Digital Eyestrain and Kids to Teens Vision

Although many parents worry about how much time their teenagers spend glued to their smartphones, tablets, and other digital devices, most are unaware of how it affects their children’s vision and overrall health.

By the time the average American teenager reaches the age of 17, their eyes will have spent the equivalent of nearly six years looking at digital devices!  toddlers start their digital device use

Do you really know how much screen time that you child is getting? Do you know that most kids use technology for coursework during the school day?

Do you know how much of a negative impact digital eye strain is having on your child?  kids and screen time

One in four kids uses digital devices more than 3 hours a day! Exposure to harmful blue light from screens can pose a risk to children’s developing eyes and can lead to accelerated myopia.

Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long, relative to the focusing power of the cornea and lens of the eye. This causes light rays to focus at a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on its surface.

Nearsightedness also can be caused by the cornea and/or lens being too curved for the length of the eyeball. In some cases, myopia is due to a combination of these factors.

Myopia typically begins in childhood and you may have a higher risk if your parents are nearsighted. In most cases, nearsightedness stabilizes in early adulthood but sometimes it continues to progress with age.

Some symptoms of digital eyestrain are dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision from screen glare, neck pain, and tiredness.

Have your child’s eyes examined every year before they return to school, and be sure to tell their Optometrist how much screen time that they are getting.