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August 2020 Newsletter

BACK TO SCHOOL/CHILDREN'S EYE HEALTH

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Things You Should Know About Children's Eye Health

In these unique times, many children are using a computer far more than normal. It's important to protect your children's eyes from the effects of their screen use. The glare from a computer/phone screen can result in many of the following symptoms: eye dryness, grittiness, irritation, blurriness, headaches and many more.

One of the ways to protect your children's eyes is by using an anti-glare treatment to their spectacle lenses. This will help to eliminate a lot of the above symptoms and will make your child's vision much clearer and healthier!

Here are 10 tips to help protect your child’s eyes from computer eyestrain:

  • Set a kitchen timer or a smart device timer to remind them.
  • Alternate reading an e-book with a real book and encourage kids to look up and out the window every two chapters.
  • After completing a level in a video game, look out the window for 20 seconds.
  • Pre-mark books with a paperclip every few chapters to remind your child to look up. On an e-book, use the “bookmark” function for the same effect.
  • Avoid using a computer outside or in brightly lit areas, as the glare on the screen can create strain.
  • Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen so that it feels comfortable to you.
  • Use good posture when using a computer and when reading.
  • Encourage your child to hold digital media farther away, 18 to 24 inches is ideal.
  • Create a distraction that causes your child to look up every now and then.
  • Remind them to blink when watching a screen.

 

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