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As kids spend more and more time glued to their screens, worries about their eye development increase. There is now a large spike in cases of Computer Vision Syndrome, where children have dry eyes and eye strain due to too much time on their phones or computers.
No parent wants their child to have such serious damage as their eyes are in the prime of their development. In this post, we will give you ten tips on how to protect your child’s eyes from Computer Vision Syndrome.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome(CVS)?
Computer Vision Syndrome, also known as Digital Eye Strain, is the term for the eye and vision-related issues that arise due to the extended use of phones, computers, tablets, and other electronic.
Set Time Limits
One great way to combat CVS is by setting time limits on your child’s use of their computer or phone. Set a timer or agree on a certain time when your child will have to cut off all electronic devices and give their eyes a break.
Read A (Print) Book
With the popularity of e-readers and other reading apps, some kids may feel that there is no longer a use for print books, but this is far from the truth! Let your child rest their eyes and keep them from being glued on the screen for hours by giving them a print book to read. This is a much safer way to enjoy a good book!
Adjust The Brightness Of Your Screens
Thanks to LCD screens on computer monitors, the visual experience of users has improved; however, the brightness of the screens can lead to eyestrain and headaches. Lower your screen brightness on your computer or even use a bluescreen app to protect your vision when using these devices.
Even if you have a time limit set for your child’s screentime, it still is beneficial for your child to take breaks while they are using their electronic device. One great method is the “20-20-20 rule,” which suggest that every 20 minutes you stop and look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will combat eye fatigue, which is what leads to eye strain.
Another great way to improve eye health is by going outdoors! Taking some time to go outside and get some fresh air will help your child to get their body moving, but research also suggests that more time outside can even potentially reduce the risk of your child being nearsighted(Source: All About Vision)!
Get Extra Coverage
If you are looking for other ways to protect your child’s eyes, there are glasses you can purchase that are built specifically to protect your eyes! These glasses can be purchased easily online. Or, if your child already wears glasses, your eye doctor can also give you options on glasses that have an anti-reflective coating, which also protects your eyes.
CVS is something that we all want to protect our children from, especially because of the damage it can cause in a child’s eye development. In addition to the tips above, be sure to schedule regular appointments for your child to monitor their eye health. Bell & Associates Consulting Firm offers affordable vision insurance benefits for both you and your child. As an independent agency, we represent multiple companies and can “shop” the best rate and benefit plan for you and your family. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you.