New research shows screen time can cause issues for children’s eyes

With more kids learning virtually for school, their amount of screentime has increased and research has shown that can cause issues for their eyes.

Dr. Allison Babiuch, a pediatric ophthalmologist for Cleveland Clinic, says they often refer to the issue as “Digital Eye Strain.”

It includes symptoms like headaches, a dry eye feeling, and blurry vision.

Ideally, she says the best way to treat that is by cutting down on screen time.

Dr. Babiuch recommends using the 20-20 rule.

For every 20 minutes of screen time, you give your eyes a 20-second break and try to look 20 feet away.

“Other things you could do depending on how severe your symptoms are trying to remember to blink, which can be hard to remind yourself to blink. But even just resting your eyes, closing them for a few seconds can help. Some people do use artificial tears to help re-lubricate their eyes. Usually, you don’t have to do that if you can take enough breaks and limit the screen time.”

Dr. Babiuch says the good news is that symptoms related to digital eye strain are all temporary and shouldn’t cause any long-term side effects.

If your child’s vision problem persists you should talk to an eye doctor.

 

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