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Screen Time: An Ever-Growing Epidemic

screen-time-an-ever-growing-epidemic.jpgscreen-time-an-ever-growing-epidemic.jpgAs technology continues to invade everyday life, it seems nearly impossible to escape the glow of a digital screen. From signing into the doctor’s office on an iPad to ordering fast food from a kiosk in the restaurant, digital devices are everywhere. Even grade schools and middle schools are beginning to incorporate devices in their curriculums, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for the barrage of media and devices. Jim Gaffigan spoke on this subject for CBS news, saying, “Screens are a part of our lives. They are not going away.”

Screen Usage Data

screen-time-an-ever-growing-epidemic-1.jpgscreen-time-an-ever-growing-epidemic-1.jpgRecent Nielsen reports show that Americans spend nearly 11 hours a day consuming media from several digital devices, and the number of devices continues to grow. In the last 20 years, we’ve gone from clunky desktops to sleek, microcomputers that fit in our pockets. Over 80% of US adults have a smartphone, and though the Nielsen report shows just under 2 hours of usage a day consuming media on the phone, it does not include activities like texting or taking pictures. This could add significant time to the report.

While phones are probably the most easily accessible digital device, the copious amount of options for us to choose from is astounding. TV and radio continue to be the most popular way for Americans to consume media, with 94% of adults owning an HD TV and spending about 4.5 hours a day watching it. Other devices like tablets, laptop and desktop computers, and gaming consoles add to the lengthy times spent on digital devices.

Kids and Screens

Children are imitating adult screen habits, increasing their hours spent with digital devices over the years. In a recent study, children under 2 years old were shown to spend about 42 minutes with screen media, children ages 2-4 spend about 2 hours and 40 minutes with screen media, and children ages 5-8 spend almost 3 hours with screen media a day.

The older they get, the more time they begin to spend with Little-girl-in-front-of-iPad-300x212.jpgLittle-girl-in-front-of-iPad-300x212.jpgtheir devices. US kids ages 8-12 (tweens) spend 6 hours a day consuming media, while kids 13-18 (teens) consume media for about 9 hours a day. Consuming media includes watching TV, playing video games, listening to music, and checking social media. In fact, some teens were recorded checking social media 100 times a day! This is the country’s average and it’s growing. The growth may be somewhat related to the accessibility, with 67% of teens having a smartphone and 53% of tweens having a tablet.

Let’s Put This Into Perspective

Considering that most teens spend less than 9 hours asleep, the amount of time spent consuming media is quite shocking. Again, this doesn’t include taking pictures or texting, which could add substantial time to their weekly device consumption. As far as adults go, a typical 168-hour week may look something like this:

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This leaves a measly 8 hours a week for things like spending time with family and friends, exercising, housing maintenance (cleaning, laundry, minor repairs, etc.), reading and learning, religious events, and other activities that add value to our lives.

How Can We Improve?

These numbers are baffling, and while we know that modifications need to be made, many Americans admit that their habits are unlikely to change. Monitoring children when they are young can help develop better habits as they age. Reducing screen time not only leaves more time for enriching activities like family time and physical activity, but for kids, it’s been shown to improve sleep, school performance, behavior, and overall health. Like other lifestyle changes, instant improvements are unrealistic. It will take serious dedication to make these kinds of alterations.

