Digital Eye Problems with Children

In today’s world many of us are guilty for being attached to our technology.  Whether it be our smart phones, computers, tablets, or video games; many people spend countless minutes looking at digitized screens daily.  With the use of digital screens comes different problems that may arise such as dry eye and eye fatigue.  This is due to digital screens using blue light (which is similar to harmful rays you are exposed to from the sun).

While blue light from tablets or screens is much smaller compared to the sun, studies show that there are long term effects of blue light because of the closeness that people look at screens and also the amount of time we spend using the screens.  In addition, recent studies also show that children’s eye absorb more blue light than adults from digital screens.  This is particularly worrisome especially since USA Today released that, “Nearly half of parents worry their child is addicted to mobile devices.”  In addition to vision problems, overuse of digital screens have been linked to mental health problems, especially with children and teenagers.

So what can we do?

Children may not understand how much time they are spending using technology, especially when it comes to looking at screens.  Reminding children to take breaks away from looking at the computer, tv, tablet, or other screens can help them avoid eye strain problems or eye focusing issues. Also, put a limit on the amount of time spent using digital screens.  If you child loves to read provide opportunities for your child to read from books.  If your child loves to play video games, take a break and spend time playing a card or board game.  In addition, it is imperative as a parent to make sure your child is getting yearly eye exams, particularly if your child uses technology frequently.  This way your eye doctor can ensure your child is not having vision problems.

Vision Source Specialists, your best Rapid City eye doctors, offers comprehensive eye exams for patients of all ages.  Schedule your child’s next eye exam today and break the cycle of digital eye strain.