As a parent, you want to do everything you can to set your children up for success. That includes creating a home environment conducive to learning and good vision.
Here are five simple tips to help you create a vision-friendly space for your kids:
1. Make sure the lighting in your home is adequate. Natural light is best, so try to keep windows clear and open. If you use artificial lighting, ensure it is not too harsh or dim.
2. Reduce screen time as much as possible. Encourage your kids to take breaks from electronic devices and get outside for some fresh air and natural light.
3. Make sure your kids are sitting in a comfortable position when they are doing homework or reading. Their back should be straight, their feet should be flat on the floor, and their eyes should be level with the top of the page.
4. Keep clutter to a minimum. Too much visual noise can be distracting and make it difficult to focus.
5. Encourage your kids to take breaks often. The human brain can only focus for so long before it needs a break. Make sure your kids are getting up and moving around every 20 minutes or so to give their eyes and brain a rest.
The Effects of Screens on Young Eyes
More and more, our lives are being lived in front of screens. And while there are many benefits to this technology, there are also some potential risks – especially for young eyes.
Spending too much time looking at screens can lead to a condition called computer vision syndrome (CVS). Symptoms of CVS include eyestrain, headaches, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain.
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, the first step is to have them take regular breaks from screens. The American Optometric Association recommends the 20/20/20 rule: look away for the screen every 20 minutes, focus on an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of two should not have access to screens except for video chatting.
Did you know?
According to the American Optometric Association, children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age.
After that, they should have another exam at 3 years old, and then every 2 years until they reach age 18. If you have any concerns about your child’s vision, don’t wait for their next scheduled exam–make an appointment with one of our eye doctors right away.
Kids Optometry Services in Colorado
At Youth Dental and Vision, we offer comprehensive eye exams for children of all ages. We also offer a wide variety of kids glasses frames and contact lenses. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (303) 953-8801 or visit us at any one of our four locations. We look forward to helping your child see their best!