HOUSTON, Texas -- As millions of children begin the school year with virtual learning, ophthalmologists anticipate a rise in eye strain complaints.
Ophthalmologists say long periods of time spent in front of laptops or tablets can lead to tired, dry eyes, headaches, and blurry vision. Experts say a 20-second break from screen-time every 20 minutes can help reduce the risk of digital eye strain.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends the following tips to keep up with breaks:
AAO says ergonomics and optimizing your child's workspace is just as important as resting the eyes. Here are the organization's recommendations for adopting better posture and habits:
AAO says following this advice and making sure your child spends enough time outdoors could slow the progression of nearsightedness.