The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things in terms of the daily routines of peoples lives. One of which includes being virtual for practically everything. Things’ that we would normally do in person have now shifted to an online format. Whether it is a meeting for your job, celebrating a birthday, or baby shower, technology has been our go-to to communicate with each other.
But has anyone thought about the consequences of relying on technology for everything? Mainly, the effects it has on our bodies and particularly our eyesight.
For years researchers have claimed that too much screen time can have negative impacts on today’s children who have grown up in the Smartphone era. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, too much screen time can cause children’s brains to change. Side effects could also include obesity, sleep disturbances, academic problems, and other behavioral problems. However, it is not just children that should be heeding these warnings.
Though your brain is fully developed by age 25, there are other ways that technology can have negative side effects on your body. Staring at a screen for extended periods of time can cause Computer Vision Syndrome, even once you reach adulthood. You may notice increased headaches, blurry or dried eyes, and straining in your eyesight. The blue light that emits from a computer and smartphones can also disrupt your sleep cycle as an adult, amongst other complications.
This is a cause for concern because the pandemic has forced us to adapt to things that this new world brings. How else can we carry out our daily routines without the help of technology? How would you attend important board meetings or find a semblance of normalcy if you are unable to communicate with your boss or loved ones?
Besides the age-old sending of handwritten letters, there is not much that can be done. In this fast-paced environment, we cannot always afford to wait for an email or formal letter to be received. Some forms of communication require a quick response, and the technology we utilize today is our answer.
Although it is an unfortunate circumstance that many people find themselves in, some companies are profiting off of our declining or strained eyesight. In a study done by the Statista Research Department, the global eyewear market was estimated to be worth around 138.7 billion US dollars in 2019. Other researchers have expected it to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.1%.
In the last decade, two major companies have dominated the eyewear industry: Essilor, and French multinational, and Luxottica, an Italian conglomerate. On March 1, 2018, those two powerhouses merged and are now known as EssilorLuxoticca.
Now, many people may say there are many industries where there is a limited amount of companies that control a specific market. But what these two competitors have done by merging is a big deal. A merger like this has not been seen for almost 20 years in the eyewear industry. An article written by The Guardian explains why this combination company has a major impact on the market.
Since the pandemic began, in the 52-week range, EssilorLuxoticca has increased by +1.36% in the stock market. They own over 40 popular brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley and retailers such as Sunglass Hut and LensCrafters. Additionally, they have dozens of brand licenses that produce eyewear for luxury companies which include Versace, Burberry, and Kate Spade.
Independent companies like Warby Parker and Quay seem to be faring well because of their unique and stylish trends and ability to adapt to this Covid-19 shadowed environment. However, if the world begins to gradually open its doors, these independent companies will have to find a way to attract buyers and lead them away from these major name brands.
However, what is most important is your health. Make sure you are checking in with your local optometrist for an eye examination. Different medical organizations have various recommendations for how often you need to see an eye doctor. Even so, if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, be sure to check In on your eyesight.