Digital eye strain…aka sitting in front of your computer or scrolling on your phone for a long time…with consequences.
Kids are getting exposed to digital media at very young ages…whos little ones watch little baby bum on youtube or Netflix?
Most kids now days will have never known life without digital screens.
There are digital devices specifically made for kids, there are computers at school, TV’s, phones, tablets, computer games….etc.
All this digital screen time has got to be affecting their vision.
Americans have reported that their kids are using digital devices for about 2 hours per day…if not more! After that 2 hours, many kids report experiencing digital eye strain. Kids get digital eye strain too. Here are some of the most common complaints.
Digital Eye Strain:
-headache-neck/shoulder/upper back pain-dry or irritated eyes-kids act out or are irritable
How to Help Your Kids:
There are many reasons why it’s good to get outside. Here is one reason why it’s good for kids vision. There have been recent studies that indicate being outside in the sun could reduce children’s risk of having nearsightedness (myopia). Kids who are exposed to too much screen time could be missing out on proper eye development. Encourage your kids to get outside and play. Set time limits on how long they can be on digital screens. Get outside and play with them!
Teach your kids the 20-20-20 rule, or anyone who spends time on digital screens. After being on a digital device for 20 minutes, look up at something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This helps give your eyes a break to relax and focus on something different.
Keeping up with their comprehensive eye exams will ensure that Dr. Smith is being able to monitor your children’s eyes to check to see if they are developing properly. Regular comprehensive eye exams allows Dr. Smith to be able to detect any issues or problems that might arise. Call or stop by our office here at Stone Canyon Eye Care to schedule an appointment. (435) 359-2020