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Is Your Child Attending Online Classes? Reduce Digital Strain on Their Eyes


Is Your Child Attending Online Classes? Reduce Digital Strain on Their Eyes

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12/18/2020


There is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed our lifestyles in unbelievable ways. It has changed everything from how we exercise, work, cook, eat, and even sleep. It has also changed how our children study.

What Are the Effects of Online Classes on Children’s Eyesight?

Ophthalmologists worldwide are reporting an alarming rise in vision-related health conditions among both kids and teenagers alike recently. These include dryness, redness, eye fatigue, inflammation, blurring of vision, and trouble seeing farther objects, i.e., myopia.

Essential Tips to Safeguard Children’s Eyes While E-Learning

Here are some essential tips to safeguard your child from the harmful effects of increased screen time due to online classes.

  • Blink Your Eyes More Often

    Studies prove that the blinking rate of students' eyes considerably decreases when they are attentively watching educational videos on a screen, causing itchy, dry eyes. Children are advised to open and close their eyelids gently about ten times every half an hour while they are in an online class to prevent this.

  • Palm Massage

    A palm massage can relieve such viewing strain and soothe the eyes. For this, rub your palms together and place them on the eyelids.

  • Adequate Lighting in the Study Area

    Ensure sufficient natural illumination with a comfortable study chair and desk for the online classes for averting vision-related exhaustion. During evening classes, avoid the glare from the LED or fluorescent bulbs and select warm light sources instead.

  • Distancing Devices

    Avoid looking closely at a monitor for prolonged hours, as this can cause a gradual decrease in vision. Leave a gap of 18 to 24 inches between the monitor and the eyes. Adjust the brightness and contrast settings to your comfort level.

Diet Choices for Improved Vision

Here are six foods that can maintain optimal eyesight.

  • Deepwater fish:

    Includes salmon, tuna, and mackerel, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Eggs and carrots:

    Eating Vitamin A-rich eggs reduces the risk of night blindness and dry eyes. Carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene, which is an originator of this vitamin.

  • Leafy green vegetables:

    These include kale, spinach, and collard greens, which contain high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin.

  • Nuts:

    Include almonds, pistachios, and walnuts in your diet. These nuts contain high amounts of Vitamin E, which helps preserve your eyesight.

  • Berries and citrus fruits:

    These fruits are high in Vitamin C, strengthening your kid’s immune system and increasing resistance to eye infections.

If you want to know more about how to keep your child’s eyes healthy during the pandemic, please call us or schedule an appointment with us. We will be happy to help you.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can eyesight be improved naturally?

    No. Our vision cannot be corrected without professional help. If you are having problems with your vision, please get in touch with an ophthalmologist.

  • Can children's eyesight get better?

    Yes. The vision of your child can get better as they grow older and by activities like decreasing screen time and playing outside.

  • What food improves eyesight?

    Most of the vitamins and antioxidants that improve eyesight are naturally found in everyday foods such as carrots, cod liver oil, kale, spinach, collard greens, sweet potatoes, and butter.

  • How can I take care of my eyes daily?

    Several habits help in proper eye care, such as eating a well-balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, regular eye exercises, avoiding smoking, and wearing protective eyewear.

  • What is a normal vision for a child?

    A child who is over four years old should achieve 20/20 visual acuity using their best spectacle correction.


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