Sources

  1. Christakis, Dimitri A. “Internet Addiction: a 21 St Century Epidemic?” BMC Medicine, BioMed Central Ltd, 18 Oct. 2010, bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1741-7015-8-61.
  2. Wiecha, Jean L., et al. “Household Television Access: Associations With Screen Time, Reading, and Homework Among Youth.” ScienceDirect, Elsevier Science Inc., 7 Dec. 2005, sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1530156705600548.
  3. Stark, Hazel. “Screen Time Is Becoming an Epidemic for Kids (and Everyone). Here’s a Way Out.” Matador Network, Matador Network, 31 July 2017, matadornetwork.com/life/screen-time-becoming-epidemic-kids-everyone-heres-way/.
  4. Hunt, Angie. “Limiting Screen Time Improves Sleep, Academics and Behavior, ISU Study Finds.” Iowa State University, University Relations, 31 Mar. 2014, news.iastate.edu/news/2014/03/31/parentalmonitoring.
  5. Gaffigan, Jim. “Jim Gaffigan Touches on the Prevalence of Screens.” CBS News, CBS Interactive Inc., 30 Dec. 2018, cbsnews.com/news/jim-gaffigan-touches-on-the-prevalence-of-screens/.
  6. Howard, Jacqueline. “Americans at More than 10 Hours a Day on Screens.” CNN, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., 29 July 2016, cnn.com/2016/06/30/health/americans-screen-time-nielsen/index.html.
  7. Wallace, Kelly. “Teens Spend 9 Hours a Day Using Media, Report Says.” CNN, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., 3 Nov. 2015, cnn.com/2015/11/03/health/teens-tweens-media-screen-use-report/index.html.
  8. “The Total Audience Report: Q1 2016.” Nielsen, The Nielsen Company (US), LLC., 27 June 2016, nielsen.com/us/en/insights/reports/2016/the-total-audience-report-q1-2016.html.
  9. Rasmussen, Eric. “Screen Time and Kids: Insights from a New Report.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, 19 Oct. 2017, pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2017/10/screen-time-kids-insights-new-report/.
  10. Photo on Visual hunt
  11. Photo credit: rawpixel.com on Visual Hunt / CC BY

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Help Your Kids Get the Most Out of Their Eye Vitamin

help-your-kids-get-the-most-out-of-their-eye-vitamin.pnghelp-your-kids-get-the-most-out-of-their-eye-vitamin.pngHere are 4 tips on for helping your child get the most out of their eye vitamin every day!
Giving eye vitamins to your child every day to improve and protect their eye health is a big commitment. These tips will help them get the most out of them.

  1. Give them the full dose. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to give your child the full recommended dose. It’s tempting to give them half a dose to make the product last longer, but you’re risking them only getting half the guaranteed benefits of the eye vitamin.
  2. Children can take EyePromise® Screen Shield™ Teen with a multi-vitamin. EyePromise eye vitamins (except AREDS 2 Plus with Multi-Vitamin) are designed to be taken with a multi-vitamin. So, if your child takes a multi-vitamin, don’t worry about them doubling up on nutrients.
  3. Children should take them with a meal. Most vitamins come in two forms: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water and are then absorbed by the body. Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve and are stored in fat and are absorbed best by the body with food. EyePromise eye vitamins are fat-soluble, so be sure they’re taken with a meal. Taking eye vitamins with a meal also helps avoid an upset stomach.
  4. Store in an appropriate place. Store at room temperature: 50º-77º F (15º-25º C). Do not expose to excessive heat.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact our Customer Support team! You can chat with them in the chat box on the right side of the screen or call them at 1-866-598-2983.

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What the Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids

what-the-screen-time-experts-do-with-their-own-kids.pngwhat-the-screen-time-experts-do-with-their-own-kids.pngDoctors have a rough time dragging their children away from screens, too! They have a few tips on how to find balance. 

Dr. Jenny Radesky is the lead author of the most recent revision of the guidelines on media and children from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The mother of two young boys says her household is anything but tech-averse. They have a flatscreen TV, smartphones, and an array of other digital devices strung around their home.

How does this doctor with two young children keep them from spending large amounts of their days glued to these screens? It’s hard. As a doctor, she says she may be more prone to distraction than her husband is.

“My husband’s really good. His stuff (digital devices) is always just on the kitchen counter and he hardly checks it unless it rings. But if I’m on call, I have my pager on. If something is an emergency, that’s how I can be found.”

Research shows that many children learn how to regulate their own screen time by watching their parents.

Eric Rasmussen at Texas Tech believes that parents vastly underestimate their influence on their kids regarding screen time. “Parents are the biggest influence on kids in how they respond to media. Especially in the first 12 years. People are starting to realize that.”

Screen Time Ground Rules and Tips

Weekdays

In Dr. Radesky’s home, the kids have a “no media on weekdays” rule since they started school. At dinner and bedtime, they completely unplug from all devices. But, Radesky says that they all sit down for a family movie night on Fridays. She calls it “joint media engagement” in her research. By sharing screen time, you make it a family activity and can help your children interpret media.

