PROTECTING YOUR CHILDRENS EYES FROM DIGITAL EYE STRAIN…

How many hours does your child spend on a phone – ipod – ipad – computer?

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.

 

Common symptoms to look out for …

Blinking

Eye rubbing

Squinting

Holding books very close

Unwilling to read or do detailed tasks

Headaches

 

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

 

Applying the 20-20 rule

After 20 minutes of screen work have your child look into the distance or close their eyes for 20 seconds. This lets the eyes relax after a period of working hard to focus on a screen.

 

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