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.
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.
Here are some essential tips to safeguard your child from the harmful effects of increased screen time due to online classes.
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.
A palm massage can relieve such viewing strain and soothe the eyes. For this, rub your palms together and place them on the eyelids.
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.
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.
Here are six foods that can maintain optimal eyesight.
Includes salmon, tuna, and mackerel, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
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.
These include kale, spinach, and collard greens, which contain high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin.
Include almonds, pistachios, and walnuts in your diet. These nuts contain high amounts of Vitamin E, which helps preserve your eyesight.
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.
No. Our vision cannot be corrected without professional help. If you are having problems with your vision, please get in touch with an ophthalmologist.
Yes. The vision of your child can get better as they grow older and by activities like decreasing screen time and playing outside.
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.
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.
A child who is over four years old should achieve 20/20 visual acuity using their best spectacle correction.
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