Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is not just happening among adults who spend most of their day in front of the computer. At the Mountain View Medical Center, we have noticed an increasing trend of parents seeking our services because their children are experiencing symptoms of CVS such as headache, fatigue, back pain, eye strain, and blurred vision.
This isn’t surprising as today’s youth spend more time with their digital devices, from laptops to cell phones to gaming systems. The increased exposure to digital screens is putting children at risk for vision problems early in life, and it is affecting their classroom performance. Staying glued to digital screens for hours without taking short breaks is primarily a result of the lack of awareness in children.
Below is a quick guide for parents and guardians to help protect their children from experiencing vision problems due to CVS:
- Teach your child the 20-20-20 rule: taking a break from what they’re looking at in front of the screen every 20 minutes and looking at an object at least 20 feet away from them for 20 seconds. Children will most likely remember this if you incorporate this rule as part of a “game” and if you do this yourself!
- Position your child’s seat at a suitable height. Ensure that your child’s feet touch the ground while sitting.
- Children tend to disregard minor discomforts. Parents or guardians may have no idea that their child is already experiencing vision problems. To prevent this from happening, have your child’s vision checked regularly.
Call (907) 328-2920 to set up an appointment with us. We can help your child prevent digital eye damage through our high-quality eye care services.