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Part 3 – How to Defend Kids’ Eyes from Effects of Screen Time – Dr. Susan Lake Talks Screen Time As a Mother and a Doctor

Dr. Susan Lake talks about how to defend kids' eye health from the effects of screen time. 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

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Part 2 – How Blue Light Works – Dr. Susan Lake Talks Screen Time As a Mother and a Doctor

Kids may not notice their eyes becoming tired, but parents will often notice this change first.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

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Get Printable Screen Time Recommendations by Age

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.
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Part 1 – Dr. Susan Lake Talks Screen Time As a Mother and a Doctor

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

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What Screen Time Can Really Do to Kids’ Brains

Screen time has a psychological affect on children's brains. For young children, extended screen time can have a negative, lasting impact. The timespan between birth and age 3 is dubbed “the critical period” in the medical community due to the changes happening in the brain. Too much screen time during this age range can leave their still-developing brains permanently damaged.  Continue reading What Screen Time Can Really Do to Kids’ Brains

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Screen Time: An Ever-Growing Epidemic

Technology and devices have become an almost irreplaceable part of our routines.As technology continues to invade everyday life, it seems nearly impossible to escape the glow of a digital screen. From signing into the doctor’s office on an iPad to ordering fast food from a kiosk in the restaurant, digital devices are everywhere. Even grade schools and middle schools are beginning to incorporate devices in their curriculums, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for the barrage of media and devices. Jim Gaffigan spoke on this subject for CBS news, saying, “Screens are a part of our lives. They are not going away.” Continue reading Screen Time: An Ever-Growing Epidemic