What Smartphones Do to Children’s eyes

Mar 27, 2017 | Kids, Parents, Practical Advice and Research

Much research is being done on the impact of screen time to our (younger) generation. Service provider Net Nanny has written a complete blog post about the findings out of the research into the effects of screen exposure to the human eyes.

Quote from the Net Nanny website:

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “Pediatric dry-eye disease often goes underdiagnosed and can negatively affect vision and school performance”. Below are a few tips to reduce eye fatigue and help prevent the environmental issues that can contribute to pediatric dry-eye disease

  • Set limits on continuous screen time – consider the 20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes of screen time, take at least a 20-second break, looking 20 feet into the distance.
  • Get plenty of sleep – consider putting a curfew on mobile devices with parental controls that block access during set times, like bedtime.
  • Shade your eyes when you are outside, even in the winter months. Sunglasses protect your eyes from wind, debris, and reduces glare from snow that can all lead to eye fatigue.
  • Use a humidifier in your home to increase the moisture in the air.
  • Align the top of the screen at eye level. Position screens between 20 to 28 inches away from your child’s eyes so that your child looks down at the screen.
  • Reduce glare by using low-watt bulbs in lighting fixtures as well as drapes to reduce any glare from windows.
  • Posture matters, choose a supportive chair positioned to allow your child’s feet to be flat on the floor.

What are the warning signs of the dry-eye disease?

Continue to read on the Net Nanny website by clicking the link below.