Children and Computer Vision Syndrome
Dr. J. A. Parker
Dr. J. A. Parker

Your children will be out of school soon. Already since COVID, kids are spending more time on computers and computer devices than ever before. Some kids may be vacationing this summer, while other will continue to spend a lot of time watching tv, playing video games, or on the computer/ phone for hours each day.

As parents, you may wonder if too much computer use could be affecting your kid’s eyes. Eye doctors who specialize in children’s vision will say that sustained computer use puts kids at risk for nearsightedness and focusing problems. Computer use, especially among youngsters whose eyes are still developing, may be the culprit for younger kids becoming nearsighted so early.

Glare and the blue lights coming from computers and phones also puts more stress on the eyes than reading paper books. This easily happens because kids play the games at close range and for hours without taking a break. Kids never want to admit when their eyes feel tired. This causes the eyes to work harder than they should and lead to excessive eyestrain, dryness, and other symptoms.

To prevent eyestrain, here are some suggestions:

Make sure your child’s computer workstation is 18 to 28 inches from the child. The screen should also be below eye level.

Limit the amount of screen time a child has per day to less than 2 hours.

Look for signs and symptoms of eye strain —red eye, rubbing eyes, squinting, or complaints of blur or tired eyes.

Make sure your kids have an eye exam soon

If you are in need of an eye care provider, I invite you to visit EnVision Eye Care.

321 W. Montgomery

Crossroads, Savannah (near Hunter Army Airfield)

For appointments, call (912) 927-0707 and visit us at www.envisionsavannah.com

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