As Screen Time Soars, Eye Strain Becomes the #1 Pain Point for Device Users

Screen time has been rising rapidly over the past decade, which is no surprise given the plethora of connected, always-on devices. Scrolling Instagram or Facebook is a favorite pastime for many, as it provides entertainment and social connection. However, doctors are increasingly concerned as screen now exceeds 13 hours a day for the average adult – an increase of 30% from a year ago.

More time in front of screens correlates with an increase in exposure to blue light, a low wavelength, high-energy light that has the potential to damage the eyes over time. High-energy blue light may cause potential health problems, such as dry, irritated eyes, blurred vision, trouble sleeping and disruption in circadian rhythm.

LG Eyesafe TV

Not surprisingly, consumers rank eye strain as the #1 pain point when using a digital device. In a recent LG Display/Nielsen survey of more than 5,000 people in the U.S., UK and China, respondents were asked about their top pain points when watching TV or using a laptop or monitor for a long time. Consumers have no shortage of complaints when using digital devices, from short battery life to lack of connectivity. However, with screen time up 30% over last year, it is not surprising that eye strain has usurped the more functional pain points to become #1.

To address eye health, consumer electronics manufacturers are evolving their design of PCs, monitors, and televisions. In January, LG Display made a groundbreaking announcement, introducing the world’s first Eyesafe® Certified television display – a 65” OLED. The display meets Eyesafe requirements for low emission of blue light, while maintaining natural, beautiful color. Consumers can enjoy binge-watching their favorite shows, with less worry about the potential health impacts of blue light.

Screen time is unlikely to go down anytime soon, so in the meantime, its pertinent that users take preventative and proactive measures to help protect their eyes and health. Eyesafe® Certified laptops, monitors and TV displays help reduce high-energy blue light without compromising color. Visit for a list of low blue light certified products.

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