would go a long way to reduce the level of light directed to the eyes which could lead to damage to one’s vision.

The expert was speaking on the sidelines of this year’s World Glaucoma Week (WGW) commemorated from March 12 to March 18, with the theme: ”Beat Invisible Glaucoma.”

Excessive exposure to light

Charles said those who spend long periods of time on these devices and also computers should ensure they take breaks away from the devices and gadgets in order to protect the eyes from damage caused by excessive exposure to light.

”Working long hours on the computer can affect the eyes and vision. This can trigger a negative reaction to the eyes and cause headache, loss of concentration and ultimately predisposes one to develop Computer Visual Syndrome,” he said.

According to him, continued work on a computer device on a long-term basis can lead to permanent damage to the eyes.

Look at least 20 feet away

”Therefore, one should make efforts to wear protective eyeglasses, take breaks or use a computer screen so that the level of direct light to the eyes is reduced,” he advised.

He advised that one should look at least 20 feet away from the computer screen for 20 seconds to about 20 minutes; ”that way, you break the continuous exposure of the light to your eyes which can result in damage to the element of vision,” he added.

Alcohol and your eyes

He also cautioned the public, especially those predisposed to or at risk of developing eye diseases against excessive consumption of alcohol.

Charles said consuming alcohol in excess quantity could affect the nerves of the eyes increasing the chances of damage to one’s vision.

The expert, who described alcohol as a depressant, said the substance once consumed overtime gave a feeling of euphoria and subsequently affected one’s thinking and coordination.

Charles said alcohol could only give such feeling to an individual because it worked through the nerves, adding that any substance that worked using the nerves could affect vision.

”For someone who already has a biological predisposition to glaucoma, taking alcohol or any other substance that can affect your nerves, thereby accelerating damage to the nerve of vision,” he said.

He listed other activities that could directly affect the eyes to include welding, adding that the iron particles caused direct trauma to the eyes.