unnamedDid you parents used to tell you to sit further away from the TV? It’s true, looking at a screen too closely, whether it is the TV or your Android device, can damage your eyesight. Luckily the new app Safe Eyes is designed to protect your eyesight by notifying you when your eyes are too close to the screen.

Safe Eyes is easy to set up. It operates in the background of your Android device. Simply calibrate your device’s camera and give Safe Eyes permission to access your other apps. If your eyes become too close to the screen, you will be notified. The app you are using will shut down if you do not move further back before the timer rings.

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This new app is extremely helpful for people who use their phones or tablets for long periods of time. Sometimes we get so entranced by games or social media pages that we don’t realize how closely we are looking at our screens. If you are a parent and your children are playing a game on your device, Safe Eyes will help them protect their eyesight as well.

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The World Health Organization believes that over 19 million children worldwide are visually impaired. According to experts, nearsightedness, which has become an epidemic over the last 20 years, can be prevented by controlling the distance between a screen and a user’s eyes.

“It is important to be mindful of the effects that increased exposure to screens and blue light can have on our eyes.” – Hugh R. Parry, President and CEO of Prevent Blindness

Start protecting your eyes now and download Safe Eyes in the Google Play Store. For more information, visit the app website here.