In the modern age of technology, caring for your child’s eyesight has never been so pertinent
With kids and teens age 8 to 18 spending an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens, it’s recommended that parents should limit screen time for kids to a maximum of just two hours per day. For younger children, age 3 and 4, the World Health Organization says that this should fall to just one hour a day.
In fact, a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 8 to 18-year-old children devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to entertainment media – every day. That equates to more than 53 hours per week!
With children constantly growing, their eyes are prone to long-term damage, which is why it’s key that their eyesight is taken care of from an early age.
Children can have an eyesight test at any age. However, most will have their eyes examined when they first start school.
The great thing is, that they don’t need to be able to read. There are many ways in which your child’s eyes can be tested when they can’t yet read or understand letters of the alphabet – mainly by using images.
If your child’s vision is not checked at school, simply take them to your local opticians for an eye examination – it’s free!
A potentially harmful light source for children is Blue-Violet light, which comes from a plethora of sources such as sunlight, fluorescent and LED lights and screens, flat screen TVS, computers and smartphones.
And just why isn’t it good for our eyes? Quite simply, our eyes are not equipped to filter out this light – and a child’s eyes are even more vulnerable. Too much screen time can result in eyestrain – symptoms can include burning, itchy, or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue and blurred vision.
Spotting a problem
Children may not always realise they have a problem with their vision, so it’s important that they have regular checks so that any potential issues can be flagged up and treated accordingly.
Signs to look out for include:
• eyes not pointing in the same direction
• complaining of headaches or eye strain
• problems reading i.e. holding books close to their face to read
• problems with hand-eye co-ordination
• being unusually clumsy
• regularly rubbing their eyes
• sitting too close to the TV
If you have any concerns about your child’s vision, visit your GP or go to an optician.
Did you know?
Free NHS sight tests are available for children under 16 and for young people under 19 in full-time education. Just pop to your local optician to make an appointment.
Connect with us
View by date
A barbecue is a social event. A time to get together with friends and family under the hot sun and enjoy a meal Alfresco. Whether you are a BBQ aficionado or a BBQ newbie, our guide will help you pick the right equipment and provide you with some useful hints and tips. Charcoal or …Read more...
With the property market having been reopened for just over a month, new trends are starting to emerge… The latest stats from Rightmove have revealed new property trends for Brits as we start to move out of lockdown. The pandemic has made potential buyers rethink their priorities when it comes to a property with an …Read more...
Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, many highly anticipated films have been pushed back, but with cinemas due to reopen this week, we thought we’d look at the latest release dates for some of the biggest blockbusters this year… Mulan – 12th August Disney continues to rollout live-action remakes of their classics. This time around …Read more...
Liven up your summer with these refreshing ice cream recipes. Something for the kids to get involved in! Sugar-free strawberry and banana ice cream Serves 8 Ingredients: 300ml double cream 300ml whole milk 6 large egg yolks 1 vanilla pod, cut in half lengthways, seeds scraped out (or 2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste) 500g …Read more...
Yesterday, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in a statement to the House confirmed that lockdown measures will be further reduced from the 4th of July onwards… The government released plans to return life to normal for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and continues to protect the NHS. The …Read more...