How To Protect Your Kids Eyesight From Mobile Screens – Dr. Waseem Iqbal Gives The Answer

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Yesterday, Marham conducted a Facebook live session with Dr. Waseem Iqbal – a consultant Eye Specialist practicing in Lahore regarding the eyesight of kids and other eye-related issues. The response from the audience was tremendous and many people joined the session and asked their questions.

There has been a rapid increase in the use of computers and other digital devices by children and this was the major issue discussed in the live session. Dr. Waseem Iqbal explained the effect of the excessive use of mobile devices by children and how severely it affects the eyes of children

It can lead to headaches, eye strains, posture problems and not only in children but in adults as well. Addressing all the issues, here are the tips Dr. Waseem Iqbal gave that can help you to protect your kid’s eyesight:

1. Limit screen time:

Too much screen time affects a developing child’s brain and eyes. There should be proper moderation over the use of mobile phones in children and they should be granted a limited screen time in which they can use digital devices. On the other hand, 2-3 hours each day can be considered ample and normal time for kids in a day.

2. Take frequent breaks:

The 20/20/20 rule is what everyone should remember and follow: it means that you should look away from the screen every 20 minutes, focus on an object that is at least 20 feet away and for at least 20 seconds. Children are at a high risk of developing eye strains without realizing and this is a rule that parents should make them follow. Also, children should walk away from the mobile screen for at least 10 minutes every hour.

3. Look away:

If you stare for prolonged periods of time without blinking, it can dry your eyes out and cause eye strain. To prevent this from happening, make it a practice to regularly look away from the screen. Also, do not suppress the normal blink reflex.


4. Get Screening for eye disease:

Eye screening at the age of 5 is must for every child. Kids of all ages should get vision screening done as it may detect treatable medical problems. If your child is having blurry vision or other similar eye problems, he or she may not speak up an tell their issue. This is why regular vision screenings are really important.

5. Get the kids out of the house:

If you spend more time out of doors in early childhood, this may reduce the likelihood of becoming nearsighted later in life. Exercise helps to relieve the tension associated with the eye problems. Also, exercise is the best activity you can have your kid perform.

6. Blue Light Filter:

Most of the digital devices now come with a blue light filter option that protects your kid’s eye from hazardous effects of the screen. These eye protection filters have a great significance and you should make sure that the devices you provide to your children have this filter.

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