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TYLER (KYTX) - Almost all of us can admit we spend a whole lot of our day on our smart phones or tablets but it may be time for a break from staring at our screens.  A new study shows it's doing a number on our eyesight.

For many, smartphones are simply a constant necessity but British researchers say the constant connection is causing vision problems…They've coined the term "screen sighted" referring to a 35% increase in 'near sightedness' since the launch of smart phones in 1997.

It's all the time really up close that can cause strain," Beverly Hills Optometrist Dr. Jackson Lau said.

The biggest rise has been seen in children and young adults. Studies show many kids have a smart phone or device by age 7.

Shelly lee has a 15-year-old and a 5-year-old and wasn't surprised.

"He just started kindergarten, and already into Wii video games and tablets

Dr. Lau says more studies need to be done, but he *sees the need to give your eyes some rest.

"Take a break after 20 minutes, take a 20-second break look far away and then come back to reading so focus isn't up close all the time," Lau said.

Researchers say most people hold their cell phones about 8 inches away, as opposed to magazines, that are double that at 16 inches.

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