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
Unum Group (www.unum.com) is a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. Its primary businesses are Unum US, Colonial Life, and Unum UK. Unum’s portfolio includes disability, life, accident and critical illness, dental and vision coverage, which help protect millions of working people and their families in the event of an illness or injury. Unum also provides stop-loss coverage to help self-insured employers protect against unanticipated medical costs. The company reported revenues of $11.3 billion in 2017 and provided nearly $7 billion in benefits.

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