In today’s world, children grow up staring at their phones, tablets and computers; it’s all a part of their lives. The introduction and use of electronics starts by age 1, and the number of books used is reduced and replaced by these digital devices. Proper ergonomics of the use of technology and the necessity to take breaks isn’t being taught by teachers, parents, or society.
Remember to help your children practice the 20-20-20 rule:
For every 20 minutes in front of the screen
Take 20 seconds and
Focus on an object 20 feet away
Children need to be reminded to view their screens at a proper distance, take time away from their screens, and to remember to get up and go outside and play or exercise. Enjoying the outside, natural sunlight, and looking at objects at a distance is healthy for their eyes. Also, they need to get enough sleep so they can rest their eyes. Parents now have to be more vigilant and pay more attention.
Eye exams for children are a necessity. Parents need to pay attention to how long their children are on the computer or a cell phone, how closely they watch the screen, and recognize the signs of dry eyes. The symptoms of dry eyes increase at an earlier age due to the introduction and excessive use of phones, video games, tablets, laptops, and TVs. If they start complaining about their eyes or look like they’re straining to view screens, call 20/20 Dry Eye Spa.
The key to successful treatment is to get evaluated and to follow the plan put in place. Learn more about Dry Eye in children and what can be done.