Small Electronics and How They Affect Children's Eyes


By Alexa Tieu

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) With the advancement of technology, many children now have small electronics to play with and use.

But how do these handheld devices affect kids' eyes?

Many kids, like Isabella, have electronic devices in their homes.

As seen in the use of computers in the classroom, they're often used as a learning tool.

But parents need to be aware of the increased risk of myopia, or nearsightedness, for children.

"If you're looking at something close all the time like an electronic device or reading a lot, the eye will adjust its length to accommodate that distance,” says Dr. Edward Ford from Ford Family Eye Care.

Dr. Ford says there are three things the eyes will do to look at something close.

Eyes will draw inward, the pupils will get smaller to focus and the muscles in the eye will flex to sharpen the image.

Dr. Ford says, "If your entire world is here, your eye will adapt to your world by allowing you to see up close, becoming nearsighted is a detriment of your distance vision."

But, some games can actually be good as an indicator of a lazy eye.

"Quite often in these new 3D games they can play, if a child cannot see in 3D and they're not able to manipulate it, that's how you can actually find out they have a lazy eye to begin with,” says Dr. Ford.

Dr. Ford has some tips parents can follow to keep their child's eyes healthy.

Dr. Ford adds, "A lot of people go by what's being called the 20-20-20 rule and basically 20 minutes of games then you gotta put it down for 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away."

A tip Isabella's parents will remember to protect her vision's future.

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