In today’s digital age, computer use is prevalent among children. Whether at school, at home or somewhere on-the-go, kids are staring at a screen or hand-held device of sorts for extended periods of time each and every day. As a result, a child’s eyes are forced to focus and strain more than normal. Because their eyes are still developing, this taxing demand on young ocular muscles can often result in what is known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
Also referred to as “digital eye strain,” CVS is a term used to describe several vision-related issues caused by heavy computer use. Some of the most common symptoms related to CVS include:
- Eye strain
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes
- Neck and shoulder discomfort
The occurrence and severity of these symptoms generally depend on the amount of time children spend in front of a computer screen, though some kids may experience worsened indications of CVS due to uncorrected vision disorders, such as farsightedness and/or astigmatism. As a result, we recommend monitoring how long your child spends at the computer without breaks. We also encourage annual comprehensive eye exams. Additional tips include making sure the lighting in the room is not causing a glare on the screen and ensuring your son or daughter is viewing the screen from no closer than 18 inches.
Ultimately, taking the proper measures to protect your child from Computer Vision Syndrome as their eyes continue to develop may assist in diminishing their risk of future, more serious vision complications.