Eighty-six percent of parents believe their children spend too much time playing video games. You might be one of them.
And your concerns surrounding your child’s eye health are valid.
The gaming and computing industry has been at an all-time high for the past two years. Currently, over one-third of the world’s population are active gamers. But as they’re busy engaging in their favorite pastime, what are these digital instruments doing to their eyes?
The following problems are linked to prolonged use of computers and playing games in kids.
Medical research shows that you blink 66% less while using digital screens. The side effect of that is dry eyes.
Blinking hydrates the eyes by spreading tears over the surface of your eyes. This effectively moisturizes and lubricates your eyes. Prolonged use of computers or playing video games can lead to these symptoms of dry eyes:
Itchy or dry eyes
Gritty feeling in the eye
In extreme cases, dry eyes caused by extended periods of reduced blinking can lead to permanent damage to the cornea.
Computer Vision Syndrome
According to the American Optometric Association, this is a short-term negative effect prolonged use of digital devices can have on your eyes. This condition is also known as digital eye strain.
Computer vision syndrome (CSV) is caused by several factors such as low screen contrast and glare, which cause your eyes to work harder. Since computer games are designed to keep players glued, prolonged use can cause this.
Computer vision syndrome among children can be prevented by having proper lighting to reduce glare, taking frequent breaks to rest the eyes, and blinking often.
Eye Strain or Headaches
Playing video games while looking at a computer screen requires heightened visual focus. Moreover, most games have frequent movements on the screen that often force players to refocus and move their eyes.
This overuse of the eyes can cause eye strain or headaches. Some of the signs your child might be experiencing eye strain include:
Blurred or double vision
Migraine or headache
Increased light sensitivity
Sore back, shoulders, and neck