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Children’s eyes and video games

Children’s eyes and video games

Eyecare professionals agree that, in general, video games will not harm your child’s vision if you follow a few helpful tips, however. Video games usually put less strain on the eyes than precision activities such as reading and sewing. However, long hours in front of a screen can cause fatigue, tension and dry eyes. Your child’s eyes will have to work harder to focus in order to get a clear image.
There are some good habits you can adopt to keep your child’s vision healthy:
  • Encourage your child to take breaks. Encourage a balance between free play, outdoor games and games with screens.
  • Use the 20-20-20 rule. Teach your child to take a break every 20 minutes and look at 20 feet for 20 seconds.
  • Encourage your child to sit away from the screen. Details will appear more defined and lines and defects on the screen will be less visible. If your child insists on looking closely at the screen, he or she may be near-sighted. An annual eye exam is recommended to detect vision problems and ensure your child’s eye health.
  • Adjust the contrast of the screen to the room lighting. Provide subdued general lighting, as too bright lighting will reduce the contrast with the screen and thus “dilute” the image.
Did you know that we blink an average of 12 times in 1 minute, but only 5 times when we are in front of a screen? This practice can cause dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches.