Children’s Eyecare: How to take care of your Kid’s eyes in the Digital Era?
Did you know that screen time for children (5 to 15 years) had increased by a whopping 100% in the first lockdown itself in 2020? This is according to a survey conducted by OLX India. The same survey also claims that 84 % of parents are worried about the increase in children’s screen time due to the pandemic and social distancing norms. A regular kid’s eye checkup at medically recommended intervals is imperative. Schedule now!
The Digital Climate, Corona and Children’s overexposed eyes to screens
Children of this digital and pandemic era have no choice but to attend their school online, also communicate with friends and family online, research online and even watch films or play games online. Whatever little interactions they had earlier with the real world, the pandemic ensured that all of that has turned entirely digital now. The excessive screen exposure of children’s eyes for such long hours is dangerous with far-reaching health implications.
How to take care of your child’s eyes in the digital era?
Regular Eye Test every 6 Months
Don’t wait till he or she complains of blurred vision or sensitive and watery eyes. After all, eyes are one of the most sensitive and fragile organs in our bodies and regular kid’s eye check up is not an option – it is a necessity.
Reduce Screen Time:
You cannot entirely avoid screen time for a child living in these times. You can, however, reduce screen time. Try introducing more offline games into their routine, encourage reading real books over e-books, introduce them to a hobby or art that you may enjoy doing together, or simply spend time chatting with him or her!
Get a Protective Anti-Glare Pair of Glasses after a Medical Consultation
Even if he or she doesn’t have an eye number – prescription considering an anti-glare/ reflective pair of glasses for your child’s screen time or even a pair of spectacles that protect them from harmful blue light. Always pick the right anti-glare/ reflective glasses after a professional kid’s eye check-up – avoid playing eye doctor.
Regulate the Screen Brightness & Contrast
More brightness and contrast of the computer, mobile or Tab means more light exposed to your child’s eyes. Controlling the brightness and contrast of your screens will help the eyes to be less strained.
Consider Protective Eye-drops for Dry Eyes after a Kid’s Eye Checkup
Prolonged exposure of children’s eyes to screens can make their eyes dry and sensitive. Considering protective eye drops to keep eyes moist and prevent eye fatigue.
Eyes can Indicate other Health Problems; Eye Check ups are Essential
They say that the skin and hair are the barometer of our health, the eyes too fall in this list. Our eyes can indicate anemia, diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. A stitch in time saves nine; likewise a timely kids eye check up should definitely fall in your priority list.
Book your Kid’s Eye Check up Today
Book your kid’s eye check up now and reduce screen time at the earliest. Don’t wait for your child to complain. Book an appointment with Lens and Frames today! Visit our website or call us.