Weekends

On the weekends, Dr. Radesky says she and her husband allow the kids cartoons, apps, and games like Minecraft. Beyond limiting their time on these digital devices, she says, “I try to help my older son be aware of the way he reacts to video games or how to interpret the information we find online.”

More Tips from Dr. Radesky

For Children Ages 18-24 Months

  • Avoid digital media use (except video-chatting) in children younger than 18 to 24 months.

  • For children ages 18 to 24 months of age, if you want to introduce digital media, choose high-quality programming and use media together with your child. Avoid solo media use in this age group.

  • Do not feel pressured to introduce technology early; interfaces are so intuitive that children will figure them out quickly once they start using them at home or in school.

Children Ages 2-5 Years Old

  • For children 2 to 5 years of age, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programming, co-view with your children, help children understand what they are seeing, and help them apply what they learn to the world around them.

  • Avoid fast-paced programs (young children do not understand them as well), apps with lots of distracting content, and any violent content.

Children of All Ages

  • Turn off televisions and other devices when not in use.

  • Avoid using media as the only way to calm your child. Although there are intermittent times (e.g. medical procedures, airplane flights) when media is useful as a soothing strategy, there is concern that using media as a strategy to calm could lead to problems with limit setting or the inability of children to develop their own emotion regulation. Ask your pediatrician for help if needed.

  • Monitor children’s media content and what apps are used or downloaded. Test apps before the child uses them, play together, and ask the child what he or she thinks about the app.

  • Keep bedrooms, mealtimes, and parent-child playtimes screen free for children and parents. Parents can set a “do not disturb” option on their phones during these times.

  • No screens 1 hour before bedtime, and remove devices from bedrooms before bed.

Learn more about screen time and kids here!

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Eye Floaters in the Vitreous: A Guide by Natural Eye Care

eye-floaters-in-the-vitreous-a-guide-by-natural-eye-care.jpgHave you ever noticed specks or clouds in your field of vision? They are most likely eye floaters. Floaters can look like cobwebs, blobs, dots, or little insects that float around. Eye floaters can be semi-transparent or darker. If you have them, they are more noticeable in certain lighting conditions, such as bright sunlight. You might not notice them at all unless you are looking for them.

While floaters might seem to be on the lens, they are actually in the back of the eye. They are tiny clumps of protein in the vitreous fluid. The vitreous fluid is a gelatinous substance located between the iris and retina. This fluid keeps the shape of the back of the eye.

An eye doctor can see floaters by shining a light into the eye during an exam. Dilating drops are used to keep the iris open.

Floaters have many possible causes. The sudden appearance of floaters can indicate an emergency eye problem. Most of the time, they have an innocuous cause and may not require treatment. If they interfere with vision or disturb the patient, treatment may be necessary.

Note: Certain vitreous anomalies may be experienced as floaters, but they can be quite serious. Apparent “floaters” may indicate retinal detachments, retinal tears, or broken blood vessels. Another symptom that may appear is “flashes” – sudden flashes of light, similar to lightning. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your eye doctor right away.

Causes of Floaters

  • Aging is the most common cause. Starting at around age 50, the vitreous starts to liquefy and/or clump. This pulls on the retina, releasing connective tissue into the vitreous gel. More than half of people over age 70 see floaters.
  • A “Weiss Ring” looks like a large floater in the shape of a ring, letter J, or letter C. It indicates that the vitreous is separating from the retina. This floater is usually harmless, but may result in a retinal tear. Many seniors develop a Weiss ring due to the aging process.
  • A common cause of floaters is head trauma and eye trauma. Car accidents, blows to the head, and injuries to the eyes can cause debris to break free in the vitreous.
  • A pregnant woman experiences hormonal changes that makes her prone to floaters.
  • A baby can be born with them. These are the remnants of blood vessels in the eyes that did not dissolve properly during gestation.
  • A person with diabetes is prone to weak capillaries in the eyes. If they leak blood, the clots can appear as floaters in the vitreous fluid.
  • Having nearsightedness increases the likelihood of getting floaters. Myopia makes the eye pull constantly on the retina.
  • According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, they may be seen as a result of kidney and spleen imbalances, liver meridian imbalances, and/or colon congestion.
  • A viral infection, such as ocular herpes or cytomegalovirus, can cause vitritis. A side-effect is floaters.
  • When the uvea at the back of the eye becomes inflamed, floaters may result. Uveitis has many causes.
  • After cataract surgery, the patient may experience complications resulting in floaters.
  • Certain prescription drugs list floaters as a side-effect.
  • Floaters might indicate vitreous detachment, retinal detachments, retinal tears, or broken blood vessels. These need to be checked by an eye doctor.
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Leaky gut syndrome or other inflammatory gastro-intestinal issues.

