Dr. Marsha D. Benshir
Dr. Amber Smith
Center for Vision Development
Diagnostic and Rehabilitative Vision Care
Good posture and working distance allow children to use their eyes together more effectively and reduces eyestrain. Computer screens should be set up at straight gaze at their midline at arm’s length. To assure proper posture, have a child sit straight in a stationary chair with good back support and make sure their feet touches the ground.
The average person blinks 15-20 times per minutes but when we are reading or using devices, our blink rate drops to 5 times a minute. So, remember to blink.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes of continuous near tasks, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to relax and reset. Also, use the 1.5 rule, where every one and a half hour spend 5-10 minutes outside for longer visual breaks.
Studies reveals that spending time outside helps improve children’s well-being. It can also provide feedback to slow progression of near sightedness. So, spend 1-2 hours outside with your children without any near visual tasks.