Unplug & Hug Blog

March 15, 2018

Guest blogger, Dr. Paul Colbourne of Bristow Eye Care, is here to talk about how screen time can effect you and your loved ones eyes.

As a practicing Doctor of Optometry I am constantly asked by parents if screen time is bad for their kids eyes?  Well...here are the facts. 

  • 94% of U.S. households have access to a computer that is connected to the internet.

  • The average time spent for an 8-18 year on using a digital device is 7.4 hours a day.

  • Kids in grades 7 through 12 reported spending an average of more than 90 minutes a day sending or receiving texts on their cell phones.

With this pervasive use of technology what does this mean for their young eyes?  

Many studies now link near vision tasks with increased risk of myopia or nearsightedness. In 2009 the NEI published a study finding the prevalence of myopia had increased 64% over the past 30 years. For individuals with 12 years or more of formal education, the prevalence of myopia can be as high as 60%. Myopia or nea...

March 2, 2018

National days are great.

They give us the opportunity to focus on one important thing for 24 whole hours! 

While my favorite one, of course, is all about chocolate (but let's not go there), I was thrilled to find out that Friday, March 9 is 2018’s National Day of Unplugging!

That's right. Unplugging is actually 'a thing.' 

And the National Day of Unplugging is a perfect time to challenge ourselves to do just that. Think, turn it off, shut it down, put it on silent, close it out and disconnect!

But we've got an even bigger challenge for you: Host an Unplugged Dinner!

(That means no phones, iPads, laptops, TVs, etc.)

Here are the challenge details:

If You Recharge Best Alone

Do just a bit of planning. If you like cooking, then grocery shop ahead of time for your favorite meal. Or, if cooking stresses you out, order the most tantalizing take-out meal you can think of. (Or that you can afford, because let’s be real.)

When you get home from work or school on the 9th, turn off your phone, lap...

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