As the presence of technology increases, so do the chances for your child’s vision to worsen. Many kids today are experiencing visual fatigue due to their increased viewing of digital screens, also known as digital fatigue. According to The National Eye Institute, nearsightedness has increased by 66 percent since the 1970s, a problem that is undeniably linked to the usage of video games.
Not only are children spending too much time in front of these digital screens, they are sitting too close to the screens as well, leading to visual fatigue. Ophthalmologists recommend the 20-20-20 rule – take a break once every 20 minutes and focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This can alleviate eyestrain. Spending time outdoors in natural light relaxes the eyes and can substantially relieve visual fatigue as well.