Back to School Checklist for your Eyes

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Summer is almost over, but I'm sure there wasn't any rest with the usage of any tech devices! I know as a mom, my son has spent plenty of time on his tablet and computer as we juggle summer break and a full workload! There's no time better than checking your eyes as you or your children head back to school. According to the American Optometric Association's (AOA) 2013 American Eye-Q® survey, 85% of parents say their children use an electronic device up to four hours per day while in and out of school, and 41% of children have their own smartphone and tablet. 66% use a computer or tablet to do homework or study. With all the changes in technology it's really important to get your eyes checked, especially as you head back into a new school year!

When you are really focusing on something visual for hours at a time, it can cause strain in your eyes creating a discomfort that may hinder you or your child from learning and focusing. Did you know that there's something called CVS? Computer Vision Syndrome is a temporary vision condition that includes eye strain, headaches, fatigue, burning or tired eyes, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain.

So what can you do to help the eyes of you and your family? Here are some tips:

Use The 20-20-20 Rule:

When using technology, take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away. 

Limit TechTime for Smaller Children:

For those kids in Preschool or Kindergarten, The AOA suggests limiting tech time to two hours or less each day and increasing the font size of the text on the screen in order to make it easier on eyes.

Preschool and Kindergarten: At home, little ones may begin to play games on a tablet or smartphone, while at school they tend to learn early lessons about how to use a computer. The AOA (American Optometric Association) suggests limiting tech time to two hours or less each day and increasing the font size of the text on the screen in order to make it easier on eyes. 

Elementary School Students: At this age, children continue to use smartphones, play with portable gaming devices, and spend hours on computers at school and at home. Encourage kids to use cell phones only for quick tasks such as texting, and to position all devices half an arm's length away from the eyes and slightly below eye level. Children should also take frequent breaks and move around or change positions often while working on a computer.

Middle and High School: Tech use definitely becomes more prevalent at this stage! All computers should be positioned 20 to 28 inches away from their eyes, and the top of the screen should be at eye level, allowing them to look down at the screen. As for digital devices, brightness or background color settings should be adjusted to keep vision comfortable.

Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam:

Eye exams are one of the most important investments you can make to make sure you and your families eyes are healthy! This helps maximize overall health and well-being for anyone. Warner Eyecare can really discover the health of your retina, and see any potential issues that may be arising. Early detection of any eye issues is vital in how you can go about your treatments in the future and also learn about any long term effects of conditions that may be forming. You can schedule an appointment HERE.

About Warner Eyecare:

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*Information from this blog post is taken from the American Optometric Association Website.