Injuries to Body from Smart Devices

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)- Most of us are on our cell phones, computers, or tablets constantly during the day.

While many of us love being connected, turns out there are some health risks.

A local optomologist says he is seeing more and more people, including young children, coming in with eye strain, headaches, eye watering, and burning issues.

The reason for the strain?

Most people blink an average of 16 times a minute. However, when looking at a computer or cell phone, that number decreases to less than 6 times per minute.

"You have the tendency to stare, move the mouse click, stare move the mouse click and that can cause a burning sensation," said Dr. Alexander Crinzi of Eye Care Professionals of WNY.

Dr. Crinzi says the best way to prevent permanent damage to your eyesight is to follow the 20/20/20 rule. After using a device for 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds to give your eyes a break.

In addition to the eyes, doctors say the number of people with complaints about discomfort in their hands is growing. In the most serious cases, you can develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

To prevent permanent injuries, don't forget to be smart and take frequent breaks away from the technology.

While spending too much time on these devices can damage your eye sight, scientists have developed an app that claims it improves vision and reading speed.

It's called "Glassesoff" and helps the brain process blurred images.

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