Prognosis

eye-floaters-in-the-vitreous-a-guide-by-natural-eye-care-1.jpgThe prognosis for floaters is generally “learn to live with it.” However, new or many floaters should get examined by an eye doctor just to rule out such issues as retinal tears or detachments.

Floaters that appear suddenly may indicate a retinal tear, retinal detachment, vitreous detachment, or broken blood vessel. They may be accompanied by flashes of light. Some of these conditions are medical emergencies, particularly if associated with any change or loss of vision. Seek immediate medical attention and follow up with the doctor as needed. The eye doctor may be able to treat the underlying condition and restore vision health. For example, a detached retina might need a vitrectomy, scleral buckle, laser surgery, and/or pneumatic retinopexy. Surgery may be needed if it is a complete retinal detachment.

If the cause of floaters is not an urgent malfunction, sometimes they resolve on their own.

However, most of the time, floaters are here to stay. They are considered a minor nuisance unless the patient is bothered by them. Sometimes the brain has difficulty filtering out visual noise. Sometimes there are so many, vision is significantly obscured. The patient may develop depressive symptoms related to obscured vision and frustration. In these cases, the doctor may consider treatment.

Standard Treatments for Floaters

When floaters impact the quality of life, a few standard treatments have proven useful.

Vitrectomy involves removing the vitreous gel. The surgeon replaces the gel with silicon oil or gas. However, this procedure is considered a last resort. Vitrectomy has a high risk of complications including retinal tears and retinal detachment. Replacing the vitreous fluid typically results in a cataract. Therefore, try complementary approaches before getting a vitrectomy unless it is an emergency.

Laser treatment for floaters depends on the location and type of the debris. This treatment carries few risks. However, laser treatment for floaters is generally not very effective. Laser is not currently a standard treatment for floaters.

Complementary Approaches to Floaters Support and Prevention

Eye health is a reflection of the entire body’s health. Reducing stress, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and supplementing support wellness. Phagocytes are found in the vitreous, placed there by the body. Phagocytes are part of the immune system. They help break down debris in the vitreous. This is one way to for the body to try to resolve the eye floaters, but it takes time. There is no circulation in the vitreous, so it is based on the slow movement of fluids that go in and out.

Natural ways to try to accelerate the process are found in Traditional Chinese Medicine (innervating the Liver energy – see ReVision Formula below). Homeopathic medicine can also be helpful (see below: Floater Homeopathic Pellets).

Keeping the vitreous and retina healthy reduces the chances of getting new floaters. This is especially true for seniors.

Specific Complementary Approaches

  • The body produces hyaluronic acid daily to lubricate joints and help heal tissues. The vitreous contains significant amounts of hyaluronic acid. Seniors produce less and less hyaluronan as they age.
  • Seniors often take glucosamine to lubricate and protect the joints. Glucosamine might also reduce how quickly the lining of the vitreous sac breaks down.
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors. Ultraviolet light from the sun encourages changes to the vitreous that leads to floaters.
  • Vitamin C is useful for eliminating waste and neutralizing oxidization. Citric acid improves lymph and blood circulation. Take no more than 1,500 mg per day if you have floaters. Too much vitamin C can reduce absorption of other nutrients and actually increase floaters.
  • Take a balance of calcium to prosperous. An imbalance can contribute to floaters. Also make sure you are getting enough chromium.
  • Homeopathy: Floater Homeopathic Pellets contain very tiny amounts of physostigma, phosphorus, silica, and other substances. According to the principles of homeopathy, these ingredients mitigate floaters temporarily.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: A liver tonic containing milk thistle and dandelion is the classic remedy. The ReVision formula contains these herbs plus Rambling Powder, ginger, eyebright, bilberry, gingko and more. These wild-crafted herbal drops are taken by mouth. They support circulation, encourage the movement of energy, and mitigates stress effects. ReVision formula is part of the Vitreous Support Package.
  • Vitreous Support Package: At Natural Eye Care, we have developed a package to support the gelatinous vitreous where floaters appear. The package is a combination of vitamins, minerals, Hyaluronic acid, and herbs. It comes in a 1-month or 3-month supply. The package includes Dr. Grossman’s flagship supplement, Advanced Eye & Vision Support Formula. Hyaluronic acid helps compensate for lower production of this crucial molecule in seniors. We selected a vitamin C complex from 8 sources with bioflavonoids. Plus, our ReVision formula harnesses Traditional Chinese Medicine to address floaters.

