Effects of Digital Device’s on Your Child’s Eye’s

  • 09/14/2016
  • By Admin

It is the era where more and more kids along with children with special needs, are using screened digital devices to play, learn and get entertained. From tablets to smart phones, laptops to computers and e-readers this generation has greater access to digital devices than any other generation. A recent study in U.S.A shows, an i-pad is the most requested device by the children aged between 6 to 12 followed by other screened devices such as play stations, PSP, smart phones etc. Along with the growing usage of such devices by children, it is important to keep in mind the adverse effects of the rays emitted from such screens on the tender EYE’s of our kids. The closer the screen to the eye, more the struggle to focus on it. Which makes it necessary for our eyes to take a timely break. Eyes work best when looking at an object from distance, such as an object on the horizon. When looking at an object up-close they have to change focus and position which requires some effort. The repeated effort adds up over a period of time which leads to blurry vision, headaches or eye strain. When looking at screens you also tend to blink less which leads to burning, dry eyes, discomfort and blurriness. It is important to ensure that the kids are using your or their digital devices properly, it is crucial to recognise the symptoms of their CVS i.e. Computer Vision Syndrome. To reduce the risk of CVS here are few tips to keep in mind:-
1.Remember 20-20-10
As mentioned above, eyes needs to be refreshed timely after focusing on an object. 20-20-10 is the most important technique to combat CVS. It is a technique where after every 20 minutes your child should stare at an object 20 feet away for 10 seconds. A child should not use a digital device more than 2 hours per day. Children under 2 years should be kept away from digital devices all together.
2.Outdoor Play:
It is the duty of the parents to make sure that their kid spends some quality time outdoors. 2 hours of daily outdoor activity help prevent near-sightedness as well as it is healthy for kids mind and body.
3.Schedule Regular Eye Exams:
Parents should make a note to take their kid for a comprehensive eye check-up at least one’s a year to avoid CVS. Children’s vision tends to change often. It is recommended to have the first eye check-up of your kid at 6 months of his age, then at 3 years old before the kid enters the school and post that one’s every year.
4.Have a kid size Work Space:
It is important to have kid size tables, study/computer tables with adjustable chair. As kids might then have to stretch their necks, sit uncomfortably on an adult size table.
5.Maintain an appropriate working distance:
Now that you know eyes have to work allot harder when staring at an object up close. One should watch the distance between the screen and the child’s eyes. The distance should be approximately the distance between his elbow and knuckles. If the child is holding the screen too close to the eye or is struggling to view from a distance, it means he/she has a vision problem and you should immediately take him/her to a doctor. It is also important for parents to know about the best available PEDIATRIC (kid’s eye specialist) in their town.
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