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Managing Self Isolation & Your Kids Eye Health

by Lana Arnold on March 26, 2020

Self isolation and screen time for kids Exercising good vision is vital when your kids are growing and changing rapidly. As we watch our little explorers growing each day, we forget their vision is changing too. Whether your kids wear glasses or not, they must exercise their eyes and here is why and how.

With some parents now taking on the extra role of homeschooling and managing self isolation, I'm sure plenty of us will be turning to online support that can assist us to help our kids learn, I know that I will be! Like all screen time, we need to keep in mind the effect this can be having on our children's eyes and their long-term eye health.

First, there are two common questions to debunk:


Can Screens Cause Myopia (near-sightedness)? 

While there is not a widely accepted position on this, what is clear is that you need to exercise your eyes to maintain good eye health.  So if you’re only looking at close-up objects, be that a screen or textbook we know that this is a cause of eye strain and fatigue.

My Kids Use Blue Light Filter Lenses, Doesn’t That “Fix” Everything Screen Related?

Blue Light filters may help to reduce eye strain and fatigue that’s associated with the light that is emitted by devices like iPad, computer monitors and even the natural blue light from the sun. But it is not a remedy for exercise, and for that our kids will need to follow three simple tips:

The 20-20-20 rule. This is a great and easy one to remember that's perfect for kids and adults alike.  

Every 20 minutes look 20 feet (6 meters) away, for 20 seconds - if your kids are working indoors, then ask them to look to each corner of the room or out the window.

Approved eye-rolling. If your kids aren't eye-rolling enough while being home-schooled, then get them to do some intentional eye movement in different ways. 

3-5 ways clockwise and then anti-clockwise.  Then look up high without moving their head, and also down in the same way. 

Get outside. Get your kids outside and away from screens for a while. 

  • Lie in the shade and look at the clouds. 

  • Fly a kite

  • Outdoor treasure hunt  

If you’re worried about your child's eye and vision it's important you see a GP or an eye care professional immediately, it is recommended to have your kid’s eyes checked every 12 months.

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