Smartphones and Children

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Smartphones affect your child more than you might think. Watch this interesting report from NBC 26 in Green Bay, Wisconsin on the effects of smartphones on children.

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Blue Light Protection Link

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Scientists from the University of Toledo have discovered a reason behind why blue light damages retinal cells. Blue light activates a specific protein in the back of the eye. Activating this protein is like pressing a start button that initiates a chain of events that eventually leads to cell death. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk for macular degeneration.

Blue light protection should safeguard against ALL areas of blue light risk. A patient of ours recently told us about a colleague of his who was excited about his new blue light protection. This patient wanted to know whether this was something that he should try. We helped him look up the technical data of his friend’s blue light protection. His friend’s blue light protection only provided coverage for about 20% of the blue light range whereas what he was using with us provided safety against the entire range without sacrificing performance. Not all blue light protection is the same.

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and the Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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Smartphones in School

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A number of clinical studies indicate that people hold their smartphones closer to themselves than they would printed materials. The decreased distance increases strain on the focusing and eye coordination systems. Strain on the focusing and eye coordination systems has been shown to adversely affect reading, writing and learning.

Schools often encourage students to use their handheld technology to learn. In students who may already have an undiagnosed focusing and/or eye coordination dysfunction, this emphasis on handheld technology may actually be impeding their learning. Additionally, light emitted from digital devices increases eyestrain regardless of whether the user suffers from focusing and/or eye coordination dysfunction.

The solution is not to ban digital technology. In fact, these technologies can be helpful in many ways. Similar to taking the proper precautions when driving a motor vehicle, taking proactive steps when using digital devices is wise. Use these 3 checks to insure that your child is getting the most out of his/her technology for learning: 1) Check that he/she is using the most current prescription for viewing distance and near materials, 2) Check whether he/she is suffering from undiagnosed focusing and/or eye coordination problems if your child is struggling at school, and 3) Check that he/she is using the proper optical protection when in front of a digital device.

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and the Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

References available upon request.

Medical Disclaimer. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only.

Smartphones

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Smartphones emit the highest amount of harmful blue light in a comparison of digital devices. The red curve in the graph represents smartphones. Blue light has been associated with increased risk for eye disorders and sleep disorders.

According to the 2016 Nielsen Company Audience Report, adults spend more than 10 hours per day using smartphones, tablets, personal computers, video games, DVDs, DVRs and/or TVs. Teens spend almost 9 hours per day consuming digital media according to the 2015 Common Sense Media Census. Tweens, between the ages of 8 and 12 years, spend approximately 6 hours every day interacting with digital media. Even children under the age of 8 years spend approximately 2 hours in front of a screen according to the same census.

Needless to say, blue light is a common environmental hazard that would benefit from proactive precautionary protection.

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Fong and the Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

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Medical Disclaimer. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only.

Overlooked Risks at School

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Aside from backpacks, pencils, papers and other school supplies, have you also provided protection for your child from the long-term environmental dangers lurking in classrooms and hallways? Digital light and energy-efficient lighting in schools increase risks for macular degeneration, eyestrain, sleep disturbances and cataracts. Clinical studies, in fact, indicate that children absorb more of this harmful light. Symptoms of eyestrain include sore and irritated eyes and difficulty focusing.

For more information, contact Dr. Edward Fong and the Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

References available upon request.

Medical Disclaimer. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only.

More Screen Time and Kids

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MORE SCREEN TIME and KIDS. Increased screen time at a young age has been associated with decreased gross motor skills development. One study reported that TV viewing at 29 months of age was associated with subsequent lower gross motor skills development at 65 months of age.

In addition, high screen time in early adolescence has been associated with more headaches and backaches. Furthermore, physical activity does not appear to improve those physical maladies. The effects of screen time on physical problems is believed to be cumulative. For more information and to have your child’s vision evaluated, contact us at http://www.brighteyeandvision.com

Screen Time For Kids

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SCREEN TIME and KIDS. Does screen time cause nearsightedness to get worse? Can you tell my son/daughter to stop playing games on his/her phone? Is screen time bad? These, and others like them, are common questions that parents ask us frequently. Follow us as we embark on a mini-series to investigate what’s true and what’s myth based on clinical research and personal experience working with many families and their children. Let others know about this. You, and they, will find it interesting and helpful. Here’s a starter:

The World Health Organization recommends that children between the ages of 5 to 17 years engage in moderate-to-vigorous exercise for one hour per day because of the health benefits to developing children. Interestingly, even this daily exercise does not reverse the negative effect of too much screen time. In a study involving over 1000 U.S. children ages 6 to 15 years of age who exercised at least 1 hour per day, more TV watching was still associated with worse physical strength.

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Excessive Smartphone Use Caused Eye-Turn

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Parents should find this next post interesting. A new study involving adolescents reported 12 cases of newly developed eye-turn due to excessive smartphone use. The study also reported a significant improvement in the eye-turn after decreasing smartphone use. This is a rare condition and is a diagnosis of exclusion. The authors of the study believed that poor near visual skills may have contributed to these 12 adolescents being more susceptible to developing an eye-turn.

Smartphone use is becoming more common. 64% of American adults now own a smartphone compared to 35% in 2011. 73% of teens have access to smartphones, and 91% go online via mobile technology daily. Mobile technology is part of the fabric of society, and this is often a good thing. At the same time, there are certain precautions, other than reducing usage time, that should be taken to protect your visual system while making the most of advancing mobile technology.

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Technology, Kids and Their Eyes

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  • 91% of kids between the ages of 2 and 17 years play video games
  • 54% of parents say that they have bought a mobile device for their child to support learning
  • Kids between the ages of 8- to 18-years old spend 53 hours per week on digital media for recreational use
  • Teachers reported that computers were used in the classroom for instruction 40% of the time
  • 21% of kids 8 years and younger use smartphones

Whether it’s for pleasure or for education, the use of digital devices among kids is prevalent.  Digital devices potentially provide multiple recreational, educational and developmental benefits.  There are, however, “two sides to every coin”.  Much like automobiles provide both “the good” (e.g. mobility) and “the bad” (e.g. pollution), the use of digital devices among children also has some potential precautions.

The effects of light from digital devices has been in the news over the past few years.  This light has been shown to: 1) adversely affect night-time sleep, 2) increase the risk for macular degeneration, 3) damage cells in the back of the eye and 4) contribute to the formation of cataracts.  In addition,  the use of digital devices has been shown to increase eyestrain and, in some children, increase the rate of nearsightedness progression.  Children, however, should not abandon the use of digital devices because of these precautions.  What this does mean, however, is that every parent should consider ways to protect their child’s eyes while while they benefit from the use of digital devices.  The use of prescription lenses that fully protect from the bandwidth of light that causes problems, checking a child’s near prescription to reduce strain and developing healthy visual habits are some ways to protect a child’s eyes in this digital world.

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