Sunlight and room lighting
It may not be obvious, but if your child spends too much time in the sun without eye protection, they may develop eye strain. Furthermore, when the lighting at home is not at a comfortable level, it may also hurt your kid’s eyes.
Finally, children with vision problems might use their eyes forcefully to see clearly, leading to eye strain. Examples of eye conditions that can result in eye strain are nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
How to protect your child from eye strain
To protect your kid’s eyes, consider taking the following measures:
Limit screentime and practice the 20-20-20 rule
As much as possible discourage the child from using gadgets, but if it cannot be helped, make sure that they are taking frequent breaks.
Whenever your child focuses on a task that requires intense eye use, such as reading or staring at the computer screen, practice the 20-20-20 rule.
The rule suggests that for every 20 minutes of activity, the child should take their eyes away from the task and focus on anything 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Afterward, they need to blink 20 times. This gives your child’s eyes the much-needed break.
Some reports add an additional “2” at the end of the rule. It stands for at least 2 hours of outdoor activities. Various studies indicate that spending time outdoors not only serves as a break from screentime, but it’s also essential in a child’s eye focus. At least one study even suggests that it can reduce the risk of nearsightedness.
Be careful with screen size and distance
To protect your child from eye strain, make them use gadgets with larger screens such as computers and laptops. This is because small screens like that of mobile phones make the eyes work harder.
As for positioning, you can follow the 1/2/10 rule. It means your child needs to place their phone 1 foot away from them, sit 2 feet away from their computer, and sit 10 feet away from the television.