Back-to-School Eye Health
By Health Day
Kids may still be focused on having fun in the sun but the back-to-school countdown has begun. Experts from the American Optometric Association caution that when classes resume and a child's gaze turns back to computers a daily diet of technology can easily spell long-term eye trouble. It's called "digital eye strain" a condition brought on by excessive exposure to electronic devices. In fact, an Association survey suggests that more than 80% of kids between 10 and 17 now spend more than 3 hours a day consuming the high-energy blue and violet glow of high-tech gadgetry. The result: a constellation of headaches, blurred vision, a loss of focus, and the onset of fatigue. To lower risk, optometrists suggest the 20-20-20 rule: a 20-second technology break every 20 minutes in order to refocus on an object 20 feet away. Frequent blinking is also helpful as is increasing on-screen font size and matching room luminosity to screen luminosity. And experts from the AOA also stress that nothing replaces an annual back-to-school eye exam to ensure optimal vision all year long.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.
Thursday, February 11, 2016, Watertown, NY