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Get Proactive with Computer Vision Syndrome

Screen time increases have led to a surge of patients complaining of symptoms related to computer vision syndrome.

Eighty percent of Americans use digital devices like computers, phones, TVs, and tablets for at least 2 hours a day, with 67% using 2 or more devices at once. Two hours is often all it takes for someone to experience screen time symptoms. In fact, 92% of one survey’s respondents reported experiencing tired eyes, headaches, and eye strain from device use. Continue reading Get Proactive with Computer Vision Syndrome

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Moms Discuss the Impacts of Screen Time on Child Eye Health

In this post, moms talk screen time, how it's affecting their kids, and why Screen Shield Teen is actually needed.“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

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Nutraceuticals: A Clear Opportunity for Eye Care Professionals

With nutrition growing in popularity among all generations, nutraceuticals are a great opportunity for eye care professionals to join that conversation with a solution.

Taking on nutraceuticals in your practice can be daunting, but the breadth of benefits they can have for many populations allows for the opportunity to have the nutrition conversation with nearly all your patients. This post can give you the starting point to introduce nutraceuticals in your practice – regardless of average patient age. Continue reading Nutraceuticals: A Clear Opportunity for Eye Care Professionals

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A New Viewpoint: Dr. Sclafani’s Take on Screen Time – Part 1

Dr. Sclafani knows the impact screen time can have on kids.

As a mom of a 16-year-old and at a practice with a heavy pediatric patient base, Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, FSLS, is on the front line of the screen time epidemic. She practiced for 24 years in a hospital setting at the University of Chicago, is a consultant for several companies, and now works in a private practice in downtown Chicago. In her busy schedule, she was able to find some time to discuss the screen time epidemic and her concerns about the effects it could have, specifically on children. This is the first post in the series. Continue reading A New Viewpoint: Dr. Sclafani’s Take on Screen Time – Part 1

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Parents’ Concerns About Screen Time Continue to Grow

Screen time is an increasing concern for parents and healthcare professionals alike.Screen time is a hot topic for many people, whether it’s doctors, educators, or parents. While options for helping reduce screen time continue to increase, so does the concern parents have regarding their children screen use. Vision Monday recently shared survey results detailing what concerns parents most about screen time use, specifically for their teens. Continue reading Parents’ Concerns About Screen Time Continue to Grow

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The Growing World of Esports & What It Means for Eye Care

Esports is a rapidly growing event that is captivating millions of viewers and participants.As a society, competitions have been a huge source of spectatorship. Sports like baseball, football, and basketball draw huge viewing crowds at the game-day venue, in sports bars, and at home. With advancements in technology, we can now stream these games online and watch them anywhere. However, the rise in technology has also created a whole new sporting segment competing for viewership: esports. Continue reading The Growing World of Esports & What It Means for Eye Care

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Shining Light on Identifying Digital Eye Strain

As screen time has increased, so have the number of people experiencing eye discomfort.With the increase in accessibility and usage of digital devices, there has also been an increase in concern. What effects are they having on the body? Is this affecting children’s mental development? What are the long-term implications of this much screen time? While these questions cannot be definitively answered yet, progress has been made in identifying common issues and complaints. Continue reading Shining Light on Identifying Digital Eye Strain

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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

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The Effects of Screen Time for Kids

Even though some devices have learning qualities, parents are beginning to worry their kids' excessive screen time.As the holidays approach, there are many digital gadgets children may be asking for or receiving. Some of the more popular gifts include flat-screen TVs, tablets, phones, streaming devices (Firestick, Roku, Apple TV, etc.), and gaming systems. Even Fisher-Price is offering the Think & Learn Smart Cycle, which syncs with a tablet for kids to play learning games while they ride the attached stationary bike. While some of these devices add learning opportunities, most of them come with added screen time, which may be cause for concern. The effects of excessive screen time are usually considered when adults work on computers for 8+ hours a day, but parents are starting to notice their children’s symptoms. Continue reading The Effects of Screen Time for Kids