Technology is great but one of the downsides is that if we’re not careful it can wreak our health. If you or your kids spend several hours a day at the computer or using a tablet or smartphone you should be aware of the strain and stress it cause on your eyes and back.
One of the things to look out for in you and your kids is Computer Vision Syndrome.
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a temporary condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer display for protracted, uninterrupted periods of time. Some symptoms of CVS include headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, redness in the eyes, fatigue, eye strain, dry eyes, irritated eyes, double vision, vertigo/dizziness, polyopia, and difficulty refocusing the eyes. These symptoms can be further aggravated by improper lighting conditions (glare or bright overhead lighting) or air moving past the eyes. Source: Wikipedia.
I work in front of a screen all day and on those days when I don’t take a break from staring at my screen I can feel then stress and tension not only in my eyes but my back and mind.
It’s important that we give our kids the tools to live a productive life and one of those tools is good habits when it comes to the use of technology. Avoiding eye and back strain are becoming increasingly important as homeschool parents rely more and more on technology.
Here’s a great infographic to help you remember some simple rules to keep your eyes and back healthy and strees-free!
Remember these 6 tips for preventing Computer Vision Syndrome:
1. Use good posture when sitting with your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
2. Give your eyes a break from looking at a computer screen every 20 minutes.
3. Properly adjust lighting in your home and the brightness of you monitors.
4. Blink. Don’t worry, there are not scary statues of angels trying to get you!
5. Eat healthy fruits and veggies to improve vision health.
6. Take care of your glasses and contacts.
Have you noticed some of the symptoms of CVS in your kids? What are some precautions you take in your home to help you kids stay healthy?