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AOA Warns Children at Risk for CVS

AOA Warns Children at Risk for CVS
According to VSP Vision Care, nearly half of U.S. children spend four or more hours a day using a computer or similar device. The American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2007 American Eye-Q survey showed that only 16% of respondents are “very” or “extremely” worried about their children damaging their eyes by prolonged use of computers and electronic portable devices. Further, 44% of parents don’t realize that behavioral problems can be an indication that a child’s vision is impaired. The AOA offers these tips for parents:
• Have your child’s vision checked before beginning school.
• Strictly enforce the amount of time that children may continuously use the computer, with a 20 second break for every 20 minutes of use.
• Check the height and arrangement of the computer, which are generally adjusted for adults.
• Check the lighting for glare on the computer screen (try holding a mirror flat against the screen to look for light sources reflecting off the screen).
• Reduce the amount of lighting in the room to match the computer.
For additional information on CVS, visit http://www.aoa.org.

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