Are your kids spending too much time on the computer, smart phone, or iPad?
In today’s digital world, we are seeing increasing numbers of kids spending too much time on electronic devices. These devices can emit harmful glare and those without proper protection may be harming their eyes. In addition, children who do not have a yearly eye health exam may have an undiagnosed condition, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, that may be getting worse due to their increased time spent on the computer and near work.
In addition to inhibiting posture, social, skills, and grades– electronic devices can increase a child’s nearsightedness or even cause lazy eye, if they have an uncorrected condition. The narrower the field of vision, the harder a child’s eyes are forced to work.
Many children have gone from walking home from school through the neighborhood, gazing at natural settings such as trees and playing in the park to staring at a mini computer screen with their head down the entire way home. What’s harmful to these kid’s is the amount of time they are spending on electronic devices, without using much of their peripheral vision. As their peripheral vision is used less, retinal cells that are involved in peripheral vision are not used thereby limiting what the child can see in later years.
As noted by the doctors of Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee; the Percentage of people 12 to 54 who are nearsighted in the United States has increased exponentially over the last 30 years. Could this be related to an increase in the use of handheld devices and computers?
Whatever the case may be, the best way to properly diagnose and treat conditions related to our digital world and increased near work is to see your optometrist for a yearly eye health exam. Dr. Warren Johnson of The Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee examines children as young as 6 months of age in order to pick up early signs of eye turn, nearsightedness, farsightedness, lazy eye and other sight threatening conditions. The doctors of the Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee recommend children and adults take a break every 15 minutes while using electronic devices including iPhones, iPads, and computers which will help decrease eye fatigue and strain.
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