17.08.2011

Are laptops damaging children"s vision?

Are laptops damaging children"s vision?

By Alexa Kaczka

A new poll has suggested that the tools many children use to boost their education could be damaging their eyesight.

According to the 2011 American Eye-Q survey from the American Optometric Association (AOA), a third of parents are concerned that their children are using products which could be damaging their vision.

The biggest potential culprits, in the eyes of parents, are computers and devices which utilise 3D technology.

Overall, 53 per cent of respondents with children 18 or younger believe 3D viewing is harmful to a child's vision or eyes and 29 per cent of parents feel very concerned that their child may damage their eyes due to prolonged use of computers or handheld electronic devices.

It comes after Dr James Sheedy, an AOA technology and vision expert, recently recommended that children's binocular vision and focusing abilities, as well as the presence of nearsightedness and farsightedness, should be checked every year before they go back to school for the new term.

by Alexa Kaczka


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