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Children at Risk for Eye Strain Due to Growing Use of Digital Devices

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. July 20, 2011

According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children and teenagers (ages 8-18) are spending more than 7.5 hours a day consuming electronic media which can cause blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry and irritated eyes, headaches, neck pain and back pain. In addition, VSP® Vision Care optometrists recently reported that nearly one-third of their patients suffer from symptoms of CVS, including eye strain, dry or irritated eyes, fatigue and headaches.

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CVS, or digital eye strain, is a medical issue with serious symptoms that can affect learning and work productivity.  It is now the number one computer-related complaint in the U.S. – ahead of carpal-tunnel syndrome.

"The eyes function best when looking at something about 20 feet away. Looking at something close-up, like a computer game, text message or e-reader requires more focus, and over time, can lead to blurry vision, eye strain and headaches," explains Dr. Liddicoat. "Also, the eyes blink less frequently when looking at screens causing them dry out, which can result in blurriness, burning, and discomfort.  However there are easy steps parents and children can take to prevent these symptoms."

Dr. Liddicoat offers the following tips to help parents protect their kids’ eyes against over use of digital devices:

  • Eye exams

  • 20/20/20 Rule:

  • Ensure proper lighting:

  • Limit device use:

  • Working distance

  • Go outside!

About VSP Global

the United States ® Eyewear Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically-advanced eyewear and sunwear; Eyefinity ® , the eyecare industry’s premier provider of innovative business solutions that improve practice management and the patient experience; VSP Optics Group, industry leaders in new technologies, production processes, service and logistics.  

Since 1997, VSP has provided more than 622,000 low-income, uninsured children with free eyecare. VSP promotes the importance of annual eye exams for maintaining eye health and overall wellness.

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