Extended Computer Use Affecting Children and Teenagers’ Eyesight

February 26th, 2016 by Dr. Spears

Computer, tablets, laptops, cell phones and even smart watches are becoming more of our lives. It should be no surprise then that they might affect your vision!

Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as Digital Eye Strain, describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of digital screen use.

Children and teenagers (ages 8-18) are spending more than 7.5 hours a day consuming electronic media which can cause blurry vision, dry and irritated eyes, headaches, neck pain and back pain. As children grow up in a digital world full of personal computers, hand-held video games, smartphones and e-readers at their disposal, they are increasing their risk of computer vision syndrome (CVS) or digital eye strain.