Support healthy sight in school
With more and more learning going digital, students are swamped with screen time. It's more important than ever to prioritize your child’s eyes.
What could impact a student's eye health?
Although many eye-related symptoms like blurriness or fatigue go away once school's over, some can be cause for concern. A comprehensive eye exam can help identify risk to the eyes.
- Too much time in front of a computer, tablet, and/or phone
- Studying in poor light conditions
- Lack of blinking
- Poor diet
- Glare on a computer screen
- Not enough sleep
- Uncorrected vision problems
Team up for healthier eyes
If your child deals with any of the above, the tips below can help them get back on track for good eye health. Depending on their age, some of these tips can be great “games” for them to try.
Blink rate drops when focused on things like books or digital devices, which can cause the eyes to become dry and itchy.
Set comfortable lighting
Sometimes overhead lighting at home or school can be harsh, but low-light rooms can also cause eye strain.
Offer healthy foods
Kids can be picky, but help fuel their eyes with a balance of grains, fruits, vegetables, protein and dairy.
Encourage screen-free time
There are lots of options. Craft, colour, go to the park, play a board game or go on a scavenger hunt.
Strengthen sleep habits
Begin to limit screen time at least an hour before bed. The light from some devices has been shown to interfere with a body’s sleep-wake cycle.
Give your eyes a break
Lunch is also a great time to exercise your eyes by looking at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds - for extra credit, blink 20 times!
Contacts can help them be at their best
*Free trial contact lenses available only from participating eye care professionals. Exam and fitting fees not included.
Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye care professional. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye care professional immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional and ask for a Patient Instruction Guide, call 1-800-267-5098, or download the Patient Instruction Guides.