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Too Much Screen Time May Pose Risks For Children'™s Vision

Today, millions of children use computers on a daily basis. However, extensive viewing of the computer screen has been shown to lead to symptoms of eye strain, including:

  • Eye discomfort
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry and sore eyes
  • Double vision
  • Headaches

If your child mentions any of these symptoms to you, it is important to schedule a children’s eye exam with one of our qualified eye doctors.

The following article will help you understand more about the effects of screen habits on children and why they may be more susceptible than adults to developing these vision problems.

Myopia: The Long Term Effects of Prolonged Computer Use

A vast majority of children’s eye doctors agree that sustained computer use may put children at a higher risk for developing childhood myopia (nearsightedness).

This is especially worrisome because early development of myopia can increase the risk of developing other vision problems such as glaucoma and retinal detachment.

In such cases, early detection is key to ensure that corrective measures are taken as soon as possible. Such treatment options include:

  • Prescription eye-glasses
  • Prescription contact lenses

Our experienced children’s eye doctors use specially designed tests to accurately assess the eye-health of your child, no matter what their age.

How Can I Protect My Child’s Vision?

To prevent your child from developing eye-strain and other CVS symptoms (including myopia), follow these tips:

  • Schedule Regular Eye Exams

Before your child starts school, make sure to book a comprehensive eye exam with one of our children’s eye doctors. This should include an assessment of their computer and reading vision skills.

(Read more: How Often Should Your Child Get Their Vision Checked?)

  • Make Time For Other Activities

Make sure your child takes regular breaks from their computer throughout the day in order to stretch, play and relax without straining their eyes on a screen. Physical exercise improves the health of every body system, eyes included.

  • Watch Out For Any Signs Of Vision Problems

It is important to always be aware of the signs and symptoms of children’s vision problems including eye redness, frequent eye rubbing or complaints of blurry vision. If you notice any problems with your child’s vision, contact one of our eye doctors immediately.

(Read more: Warning Signs of Vision Problems In Children)

  • Ensure Proper Screen Usage

In order to protect your child’s vision, it’s important to teach them proper screen usage. Their monitor should be placed approximately 20 inches from their face and you should teach them to hold their phones/tablets about midway out from the body. If your child continues to move closer to the screen, you may want to consider scheduling a children’s eye exam.

  • Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is essential for health and growing children (between the ages of 6-13) need about 10 hours of sleep every night. This allows your child’s eyes to take a much needed break and restore their moisture for the next day.

Want to Learn More?

Learn how our qualified eye doctors can help protect your child’s vision. Contact our NW Calgary eye clinic today at 403-286-4884.

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