Digital Eye Strain in Children

A temporary vision condition caused by prolonged use of electronic devices


  • Burning, itchy or tired eyes
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of focus
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Head and neck pain

Visual breaks. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This helps relax your child’s focusing. After 2 hours on the computer, your child needs to rest their eyes by doing something else for 15 minutes.

Time for an Eye exam. It is imperative that children have their eyes examined by an optometrist. Nearsightedness is easier for a parent to detect than farsightedness. A farsighted child must work their eyes extra to focus causing fatigue, headaches, double vision or blurred vision.

Don’t sit too close! Measure the distance between your child’s eye and the computer monitor. Ideally, this distance should be 20-30 inches.

Go outside! Did you know that outside play time helps your child not become as nearsighted?

Dim the lights. Ideally room lighting should be dimmer than the computer screen.

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