Smartphones harming eyesight, researchers say

August 18, 2013 6:26:20 PM PDT
While smartphones have certainly made life more convenient, doctors say it is also harming our eyesight.

British researchers say too much staring at the screen is harming the vision of kids and young adults.

They say they've seen a 35 percent increase in near-sightedness since the launch of smartphones in 1997.

They've even come up with a new name for it "screen-sightedness".

Doctors say most people hold their phones about eight inches away from the face.

Now compare that to where you hold a book or magazine, which is about 16 inches away.