The American Academy of Ophthalmology shares back-to-online school checklist to protect kids’ eyes from too much screen time
Aug 13, 2020, 16:59 ET
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — When COVID-19 first shut classrooms in the spring, we got a glimpse into the digital challenges of distance learning. Among them, kids aren’t immune to developing tired, dry eyes from concentrating on laptops and tablets for extended periods of time. The discomfort drove some of them to their ophthalmologist, looking for relief. To prepare students and their families for the new school year, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is sharing a back-to-online school checklist to help prevent digital eye strain.
“I was a digital eye strain naysayer prior to recent events,” said Stephen Lipsky, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist and clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “But in my practice, I really have seen a marked increase in kids suffering from eye strain because of increased screen time. Good news is most symptoms can be avoided by taking a few simple steps.”