2019 New Year's resolution: Give your eyes a rest and put down your phone

As many Americans ponder potential New Year's resolutions, they may want to consider giving their eyes a break from too much screen time.

A recent online poll found that 40 percent of U.S. adults spent more than 12 hours a day on various digital devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. In the same study by Unum of more than 1,200 people, 34 percent said they feel they spend too much time on their devices.

Digital eye strain is an emerging and serious side effect of extended digital device use, said Betty Morris, a senior vocational rehabilitation consultant at Unum.

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About Unum Group

Unum Group provides a broad portfolio of financial protection benefits and services through the workplace, and is the leading provider of disability income protection worldwide. Through its Unum US, Unum UK, Unum Poland, and Colonial Life businesses, the company provides disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision benefits that protect millions of working people and their families. Unum also provides leave and absence management services that streamline the leave experience for employers and employees and stop-loss coverage to help self-insured employers protect against medical costs. Unum reported revenues of $13.2 billion in 2020 and paid $7.6 billion in benefits.


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