How to Protect Your Child From Screen Time Eye Strain

  1. Teach Kids to Take Regular Breaks
    Just like our muscles need stretching and walking breaks, our eyes need a break from straining to look at screens. Teach your children the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, they should take their eyes off their screen and look at something that’s 20 feet away (across the room, or out a window is a simple enough suggestion for kids), for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Teach Kids to Keep a Safe Distance from Devices
    Studies show we tend to keep devices around 10 to 12 inches from our face. This short distance can put a real strain on our eyes and increase the risk for myopic macular degeneration, retinal detachment, cataracts, and glaucoma. Teach kids to hold devices away from their face. One way to achieve this is to teach them to hold the phone or tablet lower than their heads so they are looking down at it. They should also be taught to sit a comfortable distance from computer screens and tv screens.
  3. Pay Attention to Signs of Vision Issues in Your Kids
    Headaches, excessive blinking, eye rubbing, or a kid that is excessively tired and cranky can all be signs of vision troubles. Tricks, like turning down the brightness on devices, can help mitigate these issues. If the problems persist, it may warrant a visit to an eye doctor to troubleshoot the issue.