How to Protect Your Child’s Eyes

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School is out for the summer which means the kids are going to be home – a lot. If they have a cell phone, chances are they’re texting, Snapchatting, or Facebooking their friends. Don’t let all this technology ruin their summer by getting bad eye strain!

According to Common Sense Media, “children under age 8 now spend more than two hours a day with screen media. For 8 to 10-year-old, the screen time triples to six hours a day.”

Risks Associated with Screen Time

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) causes visual stress. It’s a combination of symptoms, including fluctuating vision, tired eyes, dry eyes, headache, and fatigue.

If they’re on the computer or phone for so long, it’s common to start slouching inward, rounding the back and shoulders, and then tilting the head back.

Have you heard about blue light? High-energy visible light called blue light is from LED screens of computers, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices. This could increase a person’s risk of age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration later on.

What to Do

Have your kids follow the “20-20-20” rule — every 20 minutes, take your eyes off your screen and look at something that’s at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This simple task relaxes the focusing and eye alignment muscles.

The 20-20-20 rule also might decrease the risk of myopia progression.

Get your kids some outdoor, polarized sunglasses.

Finally, schedule their comprehensive eye exam. Your eye doctor can perform special tests and provide suggestions to reduce the risk and symptoms of computer eye strain.

You’ll want to take these measures into consideration so your child sees clearly and comfortably.