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December 15, 2019

Computer Vision Syndrome

It’s November and midterm and exam season is well underway for many students. Kids all over the country are burying their noses in computers and books in pursuit of the knowledge necessary to succeed in school and in life.

The connection between good vision and learning is significant. Around 80% of learning occurs through a child’s visual system. Therefore, protecting your student’s vision is crucial. Good vision is the most important tool in their learning toolbox.

Have you heard of Computer Vision Syndrome? The human eye was not designed to stare at small screens reading text for hours every day. When we adopt such behaviors, it could increase risk for problems such as eye fatigue and a higher incidence of nearsightedness in younger people.

If your student struggles to focus on their computer or tablet, a customized pair of computer glasses that optimizes vision in the distance range where the screen sits can significantly ease the eye strain they’re experiencing. Be sure to ask about lens coatings that can further relieve tired eyes such as those that block blue light, a spectrum emitted by bright computer screens that can increase eyestrain as the eyes have to work harder to focus this higher energy light. Visual breaks are also important. Follow the 20-20-20 rule by taking a break every 20 minutes and focusing on a distant object 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. This will help to relax the focusing system. If your eyes are still strained, book in for an eye exam so we can address your concerns and ensure your eyes are healthy. Take care of your eyes this exam season and happy studying!

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