Back-to-School Eye Health

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Story Updated: Aug 4, 2014

Kids may still be focused on having fun in the sun but the back-to-school countdown has begun. Experts from the American Optometric Association caution that when classes resume and a child's gaze turns back to computers a daily diet of technology can easily spell long-term eye trouble. It's called "digital eye strain" a condition brought on by excessive exposure to electronic devices. In fact, an Association survey suggests that more than 80% of kids between 10 and 17 now spend more than 3 hours a day consuming the high-energy blue and violet glow of high-tech gadgetry. The result: a constellation of headaches, blurred vision, a loss of focus, and the onset of fatigue. To lower risk, optometrists suggest the 20-20-20 rule: a 20-second technology break every 20 minutes in order to refocus on an object 20 feet away. Frequent blinking is also helpful as is increasing on-screen font size and matching room luminosity to screen luminosity. And experts from the AOA also stress that nothing replaces an annual back-to-school eye exam to ensure optimal vision all year long.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.

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