Smartphones harming eyesight, researchers say

August 18, 2013

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.

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