Half of parents unaware of the health problems excessive screen time could cause their children – The Hill

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  • Spending hours staring at screens combined with a lack of time spent outdoors can cause children to develop nearsightedness, nearsightedness, and lead to serious eye problems later in life.

  • “Age of onset of myopia is the strongest predictor of severe myopia later in life,” said one expert.

  • About 54% of parents said their child had seen an ophthalmologist in the past year.

Only half of parents understand the possible health consequences for their children due to excessive exposure to screens without spending time outdoors, according to a recent survey.

“Many parents may not be aware of the short- and long-term health issues of excessive screen time, including its effect on children’s eyes,” said Mott Poll co-director of the ‘University of Michigan, Sarah Clark. in a press release.

“Our findings suggest that some parents may have inaccurate perceptions of activities that affect their child’s eye health and vision and how to minimize risk,” Clark added.

Spending hours staring at screens combined with a lack of time spent outdoors can cause children to develop nearsightedness, nearsightedness and lead to serious eye problems later in life, researchers have said. They added that time spent outdoors could mitigate some of the risks.

“It’s important to think about the risks of myopia for children because children with this condition often become more myopic over time,” said Olivia Killeen, an ophthalmologist at UM Health Kellogg Eye Center who viewed the report.

“Age of myopia onset is the strongest predictor of severe myopia later in life,” Killeen added.

About 54% of parents said their child had seen an eye doctor in the past year, according to the survey.

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Additionally, less than a third of parents surveyed said their children wore eye protection when exposed to blue light from TV or computer screens.

The researchers said parents could take steps to promote their children’s eye health.

“Parents should encourage at least one to two hours of time outdoors per day, as exposure to natural light promotes eye development,” Clark said.

“Parents should enforce family rules to ensure children have an extended amount of screen-free time during the day. less structured stop.

The results were based on a nationally representative sample of 2,002 parents of children aged 3 to 18 in April.

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Posted on July 19, 2022

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