How to prevent digital eye strain in children

We live in a very digitally-oriented world, and our children are becoming more acquainted with digital screens, especially owing to recent virtual learning. Here are some tips to assist your child in reducing digital eye strain:


  • Digital screens should be held at eye level/downward and at arm’s length 

  • 20/20/20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds..and BLINK!

  • Anti-reflective coating on glasses

  • Blue-light blockers can facilitate the sleep cycle. Switch those digital devices to “night mode” for your children who like to use screens before bedtime, or better yet, switch off the digital screens a few hours before bedtime


Digital eye strain may not always present as “tired eyes.” Oftentimes, the focusing system of the eyes is overworked with excessive digital screen use, which can lead to inaccurate glasses prescriptions. It is important that your child receives a comprehensive eye exam to fully assess the eye muscle posture and focusing system to determine if glasses are the answer. 

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