With the school year underway, many children have headed back to classrooms that are equipped with innovative equipment to enhance their learning experience. Schools are employing smart boards, tablets, and other types of electronics to enhance their daily curriculum. The Wisconsin Optometric Association recently cautioned parents on their children’s overexposure to electronic screens and has a few tips to help prevent or reduce vision and eye health problems.
Eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision, and headaches are some of those challenges along with long-term issues that may impact children that have overexposure to electronic devices. Parents and teachers are encouraged to coach students on the 20-20-20 rule when looking at electronic screens for a prolonged period of time. Individuals should take a 20-second break every 20 minutes from watching or working on an electronic device and view something 20 feet away. Other tips include blinking frequently while using a computer to avoid dry eyes and keeping computer screens about 4-5 inches below eye level.
For a complete list of tips and ways to prevent vision and eye health problems, visit the Wisconsin Optometric Association’s website.