The average child has access to many screens and on average a 3-4 year old will spend 3 hours a day in front of a screen!
5 -7 year olds spend 4 – 6 hours looking at screens
8 – 11 year olds spend 4.5 – 9 hours
Teenagers use devices for 6.5 – 14 hours
This amount of screen work can lead to vision problems and eyestrain!
With long periods of near focus, children’s eye muscles can tense up.
The blink rate is markedly reduced when focusing at a screen – it decreases to 30% the normal rate and leads to irritation and dryness!
The new led screens emit more blue light – blue light can penetrate a child’s eye more efficiently than an adult’s, making children more prone to damage from it. Blue light can also disrupt the normal REM sleep pattern making it harder for children to sleep at night.
Holding books very close
Unwilling to read or do detailed tasks
Screen work isn’t all bad – it can improve a child’s learning experience …
We just have to take a few preventative steps to give children the best vision possible.
Annual eye check – so any changes can be picked up and treated
Limiting screen time!
Having regular breaks
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