Today children are very smart. Using technology comes as natural as breathing. They learn to operate gadgets better and faster than us. This is a very positive quality that is learning things so fast, but if you see another side, it has a negative point too. That negative point is that with so much of the use of gadgets children are also getting addicted to it. And especially in today’s situation because of the lockdown, they all use mobile phones, laptops, etc for online classes, making it increasingly difficult to reduce the screen time of young eyes. And which results in affecting children’s eyes.
Here are some of the effects of Prolonged Exposure to Screen?
Blurry vision/Accommodation spasm – setting in front of the screen with the same distance for a long time can cause the focusing system of eyes to temporarily spasm. It leads to a child’s vision blur when they look away from the screen.
Myopia- This is the problem in children who see blur images because their eyes do not bend light correctly. When a child looks continuously at the computer screen and other screens, it may increase the chances of developing nearsightedness. According to studies, if a child spends in playing outside it will result in healthier vision development in children.
Eye fatigue- Muscles around the eye get tired and can get tired from continued use. Concentrating on a screen for long periods can cause headaches, eye pain, brow-ache, dryness, and even lead to excessive rubbing and issues with concentration.
Dry eyes – continuously seeing a screen will result in dry eyes. According to studies, people who blink their eyes less when they are using a digital screen will result in irritated and dry eyes.
These problems are looking very small, but if parents will not take care of them from now on, then it will result in a very critical problem. Parents cannot stop the usage of digital screens nowadays because schools are following e-learning due to lock-down.
Here are some changes that parents can implement to ensure good eye care.
Lay emphasis on a good night’s sleep – Improper sleep will lead to tired, sore eyes. Minimum 8 hours of sleep is compulsory for children. Also, exposure to screens is completely avoided for at least an hour prior to going to bed.
Schedule some physical activity – It is very important for overall health. Add some physical activities for your child in daily life that can help avoid eye and vision problems from too much screen time. It is advised that children aged six years and older should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Remember to blink – Ensure that your child blinks eyes while using a screen. Encourage your child to blink extra, especially when they take breaks to avoid dryness.
Screen positioning- Ensure that your child is not setting too close to the screen. The screen of your child’s desktop or laptop computer is slightly below eye level. Looking up at a screen opens eyes wider and dries them out quicker.
Healthy diet- This is the most important step. Children should consume a diet rich in Vitamin A and C, which is very good for good optical health. Make your child eat more fruits and vegetables especially rich in antioxidants like papaya, carrot, broccoli, spinach, and eggs.
The above steps are followed by parents to ensure good eye health and as well as for overall health.