Three Eye Strain Prevention Suggestions For Parents

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Does your family own several electronic devices like many other modern-day families? If so, you could be placing yourselves at risk for eye strain. Perhaps you limit the amount of time your children are allowed to use computers and other devices. This is a good practice, but more can be done to reduce the chances of eye strain occurring. The following suggestions can help you to begin putting into practice some simple techniques to protect your family. 

Posture

Sitting slouched over and close to a computer screen could cause eye strain and fatigue. Instead, encourage members of your family to use good posture when seated at a computer. You can reduce the chances of slouching occurring by investing in a computer desk and office style chair that allows height adjustment.

If you notice that one of your family members continues to get close to the screen, determine whether it is a matter of ergonomics or whether they are having problems seeing the screen. For example, a smaller child might resort to sitting closer to the screen than teens and adults due to the height of a computer desk or chair. You could correct this issue by ensuring that a desk and chair of the appropriate height are available or ensuring that everyone knows how to raise and lower an adjustable chair. Family members who are getting closer to the screen because they cannot see it when practicing good posture could have a vision issue and should see a doctor to determine if glasses are needed. 

Eye Protection

Investing in computer glasses is another way to protect the eyes of family members. These specialty glasses are available in prescription and non-prescription options. They can reduce blurred vision, eye strain and poor posture positions such as slouching. If your budget does not allow for you to invest in computer glasses, encourage your family members to keep a distance of 16 to 13 inches between their eyes and monitors and other screens. 

Upgrade Old Equipment

Older devices and low-resolution monitors may cause eye strain. If your budget allows, upgrade to equipment with high-resolution LCD screens. If this is not possible, ensure that your family knows the 20-20-20 rule, which is every 20 minutes look 20 feet away from the screen for at least 20 seconds.

A family vision care center is the best resource to use for vision-related concerns. They can offer more suggestions for safe and efficient use of electronic devices. You could also benefit from choosing a family vision care center because it will allow you to get everyone in your family's eyes tested annually at the same time, which will reduce the chances of a family member's annual eye exam being forgotten. For more information, contact a local business like Coffman Optical.

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