Technology & Your Child's Vision
Your child’s eyesight faces an entirely new set of challenges from what you experienced growing up. Constantly bombarded with computer screens, video games, television, and even 3D movies, your child’s eyes are constantly adapting.
According to the American Optometric Association, “Children frequently ignore problems that would be addressed by adults. A child who is viewing a computer screen with a large amount of glare often will not think about changing the computer arrangement or the surroundings to achieve more comfortable viewing. This can result in excessive eye strain. Discomfort can also result from dryness due to infrequent blinking.” This is one example of the many ways technology can negatively impact your child’s vision.
There are simple steps you can take to make sure your child’s technology usage doesn’t take its toll on their eyes:
- Schedule a comprehensive eye examination: Remember, a simple school screening is often not enough to detect problems.
- Take breaks: Keep an eye on your child whether they’re watching TV, on the computer, or playing video games, and encourage frequent breaks to give their eyes a rest.
- Make their computer environment “kid-friendly”: Adjust the position of the monitor or the height of the chair for your child’s comfort level to minimize eye strain. Also, look for glare or reflections coming from lights or windows.