Preventing Floaters

Taking good care of your overall health, staying active and eating a healthy diet are your first lines of defense against floaters. Unlike in action movies, blows to the head can have long-lasting effects. Wear a helmet when playing impact sports and cycling, and avoid head injuries whenever possible. Drive at or below the speed limit to reduce the impact of any crashes.

Weigh the benefits and risks of eye surgery. Discuss with your doctor the likelihood that you will develop floaters from an eye surgery. Ask how serious they are likely to be. Chances are that they would be a minor nuisance versus improved vision from the surgery.

As you age, taking supplements may compensate for vitreous shrinkage and reduced production of hyaluronic acid.

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New Year Resolutions for Vision Health

new-year-resolutions-for-vision-health.jpgAs the New Year approaches, resolve to improve your vision health. Dr. Marc Grossman and Michael Edson, co-authors of Natural Eye Care 2nd Edition, developed this checklist of New Year resolutions for vision health. Pick one or more resolution. Regardless of your age, you can reduce your risk of developing eye disease. Eye disease such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma are prevalent in seniors. A few simple steps can help preserve the precious gift of sight.

  • Schedule an annual eye exam. Even if you do not wear glasses, eye disease can creep up on you. Glaucoma often goes noticed until permanent damage sets in. Seniors should never skip an exam.
  • Exercise. If you add nothing else to your lifestyle, focus on getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Walking is the most basic, it’s free, and it only requires a pair of sneakers. However, you should also add more vigorous exercise. See our article, “What’s Your Daily Dose of Exercise.”
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking constricts blood vessels. The eye contains very tiny blood vessels and capillaries that are vulnerable to the smallest changes. Smoking introduces vast amounts of oxidization into the body. Oxidizing molecules attack the microscopic structures of the eye, leading to macular degeneration, cataracts, and a host of other eye diseases.
  • Control blood sugar. If you have any form of diabetes, control your blood sugar meticulously. Do not ration insulin. People with Type II diabetes, or pre-diabetes, need to discuss with their doctor how to manage their weight, nutrition, and exercise program.
  • Try the Mediterranean Diet. People areas around the Mediterranean Ocean developed this way of eating. It emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, raw olive oil, lean proteins, and fish. Health-damaging process foods, excessive fats, fried foods, and processed sugar are limited. Our modified Vision Diet places special emphasis on eye health.
  • Wear Sunglasses. Whenever you are out in the sun or driving on a bright day, wear UV protecting sunglasses. The ultraviolet light of the sun contributes to oxidization, leading to cataracts, macular degeneration, floaters, and more.
  • Supplement if necessary. The eye is made from nutrients. However, seniors have lower caloric needs and absorb nutrients less efficiently. They face an uphill battle in getting the antioxidants and nutrients needed to fight eye disease. The Natural Eye Care website offers vitamins, minerals, herbs, oils, Chinese herbs, homeopathics, and special formulations designed to combat eye disease.

Happy New Year from all of us at Natural Eye Care. May this year be bright!

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Could the Bimatoprost Ring Replace Glaucoma Drops?

could-the-bimatoprost-ring-replace-glaucoma-drops.jpg A new medicated ring could replace drops for open-angle glaucoma patients. Impregnated with the glaucoma drug Bimatoprost, the flexible ring is inserted under the eyelids. The Bimatoprost Ring works for six months, delivering pressure-reducing medication directly to the eye. Glaucoma patients currently depend on medicated drops, multiple times per day, to control their condition. Up to half of glaucoma patients do not use their drops correctly. Therefore, a long-acting medicated glaucoma ring could improve their prognosis.

