For children, eye exams are especially important because kids don’t know what good vision is supposed to look like yet. That’s why parents and caregivers should schedule regular eye exams for their kids to identify vision problems that could interfere with their student's academic performance.
One of the reasons that affect children's vision is children use computers, tablets, smartphones, and other digital devices too much. So what should we do?
Some easy tips you can do to decrease your child's risk of eye and vision problems from prolonged use of computers and digital devices.
1. Encourage frequent visual breaks
One of the best things you can do to reduce your child's risk of digital eye strain is to get them to follow the "20-20-20" rule: Every 20 minutes, take your eyes off your screen and look at something that's at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
2. Encourage frequent posture checks
The time taken to follow the 20-20-20 rule is also a good time to sit up straight and realign the head, neck, and shoulders. Moving the head slowly to the right and left and also up and down can relieve strained muscles and reduce fatigue. If it's possible, getting up to walk and stretch the entire body also is a good idea to reduce the risk of non-visual symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
3. Protect their eyes from blue light
Computer glasses with yellow-tinted lenses that block blue light can help ease computer digital eye strain by increasing contrast.
4. Schedule annual eye exams
Schedule annual eye exams for your children before the start of every school year with an eye doctor near you.
In addition to making sure your child's eyes are healthy and seeing well, you can perform special tests and provide specific suggestions to reduce the risk and symptoms of computer eye strain.
Children and technology are the future. Taking these simple measures can go a long way toward keeping your tech-savvy child seeing clearly and comfortably for years to come. The early an eye problem is detected, the earlier an appropriate treatment can be recommended to ensure successful vision correction and life-long benefits.