During these Covid pandemic days, working from home and online classes have become necessities and there is no other option for us. staring at the computer, tablet, or mobile screens, depending on these electronics gadgets for a long time can cause health issues especially in children. This excessive usage of screen time can put a real strain on the eyes.
Due to the prolonged time sitting in front of the laptop or other gadgets, the number of children catching myopia has increased in the last year.
Myopia or nearsightedness is a common vision condition in which you can see objects near to you clearly, but objects farther away are blurry. It occurs when the shape of your eye causes light rays to bend incorrectly, focusing images in front of your retina instead of on your retina. Moreover, problems caused by computer-like gadgets are called Computer Vision Syndrome. Children were affected by this syndrome during the first lockdown. But later continuing the same routine lead to other physical issues too.
A recent study conducted by a private Chennai hospital revealed that there had been a 25 percent rise in cases of myopia among children in the last two years. The study revealed that myopia has increased by 100 percent on an annual basis. It is also one of the reasons that today’s children unlike the old days, are more addicted to mobile phones, laptops, and tablets. Therefore lack of playtime in the sunlight outside the home and activities such as sports and exercise have become minimal.
Continuous-time staring at electronic gadgets especially during this pandemic has caused children’s vision to become lower and many children are unable to look at things at a distant point. Along with the eyesight problem, health issues such as headache, eye pain etc are also part of it.
How to protect children’s eyes
Frequent breaks in between the online classes are one of the solutions. For instance, if a child spends hours in front of a computer screen or mobile phone, he/she is more likely to develop eye-related problems and injuries than a child who takes frequent breaks while performing the same function. So as an alternative, instead of giving mobile phones, parents can encourage students to use laptops or computers for their classes. Moreover, CVS or digital eye strain can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination.
Steps to reduce harm
- Adjust screen lighting
- Keep eyes moist
- Keep about an arm’s distance from screens
- Reduce the glare of screen
- Period eye test