Back to school vision
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmologys website, staring at your computer screen, smart phone, video game or other digital devices for long periods wont cause permanent eye damage, but can cause eyestrain. Normally, humans blink about 18 times a minute, but studies show we blink half that often while using computers and other digital screen devices, whether for work or play, according to American Academy of Ophthalmology officials. They recommend sitting about 25 inches from the screen, reducing the monitors glare, and periodically shifting your eyes to look at an object 20 feet away, for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. They call it the 20-20-20 Rule. In regards to childrens eye health, the American Optometric Association recommends eye examinations for infants and children at six months and 3 years of age. For school age children, eye examination is recommended before first grade and every two years thereafter. Infants at higher risks, for example from family history, should have an examination as soon as medically practicable. Similarly, children with symptoms or higher risks should also be examined more frequently.
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Computer-Related Eye Strain Not Just for Adults
Holding a small mirror flat against the screen can help pinpoint light sources that are reflecting from above or behind. At the same time, kids’ eyes may lose the ability to focus on other objects because of extended computer time. The association recommends that children take at least a 20-second break for every 20 minutes of computer time. The association recommends that parents take their children for an annual eye exam and discuss computer use with their eye doctor. According to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, almost one in four school-age children has vision problems, but only 14 percent of children entering first grade have an eye exam. The association also recommends that parents and teachers keep their eyes open for signs of eye strain in children, including eye redness, rubbing their eyes, head turns, complaints of blurriness or eye fatigue, or limited attention to visual tasks.
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However, each Optometrist has different eye exam fees and some may charge a small fee for childrens eye exams. Good vision is essential for learning in school and the following skills are important for adequate performance in school. Sunil Parekh is originally from Kamloops, B.C. He attended Optometry School in London, England. During his time there he gained experience from Moorfields Eye Hospital and Queen Alexandria Hospital. After graduating, Dr.
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