Computer Vision Syndrome Threatens Returning Students
Computer Vision Syndrome
Children heading back to school are at risk for developing Computer Vision Syndrome, which leaves them vulnerable to problems like dry eye, eyestrain and fatigue.
According to VSP Vision Care, nearly half of U.S. children spend four hours a day or more using computers or other portable electronic devices.
The AOA's 2007 American Eye-Q(TM) survey, which identifies attitudes and behaviors of Americans regarding eye care and various related issues, showed that only 16 percent of respondents are "very" or "extremely" worried that their children may damage their eyes by prolonged use of computers/portable electronic devices.
"Computer use is an increasing source of vision problems, and children may experience many of the same symptoms as adults. Too much time in front of a computer screen can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches," said Dr. Leonard Press, optometrist and AOA's Vision & Learning Specialist. "However, some unique aspects of how children use computers may make them even more susceptible than adults to these problems."
According to the AOA, parents should consider these issues concerning children's use of computers:
-- Children have a limited degree of self-awareness. Prolonged activity without a significant break can cause eye focusing problems and eye irritation.