How to Protect Your Child’s Vision from Screens

From TV to video games, cell phones and even interactive learning tools, today’s children spend more time than ever with screens. With this in mind, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is arming parents with the facts, so they can make informed choices about their children’s eye health.

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 ebook 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.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

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