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.
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A child’s vision may change frequently during the school year without the student or parent noticing. Vision includes a child’s eyesight, the need for a prescription as well as visual skills such as focusing, eye coordination, fine eye movements and more. Academic success requires many different moving parts, and one of these important but often overlooked aspects is vision.
Take this FBISD school holiday on Friday to have your child’s eyes checked especially if he/she shows some of the following symptoms: avoidance of reading, excessive rubbing or blinking of eyes, short attention span, headaches, loses place often while reading, difficulty remembering what has just been read, holding materials too closely, words seem to move on the page, seeing double, uses finger to maintain place while reading, reads very slowly, skips or omits words when reading, poor reading comprehension, print appears to go in and out of focus, eyes hurt or feel tired after only a few minutes of reading, makes errors while copying, crooked or poorly spaced writing, feels unusually tired after reading, re-reads words or sentences, unusual head posture when reading or doing near-work, eyes become watery or red when reading.