Tips for helping your child's eye health

With more and more learning going digital, students are increasingly using screens to study. It's more important than ever to prioritise your child’s eyes.

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What could impact a student's eye health?

Although some eye-related symptoms like blurriness or eye strain may go away once school's over, if your child experiences these regularly it can be cause for concern. It's always recommended that you seek advice from an eye care professional and to get a comprehensive eye test, which can help identify potential problems and consider available options.

  • Too much time in front of a computer, tablet, and/or phone
  • Glare from a computer screen
  • Studying in poor light conditions
  • Lack of blinking

  • Poor diet
  • Not enough sleep
  • Uncorrected vision problems

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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.

Practice blinking

Your 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, and too little light 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. Crafts, painting, trips to the park, play a board game or playing outdoors.

Strengthen sleep habits

Begin to limit screen time at least an hour before bed. The light from devices can interfere with a body’s sleep-wake cycle.

Exercise your eyes

Lunch is also a great time to exercise your eyes by looking at objects at varying distances for at least 20 seconds - for extra points, blink 20 times!

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§6 Ways to Be Proactive About Your Child's Eye Health - Johns Hopkins Medicine

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