A pediatric ophthalmologist’s top tips for your virtual learner’s eye health
September 14, 2020
A pediatric ophthalmologist’s top tips for your virtual learner’s eye health

    Virtual learning tips: How to maximize your child’s eye health

    Kids are spending a lot of time in front of electronic devices these days with online learning. If the students in your home are virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ophthalmologist Dr. Evan Silverstein has some tips to limit eye strain and maximize healthy eyes.

    Watch Dr. Silverstein explain how to help reduce eye strain

    Remember the 20-20-20 rule

    First and foremost, remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. When our eyes are constantly focusing on a computer, we need to allow time for them to relax and readjust so they’re not always straining.

    Get in the proper position

    The second thing is positioning. Your child should be about 18-24 inches from the computer screen with their eyes perfectly aligned with the screen. This not only helps their eyes, but also prevents slouching or straining of the neck.

    Pay attention to lighting and location

    Lighting is very important. Using a device in a dark room will cause significant eye strain, so encourage kids to keep the lights on. Also, think about the location of your child’s learning space within the room. Windows should be behind your child, rather than behind the screen, to decrease glare.

    Give their eyes some natural light

    Another pandemic in this world is nearsightedness, a condition where you can see nearby objects clearly but those farther away are blurry. A significant number of children these days require glasses to correct their nearsightedness. Try to get outside one to two hours a day to make sure your child gets natural light in their eyes. This will help prevent the progression of nearsightedness – and promote exercise too!

    What about blue light blocking glasses?

    I get a lot of questions about blue light blocking glasses. There’s no good science right now that supports the use of these glasses, so I don’t recommend them. Instead, the above tips protect and relax the eyes with no cost or trip to the store!

    If your child is experiencing eye problems, we can help.

    Call (804) 828-2467 or request an eye doctor appointment online.

    Learn more on how to support your virtual learner during coronavirus.

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