STEPS TO SCREEN TIME SUCCESS

During this time, it is stressful for parents to know what's best for their student. It seems like a lot of screen time just to get their school work done. Then, they want to play games or watch videos too. Use this helpful guide to set up your student for success with "at home learning".  We can't get rid of digital devices, but we can make a conscious effort to mitigate the negative effects they can have on our vision.

STEP 1: SCHEDULE AN EYE EXAM

Most children start out far-sighted, which means that their eyes have to work harder in order to look at screens up close. Your pediatrician does not check for these problems in their basic screening. Our eye doctors are trained to evaluate you child's prescription and will also test for eye muscle imbalances and eye focusing problems.  

STEP 2: HELP AVOID INCREASING NEARSIGHTEDNESS

Increased time in front of a computer screen can increase your child's chances of becoming nearsighted.  Not only will those children need glasses into adulthood, but with increase nearsightedness there also is an increase risk of sight threatening retinal problems and glaucoma.  If your child is already nearsighted, you may want to consider treatments to help slow the progression.  Please ask your eye doctor about myopia control at your next appointment.
 

SET UP YOUR WORK STATION:

Adjust your chair, desk and monitor for the optimal distances

Make sure your child's' feet can reach the floor. 

TAKE BREAKS

  •  Use the 20 X 20 X 20 Rule. Take breaks every 20 minutes
    for 20 seconds to look 20 feet away.  
    Set your focus to an object in the distance to relax the
    strain on your vision.

    •  Download the Eye Leo app that will remind your
      student without you having to think about it.

      • Regularly reminds you to take short breaks for
        your eyes

      • Customize timing of breaks and length of time

      • Free download No ad blocks and does not send
        information over Internet


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ADJUST YOUR MONITOR:

  • Font size 12 point or larger

  • Lighting should come from behind or overhead, not directly at the face

  • Utilize a glare guard to reduce reflections

  • Adjust screen brightness and color

  • Position monitor arms length away. (18 - 24 inches) Lower monitor or raise chair so eyes are looking slightly downward. (10 - 15 degrees) Tilt monitor upward.  (Bottom of monitor toward and top away from you) 

 For computer glasses to be most effective, they need to be able to filter the 455nm peak wavelength of blue light emitted by digital devices.  Our lenses filter blue light by 35% across the entire blue light spectrum (400nm-495nm). More specifically, they filter blue light by 35% at the 455nm wavelength.

​​​STEP 3: BLOCK THE BLUE

Blue light isn't all bad, as it's naturally present in sunlight.  Its presence tells your body that it is time to be alert and awake by releasing the hormone serotonin.  However, studies show that if there is increased blue light exposure at night, it can disturb your sleep patterns. Excessive  and prolonged blue light exposure can also play a factor in eye fatigue, strain, and headaches.
 

SMART.KIND.COOL glasses have been designed specifically to allow beneficial blue light through the lens and filtering out the blue light wavelengths that can cause headaches, migraines, digital eye strain, and sleep issues.

STEP 4: AVOID CHRONIC DRY EYE AND IRRITATION

When reading or using digital devices, we tend to blink less often and are more likely not to fully close our lids.  Blinking helps spread new tears over the cornea and flush old tears through the nasal-lacrimal duct system. Chronic use of digital devices can cause the oil glands in your lids to atrophy over time leading to poor quality tear production.  By performing blinking exercises, you can help your glands stay healthy and your eyes feel better at the end of the day.

Blink on purpose - When you blink, the glands in your eyelids release beneficial oils which coat the front of the eye.  Blinking at regular intervals maintains the health of the eye and promotes clearer vision.

If you use electronic devices within 3 hours of bedtime, it is highly recommended to wear a pair of blue light blocking glasses.  Our doctors recommend SMART.KIND.COOL glasses.  Because not all blue light blocking glasses are created equal, we researched the best materials and combined them with lightweight frames to increase comfort for your students.

Please contact us with any questions. Don't forget to schedule your child's exam with one of our eye doctors.

Dr. Meredith Walton

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Monday 10-6

Tuesday: 9-5

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday: 9-5

Friday: 9-5

Saturday: 9-2