High Pressure

Glaucoma is an eye disease marked by high intraocular pressure. Most glaucoma patients have too much pressure build up in the eye. High intra-ocular pressure (IOP) damages the optic nerve, stealing sight. Glaucoma is especially prevalent in seniors.
Drops are the standard treatment for glaucoma. While the disease has no cure, regular application of pressure-reducing eye drops slows down glaucoma’s progression. The drops can cause blurred vision and sting for a short time. Patients sometimes forget to use them at the right times. They may skip doses to save money, wait on refills, or forget to take them. A lack of symptoms in early glaucoma cases may demotivate patients.

could-the-bimatoprost-ring-replace-glaucoma-drops-1.jpgAvoiding activities that increase intraocular pressure, such as headstands and improper weight training, also helps. Additionally, nutrition, exercise, herbs, homeopathics, and vitamins have shown promise in reducing glaucoma symptoms.

Hidden Bimatoprost Ring

The Bimatoprost ring is made from silicone and measures approximately one inch in diameter. An ophthalmologist uses a small tool to insert the Bimatoprost ring under the eyelids, into the ocular fornix around each affected eye. This takes moments and causes little discomfort. Patients report that they cannot feel the ring after a few days. Once installed, a tiny part of the ring is barely visible in the corner of the eye.

The ring has sustained-release delivery, which is superior to drops. Placing a ring set atop the eyeball is non-invasive. Research showed that the Bimatoprost ring lowered eye pressure by approximately 20% while it was in place.

The Bimatoprost ring should be on the market soon, assuming it passes all tests. Rings for other eye medications may follow in the future.

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How Much Screen Time Is Okay for My Kids?

how-much-screen-time-is-okay-for-my-kids.jpghow-much-screen-time-is-okay-for-my-kids.jpgWhether it’s taking the iPad away from a 3-year-old or asking a 14-year-old to get off Instagram for dinner, parents today engage in an ever-raging battle over screen time with their kids. Some kids even complain about their eyes feeling sore or tired, yet they’re still glued to their screens. Here are 5 tips to help reduce the impact of excessive screen time discomfort.

Tip 1 – Are They Complaining About Sore, Tired Eyes?

Because children’s eyes are still developing, eye strain caused by screen time often has kids complaining. Vision Source claims headaches, neck and back pain, eye dryness and fatigue, blurry vision, and difficulty shifting focus to objects at a distance are all symptoms of eye strain. Once you connect the dots to their symptoms and their screen time, you can help make decisions about how much screen time is too much screen time – and how you can help them find balance.

Tip 2 – Limit At-Home Screen Time

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided the following screen time recommendations:

  • For children younger than 18 months, avoid using screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing.
  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen time to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity, and other behaviors essential to health.

Studies imply that, on average, the more time children spend outside, the lower their risk of developing myopia, or nearsightedness. Screen time can be tough on developing eyes.

 Tip 3 – Remind Children to Take Breaks

This can be tough to enforce, but making sure your kids take screen time breaks is important. Kids can be oblivious to how many hours they’re actually spending in front of the TV or on your phone, so breaks are crucial to their eye health. In fact, kids are more likely to have uncorrected problems with their vision because they often assume that everyone sees the way they do. This can further contribute to eye strain, especially after prolonged exposure to digital screens.

Also, the 20/20/20 rule comes in handy not only for kids but for adults as well! The 20/20/20 rule goes like this: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away from the screen in front of you/your child for 20 seconds. This gives eyes a much-needed break.

Tip 4 – Take Children to an Eye Doctor

You may not think of taking your kids to an optometrist, especially if they’re not showing signs of having any eye issues, but think again. According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, approximately 35 percent of American preschoolers have nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness, or astigmatism. Also, the risk of myopia and progression of myopia continues through the school years. The American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required.

Tip 5 – Befriend Zeaxanthin

Zeaxanthin (zee-uh-zan-thin) is a potent nutrient that acts as a powerful barrier between your source of vision in the back of the eye and harmful oxidants that can damage your long-term vision. This nutrient can also protect vision from the effects prolonged screen time can have on your kids’ vision. We’re all born with certain levels of zeaxanthin, but the body cannot produce it on its own – which means we have to eat foods that contain this nutrient or take eye vitamins that do.

Learn more about zeaxanthin here! 

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