If your children are like most kids nowadays, they probably spend hours per day viewing a digital screen. Starting from a young age, children are comfortable with computers, tablets, cellphones, iPads, and almost every high-tech device out there. Yet, there is a downside to this digital obsession. Looking at a screen (of any size) for extended periods every day can lead to digital eyestrain and computer vision syndrome (CVS). Our optometrists provide pediatric eye care for a rising number of young patients who visit with the irritating symptoms of CVS.
Signs of this contemporary condition include:
- Eye redness and irritation
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes, due to reduced blinking
- Neck, shoulder and back pain
If your child presents any of the above symptoms, we recommend that you seek pediatric eye care as soon as possible to avoid any lasting vision damage.
Blue Light and Children
Digital gadgets emit hazardous blue light rays, and blue light and children is not a winning combination. While moderate exposure to blue light isn’t a problem, overexposure can lead to variety of health and eye problems. In addition to causing eyestrain, blue light can also disrupt kids’ circadian rhythms – thereby causing insomnia. In turn, sleep deprivation can lead to additional health complications, such as depression and anxiety. Lack of sleep also weakens the immune system and contributes to learning problems. In sum, it’s smart to encourage kids to shut down their gadgets before bedtime in order to limit the unhealthy effects of blue light on children.
Specialty computer glasses are another way to block blue light from reaching children’s eyes. The lenses filter out blue light and may therefore help prevent some of the irritations of computer vision syndrome, such as dry eyes, redness, and eye fatigue. Computer glasses may also help your kid fall asleep easier each night!
To learn more about pediatric eye exams and our eye care services for children in Austin, TX, contact McCormick Vision Source to schedule an appointment. Our eye doctors stay up-to-date with the latest advances in eye care for all ages, so your entire family will receive state-of-the-art treatment.