In today’s circumstances children need to study online instead of in classroom. Because of that they spend more than 90 min daily in front of
a screen. This enhanced screen time can affect their eyes in more than one way. It is estimated that an average student spends about two
hours on digital screens accessed via mobile, laptop or television.
The global pandemic has forced them to go with online option. Ultimately children often end up spending about eight hours or above in front
of these screens, including their studies, gaming and entertainment.
Studies show that this can lead to the following problems in
children over time:
- Lack of attention – 33.8% of children find it difficult to focus on one thing at a time.
- Fatigue and dryness of the eyes – The number of children experiencing this problem increases from 27.3% to 36.2% in a short span of three months.
- Headaches – 18.4% of children have persistent headaches.
The truth is that all of this has to do with the child’s eye
health. To avoid this, parents should pay attention to the
- Follow the 20:20:20 rule (Encourage your child to look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes)
- Teach your child to blink often while studying online. If their eyes do not blink at least 15 to 20 times within a minute, there will be a lack of tears and the eyes will turn red.
- Use very safe eye lubricants or artificial tears at least twice a day if both of the above do not work in practice.
- It is mandatory to see an ophthalmologist every three months for preliminary tests.
- Schedule in some physical activity : Putting down the device or stepping away from the computer or television can help avoid eye and vision problems from too much screen time.
- Find ways to reduce glare from the computer screen: In addition to changing
screen angles, the glare from a computer screen can be minimised by
adjusting room lighting.
- Healthy diet: Consuming a diet rich in Vitamin A and C is very good for good
optical health. Fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants like papaya, carrot,
broccoli, spinach, and eggs should be included.