As children reach their teens, some of them could experience a new vision issue. This is the time in their lives when nearsightedness may be diagnosed. Social awareness, developing good self-esteem and having a comfortable middle school experience is a top priority in their world. This vision problem is usually managed by prescription eyewear and/or learning to wear contact lenses. Sportswear is also important to protect teenagers as they participate in sports and outdoor activities.
In the teen years, using computers and mobile devices can adversely affect vision. There are strategies which can manage this digital eye strain. There is a cost to this new explosion of technology and although it gives our teens a great new way to communicate, it also opens the door for them to develop digital eye strain.
Limiting screen time and making your teens aware of the dangers of prolonged use can be a huge deterrent. Some factors to consider are overuse, the angle at which the digital device is being held, and the distance (how far away from the eyes) the device is when using it. Computer glasses are available to alleviate some of the symptoms. Many of these glasses have an HEV filter to reflect harmful blue light. Ask your vision professional about this option to protect your teen’s vision.
Below are symptoms your teen should look for to determine if they may be dealing with digital eye strain:
- Blurred Vision
- Eye Fatigue
- Shoulder, neck and back pain
- Red, irritated or dry eyes
We recommend you to schedule a vision exam for your teen. The summer is an excellent time to do this to get issues taken care of before school starts again in the fall. Contact us to arrange an appointment today! We look forward to serving you.
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by Kathy Weissman
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