Tips for kids and screen use
Parents are dealing with kids using an unprecedented amount of screens during this time. While we can’t stop online learning, there are some proven tips that can help your child use screens in a way that reduces the impact on their vision and eye health. In addition to the tips below, we always recommend kids get at least 2-3 hours of outdoor time each day if possible. This benefits their eyes and vision as well as their whole body. Below are our top tips for screen use:
#1: Ensure books or screens held at least 14″ away
Children’s eyes are able to adapt and focus easily at different distances. However, the more a child is focusing on objects close to their face, the harder their eyes have to work to maintain clear vision. Encourage your child to hold books and tablets at least 14″ away, and setup any computer use to do the same. If possible see if your child’s work can be projected on a TV screen that is even further away. In Portugal they revived “teleschool” during COVID-19 to help kids get lessons via their TV. If you notice your child moving the book or computer closer to their face constantly, they may have a vision issue. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child to have them checked out. Many providers are now offering telehealth options you can do from home.
#2: Adopt a good reading posture
Many children will slump or tilt their head with extended reading or screen time. A proper posture sitting up in a chair helps ensure kids keep the reading material and a proper distance from their eyes. It also helps ensure they don’t tilt their head constantly, which may lead to a variability in the prescription between their eyes.
#3: Take breaks frequently
Kids often get very focused on their favorite online game or book. Encourage them to take a break from any near work at least every 30 minutes. They should get up, ideally get outside and move their body and enable their eyes to focus on different distances. This is good for their visual health and body as well. It is hard for kids to remember this, so we recommend setting a timer to remind them.
One concern with all the indoor time kids have right now on screens is an increase in myopia (blurry distance vision). Untreated, myopia in children usually gets worse and their vision deteriorates. Make sure to schedule a comprehensive annual eye exam for your child, this is even more important now to ensure your child is seeing and performing their best. Our Myopia Resource Center keeps up with the latest information about myopia, and use our Make An Appointment feature to find a Treehouse Eyes provider in your area.
Having good eyesight helps us out in a multitude of ways. It keeps us safe as we go about our daily life, and it ensures that we can fully participate in all activities that we engage in. As one of our five senses, it’s important to maintain a healthy sense of sight, and good vision is key to your child enjoying a happy, healthy, and meaningful childhood. At Treehouse Eyes, we specialize in non-invasive myopia care and are dedicated to working through treatment programs with you and your child that suit your child’s lifestyle needs. Are you searching for an effective treatment method for your child’s myopia? Read on to find out more about our non-invasive myopia care in Ohio.
Overnight Contact Lenses in Ohio
With overnight contact lenses, all your child has to do is pop them in at night and remove them the next day when they get up. They can then enjoy clear vision throughout the day without needing to use contact lenses. Overnight contact lenses are recommended for active children who do not have the inclination, time, or patience to maintain daytime contact lenses. If you do not think that your child is up to using daytime contact lenses just yet, you can opt for overnight contact lenses first to get them used to contact lenses.
Daytime Soft Contact Lenses in Missouri
For older children who have demonstrated a strong sense of responsibility, daytime soft contact lenses are typically the best choice. If your child has shown that they are able to maintain high levels of hygiene throughout the day and are able to take care of themselves and their possessions, you can start with daytime soft contact lenses.
Choose Treehouse Eyes for Myopia Care for Kids
Let our specialists at Treehouse Eyes help your child to achieve better vision with our non-invasive treatment methods such as personalized contact lenses and prescription eye drops. Our specialists will provide comprehensive assessments and identify the best treatment plan for your child when it comes to their eye care routine. Thanks to our treatment methods that are non-invasive, you can rest assured that the journey for your child to gain improved eyesight will be effective, comfortable, and time-efficient! If you are thinking of getting prescription eye drop, read about our prescription eye drop disclaimer here.
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