GADGET ADDICTION

Growing up in this digital age, it’s common to see children with their eyes glued to the TV screen or other digital devices. Although this may seem “normal” nowadays, too much exposure to the blue light emitted from gadgets may cause adverse effects on their visual health. Your trusted eye doctor from Myopia Institute explains how the persistent use of technology affects your children’s vision.

Younger and younger children are more engaged with technology and the internet and we need to be mindful of that and set boundaries from the beginning of life.

Life With Gadget

Aggresive Behaviour

Children are more likely to display aggressive behaviour. Children naturally model what they see.

Loss Concentration

Have less energy & harder time concentrating in school.

Child-parent Interaction Reduced

The time spent with screens comes at the expense of other, potentially better, activities.Younger children, in particular, need a balance of activities, socialising with other children and grown-ups. The rise in screen use means less of all these things.

Disrupt Sleep

The blue light emitted by the super-sharp displays can interfere with our natural bodily rhythms, preventing melatonin, an important sleep hormone, from being released. This, in turn, can lead to sleep impairments in children.

SIGN OF EYE AND VISION PROBLEMS

Sitting close to the TV or
holding a book too close

Squinting

Covering eyes

Frequently rubbing
their eyes

Sensitivity to light

GUIDELINES

Babies
younger than 18 months
Avoid use of screen media other than
video chatting (with family member)

Toddlers
18 to 24 months
Choose high quality programming.
Parents should watch it with their children to help them understand
what they are seeing.

Kids
2 to 5 years old
Limit screen use to one hour per
day, and to high-quality programmes.
Parents should co-view with children.

Preschoolers
6 to 10 years old
Place consistent limits on time
spent using media, the types
of media and ensure it does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical
activity and other behaviour
essential to health.

Protect Your Child's Vision