Many of us are concerned about our screen use, especially since it’s increased for most people during the COVID-19 quarantine. We asked several specialists in their field for their thoughts and how we can counteract our new device-heavy activities. In this blog, we feature answers from Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, Andrew “CKG” Smith, Assistant Director of Maryville Esports, Tanner “Zeu” Deegan, Maryville League of Legends Head Coach, and Drew Schwartz, DC. Continue reading What Healthcare Professionals Think of Screen Time
Screens are everywhere. Even before quarantine, many of us spent hours a day with our screens – working, learning, entertaining ourselves. But when we could leave the house, it seemed easier to avoid screen time. For example, the commute to and from work was a forced break from those long hours on devices. Now that we’re all home, where does it end? Continue reading Screen Time = Non-Stop Work for Your Eyes
Nobody said parenting was going to be easy, but with everything going digital, it seems like it’s becoming more difficult. From cyberbullying to simply spending too much time on screens, technology adds an additional concern for parents to consider, especially as most school-age children are now required to be behind a screen to complete homework due to COVID-19. With everything, including education, going online, it can be difficult to monitor children, both their amount of screen time and what they’re doing, causing parents to be more concerned than ever. Continue reading Digital Parenting Pros, Cons, and Solutions
Ever wonder if the amount of screen time your kids get is affecting their social skills? A study shows that it may.
“My son Alex kept telling me that his eyes hurt. It never occurred to me just how much screen time was causing issues until this past October.” Audrey McClelland and other moms talk screen time, how it’s affecting their kids, and why Screen Shield™ Teen is actually needed. Continue reading Moms Discuss the Impacts of Screen Time on Child Eye Health
We’ve discussed the recommendations for screen time and how the harmful blue light gets to our retinas. Now, we can talk about what we can do as parents to reduce the effects of blue light and exposure to our highly sensitive eye structures. Continue reading Part 3 – How to Defend Kids’ Eyes from Effects of Screen Time – Dr. Susan Lake Talks Screen Time As a Mother and a Doctor
The first thoughts for most when vitamin C comes up in conversation are oranges and colds, but there are more benefits vitamin C offers for children’s eye health. Continue reading Vitamin C and Kids’ Eye Health
We previously discussed the frustrations that arise for parents when they read recommendations from medical professionals regarding screen time limits. To fully understand why these limits are so strict despite the fact that they are nearly unobtainable, I’d like to be clear about how blue light gets to our retinas and why it must be filtered and protected against. Continue reading Part 2 – How Blue Light Works – Dr. Susan Lake Talks Screen Time As a Mother and a Doctor
Our children are exposed to more and more media via phones, tablets, and computers – both at school and at home. All of this screen time leaves many parents asking: how much screen time is too much? The World Health Organization (WHO) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have shared their latest recommended average screen time per day for babies, kids, and teens. We’ve consolidated these screen time guidelines into a printable format you can use in your household.
Continue reading Get Printable Screen Time Recommendations by Age
Lately, I’ve noticed that no matter what media outlet you frequent, you’ll see warnings regarding the dangers of blue light. This available information, coupled with my focus on pediatric patients, has allowed me to notice a large increase in the number of parents asking me how to better protect their children’s eyes. Many times, they ask me with hope-filled voices if they should be reducing “screen time” for their kids by banning Snapchat and Fortnite in order to accomplish this task.
I’ve found myself answering this from two perspectives. Continue reading Part 1 – Dr. Susan Lake Talks Screen Time As a Mother and a Doctor