CREATE HEALTHY VISUAL HABITS NOW
The digital age is upon us and technology has become a substantial part of our daily lives. Our digital devices keep us connected at work, at home and everywhere in between and we cannot deny that this comes with a whole new set of risks for our health, especially for our eyes.
Our ‘screen time’ intake has increased intensely and, as a result, many people complain about having tired and sore eyes accompanied with headaches, neck, shoulder and back pains and blurred vision. Optometrists have now called this condition, Digital Eye Strain (DES), others have called it Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
Children are no strangers to using digital screens and, if left unattended, many would use these smartphones or tablets for the whole day. Sitting for hours in front of a digital display stresses a child’s eyes because the screen forces the child’s vision system to focus and strain a lot more than any other task.
To be able to maintain our children’s healthy vision, parents or guardians should establish screen free zones and limit their use of digital screens to one to two hours per day. Children and adults alike should be giving their eyes a break every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet away to let their eyes rest for 20 seconds to relax the focusing system and improve visual comfort.
Although digital media is pervasive, it can serve as a constructive and beneficial part in enhancing children’s lives. Creating good visual hygiene habits in childhood will allow screen time to be comfortable and enjoyable for years to come.
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