Watch Children for Signs of Eye Strain

Melissa Kossler Dutton

As your children settle into the new school year, take a moment to remind them about taking care of their eyes while they work on school-related reading and computer assignments.

Encourage children to rest their eyes after 20 to 30 minutes of reading or screen time, suggests Your Sight Matters, a website run by eye-care professionals. Teach kids the 20-20-20 rule, the site recommends. Every 20 minutes, look away from your book or screen, and look at an object that’s 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. 

It’s also a good idea to take breaks and walk around for a while to give your eyes a rest. To keep kids from experiencing eye strain while reading, check out these tips

Also, ask your child whether his vision is impacting his schoolwork, which could be a sign that he’s not seeing well. Complaints about not being able to see the board, or headaches, squinting and sitting close to the TV can be signs that a child needs glasses and should have an eye exam.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has a list of signs that could signal vision problems for children of all ages on its website. When it comes to protecting your eyes, doctors recommend getting potential issues checked out early to prevent problems from getting worse.

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