Screen time is a part of our children’s lives, with digital devices at home and school. Parents often ask our myopia experts if they should limit screen time, and what the potential impact is on kids from too much time on devices? Below are five facts about screen time and kids to help concerned parents be informed about what we really know about this important area.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under the age of two, and a daily maximum of two hours per day of “entertainment media” for older children. While understandably not easy, limiting “entertainment only” screen time and ensuring kids get other ways to play is generally accepted as good guidance.
- Numerous studies have shown that excessive media use in children can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep disorders and obesity. Psychology Today reports a “number of studies connect delayed cognitive development in kids with extended exposure to electronic media.”
- Studies have shown that lack of outdoor time in children can lead to an earlier onset of nearsightedness (myopia–blurry distance vision). In many Southeast Asian countries, where childhood myopia rates are over 80%, schools are putting in mandatory outdoor recess breaks and experimenting with classrooms designed with more natural light.
- Many leading eye care researchers believe children’s increased use of near vision (reading, using digital devices, etc.) is a factor in the explosion of nearsightedness seen globally over the last 30 years. What most parents don’t know is that nearsightedness significantly increases the risk of serious, sight threatening diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
- The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that American children spend seven hours a day in front of electronic media. Clearly this is a challenge for all parents.
If you have concerns about your child’s digital device use and its impact on their nearsightedness, please call or email us below to get more information on how we may be able to help at our Bethesda or Tysons Corner center. Our non-surgical treatments can slow or even stop myopia’s progression, so you don’t have to get your child stronger glasses every year.
Our Bethesda office is located at 10215 Fernwood Road, Suite 401A Bethesda, Maryland 20817.
To speak with one of our myopia counselors or optometrists please call 240-297-1017. To request more info please email us at TreehouseBethesda@TreehouseEyes.com.
To make an appointment for your child at our Bethesda location, visit our Bethesda location page here.
Our Tysons Corners office is located at 8100 Boone Boulevard, Suite 150 Vienna, Virginia 22182.
To speak with one of our myopia counselors or optometrists please call 703-991-2766. To request more info please email us at TreehouseTysons@TreehouseEyes.com.
To make an appointment for your child at our Tysons location, visit our Tysons location page here.