Amidst fears of screens damaging children’s eyes, optometrists have advised four simple steps to help keep kids’ eyes healthy over the summer holidays.
Recent research has revealed that more than 80 per cent of optometrists have seen parents in the past month who have concerns about screen use damaging their children’s eyes. And with school summer holidays underway, many children will spend the next six weeks glued to their smartphones, tablets or TV screens.
The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has advised four simple steps that parents can follow to help keep their children’s eyes healthy this summer.
Optometrist and the AOP spokesperson, Ceri Smith-Jaynes, said:
“A big worry for parents is the amount of screen time their children will have over the summer, as watching TV and playing computer games fills up more of their days, as well as their evenings, during the holidays.”
To reassure parents, Smith-Jaynes continued: “There isn’t clear scientific evidence that indicates screen use damages eye health, but we do know that long periods of time carrying out near tasks, like reading on screen, can cause eye strain and other symptoms like dry eye and headaches – so it’s important that children take regular breaks.”
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