Our kids spend a lot of time, sometimes even hours, in front of their screens playing video games, or watching cartoons or their favorite YouTube channels.
We all know that can be harmful to them. It's not just their eyes that are in danger, but also their overall health.
These are just some of the conditions associated with too much screen time:
- Unhealthy posture
- Computer vision syndrome. Common symptoms associated with this condition are blurred vision, red or dry eyes, double vision, dizziness, and headaches
Overexposure to blue light, which may cause macular degeneration later in life
It is almost impossible to take away new types of entertainment from our kids' lives, but there are a couple of things we can do to prevent health issues that can be caused by excessive screen time.
This article is very interesting: “Do You Need Computer Glasses?”
Here are some tips for keeping your kids' eyes healthy.
Limit their screen time. Experts advise that children under 18 months should not be using smartphones or tablets at all. They also recommend half an hour’s screen time for kids aged 2–5 and only two hours a day for kids older than 5. When it comes to watching TV, the situation is different: the screen is not that close to kids' eyes, so the recommended screen time is a bit longer.
Encourage them to take breaks. Have you ever heard of a "20-20-20" rule that was popularized by Dr. Jeff Anshell, a specialist in “vision ergonomics”? Everyone who spends time in front of the screen should take a break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This applies not only to kids but to adults, too. After all, we should set a good example for our younger ones.
Protect their eyes from harmful blue light. Even if your kids don't spend much time in front of screens, they should be protected from the blue light emitted from digital devices. There are adorable blue-light-blocking glasses designed to protect the youngest eyes. Check them here: PROSPEK-50 Kids.
If you want to learn more about blue-light-blocking glasses, read this article: “The Benefits of Blue Light Glasses.”
Outside play at least 90 minutes every day. This is very important for your kids' normal eye growth and to prevent strain.
Check out this article: “UV Light and the Importance of Good Sunglasses”
Establish healthy eating habits. You can make really fun and tasty meals from ingredients that are good for your kids' eyes and overall health. Check this article: “6 great foods for healthy eyes.”
Also, it’s very important to take your kids to an ophthalmologist once a year for a comprehensive eye exam.