Justin Bazan, OD Park Slope Eye
(- I Care -) Your Eyes Advocate

AOA Warns Children at Risk for CVS

AOA Warns Children at Risk for CVS
According to VSP Vision Care, nearly half of U.S. children spend four or more hours a day using a computer or similar device. The American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2007 American Eye-Q survey showed that only 16% of respondents are “very” or “extremely” worried about their children damaging their eyes by prolonged use of computers and electronic portable devices. Further, 44% of parents don’t realize that behavioral problems can be an indication that a child’s vision is impaired. The AOA offers these tips for parents:
• Have your child’s vision checked before beginning school.
• Strictly enforce the amount of time that children may continuously use the computer, with a 20 second break for every 20 minutes of use.
• Check the height and arrangement of the computer, which are generally adjusted for adults.
• Check the lighting for glare on the computer screen (try holding a mirror flat against the screen to look for light sources reflecting off the screen).
• Reduce the amount of lighting in the room to match the computer.
For additional information on CVS, visit http://www.aoa.org.


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