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How to Avoid Digital Eye Strain in Kids

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Digital Eye Strain is common in adults who spend a lot of time working in front of a computer screen, but kids and teens are vulnerable, too. Young people spend a lot of time on devices in this age of advanced technology, whether that be for homework and learning or playing the latest game. Symptoms are typically just uncomfortable—eye strain, blurred vision, neck, shoulder and back pain, dry eyes, and headaches are all common. However, Digital Eye Strain can exacerbate other conditions and make them worse if left untreated. Coupled with regular visits to your eye doctor, these tips will help you recognize Digital Eye Strain and prevent long-term damage.EYEQ Digital Strain

• Increase the text size on your screen.

-Squinting at text on digital devices will only make Digital Eye Strain worse. Most devices have a setting where you can increase text sixe, and therefore alleviate some of the pressure.

• Nighttime mode will reduce blue light.

-Most devices (even some televisions) have settings that will reduce blue light, such as nighttime modes or brightness settings. However, eyewear designed for computer usage has lenses that block blue light, so ask about them at your next eye doctor appointment.

• Use the 20/20/20 rule.

-To reduce and break up the time spent staring at any digital screen, use this rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break to stare at something 20 feet away. There are even helpful apps that will remind you and your kids to follow this rule!

• Work at a comfortable distance from your screen.

-You don’t want to be too close, but you shouldn’t be too far away either. According to the Vision Council, sit in your chair in front of your computer screen and extend your arm—your palm should rest comfortably on the monitor.

• Computer eyewear is available.

-Existing vision issues can make Digital Eye Strain worse, and vice versa. If you wear occupational or progressive lenses, they can be tailored to be computer eyewear, which is designed to protect your eyes from extended computer use.