It has altered a lot of things, including workplace procedures, and it practically touches all area of our lives, including education, employment, social life, and healthcare. It's difficult to spend even a single day without the internet.
Safer Internet Day is observed every year on the second day of the second week of February with the aim of providing a safer and better internet. The Internet is a modern day necessity. It has both advantages and disadvantages of its own.
How too much screen time affects our eyes?
Impacts on the eyes from increasing screen time are one issue we have because of the internet. Nowadays, be it a kids or adults everyone is busy on either mobile phones or computers. The most troublesome light our modern devices tend to produce is blue light. This type of light has short wavelengths and relatively high amounts of energy. While blue light is not very harmful and is produced in far greater quantities by the sun, there is at least one study suggesting that long-term exposure to blue light through our devices may cause at least some eye harm.
Effects of device lights on Kids eyes
These days as parents are getting busier with their work, they give devices to their children to keep them engaged. But, these devices like mobile phones and computers may harm our kid's eyes. Kids are easily attracted to these devices. They are always curious to explore them and spend longer time on phones and computers.
Eye problems caused by excessive screen time:
Eye fatigue - Eye fatigue called Asthenopia is characterized by eye discomfort, dimness of vision and headache. Asthenopia can be caused by overuse of the eye, for example during a period of prolonged focus on a screen. Any glare on the screen can further strain the eyes.
Dry and irritated eyes - The eyes can also get dry and irritated during long stretches of screen use. Studies show that people of all ages blink far less often when concentrating on a screen, which in turn causes the eyes to dry out.
Loss of focus flexibility - When children’s eyes stay focused close-up for long periods, they can find it difficult to adjust to distance vision later. Generally, that’s a short-term problem, and the eyes adjust back to their normal flexibility.
Nearsightedness - Kids who are on screens are typically indoors. Exposure to natural daylight is critical to developing eyes. Kids need time playing outside for their health, but also for their eyes.
Allowing children to use devices for extended periods of time will lead to addiction, which will affect not only their eyes but also their overall health. It reduces their mobility and flexibility and causes back pain, neck pain, wrist pain, and a variety of other issues. So, this Safer Internet Day, start spending time with your kids and engaging with them in studies, games, and physical activities to keep your children healthy and fit. This will benefit both parents and children. To prevent these eye problems, we need to take care of eyes of our children and ours too.