3 STEPS TO SCREEN TIME SUCCESS

Use this guide to set your student up for success with "at home learning".   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 guide to set them up right.

STEP 1:

Ensure your child's eyes are not overworking when it comes to computer work

Schedule an eye exam.  Most children start out far-sighted which means that their eyes have to work harder to do near work.

Our eye doctors will also test for eye muscle imbalances or eye focusing problems.   Be sure to measure the distance from your eyes to the monitor before your appointment.  You may want to get your child a pair of glasses specifically set for computer use. 

Your child's vision is priceless.  

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 down.

Children should spend at least 2 hours a day outdoors with proper sun protection.
 

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. 

 

ADJUST YOUR MONITOR SETTINGS:

Make the words on the screen easier to read.
Font size 11 pt or larger Set font to 100 - 125% Use a traditional font, not cursive

Lighting should come from behind or overhead, not directly at your face Utilize a glare guard to reduce reflections Adjust Screen brightness and color (see Monitor Settings Guide on page 


IDEAL MONITOR SETTINGS:

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) 

ADJUST YOUR MONITOR:

  • Font size 11point or larger

  • Set font to 100-125%

  • Use a traditional font, not cursive

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

  • Utilize a glare guard to reduce reflections

  • Adjust screen brightness and color (see below)

TAKE BREAKS

  •  Use the 20 X 20 X 20 Rule. Take breaks every 20 minutes for 20 seconds to look 20 feet away.  Reset your focus to a distance object 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

​​​STEP 3: BLOCK THE BLUE

AVOID SLEEP DISRUPTION -  Blue light is present in sunlight.  Its presence tells your body that it is daylight.  It helps you stay awake by releasing the hormone seratonin.    Electronic devices also emit blue light, which is okay in the morning, but can disrupt your sleep if you get too much blue light at night.  
 
When, blue light turns off, naturally at sunset, melatonin is released to prepare your body for sleep.  It is important to avoid blue light exposure at night.  Studies show that the blue light emitted from electronics can disrupt sleep patterns.  
 
If you need to use electronic devices within 3 hours of bedtime wear a pair of blue light blocking glasses.  


 

Change your screen settings - The blue light emitted from electronic devices is associated with more eye strain than hues like orange or red.  Changing the color emitted by your monitor will lower the amount of blue light emitted.  This will reduce eye strain in the long run.  

F.lux - justgetflux.com

Download the app that will automatically adjust your screen to the time of day for you. The app makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day
 

STEP 4: AVOID CHRONIC DRY EYE

You blink less often and are more likely not to fully close your lids when reading or using digital devices.  Chronic use of digital devices can cause the oil glands in your lids to atrophy over time.  Performing blinking exercises can help your glands stay healthy with out giving up your digital devices

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

Consciously make an effort to blink while using electronic devices.  Every time you take a break as set by the EyeLeo app, do the blinking exercises.
 

Blinking exercise Sequence:

Close your eyes, squeeze your eyes closed, then relax the squeeze while keeping your eyes closed. Open your eyes and repeat this sequence 5 times in a row.
 


 

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