Preventing Blue Light Eye Strain in Children

It's hard not to notice that children are spending more time on digital devices than ever before. This increased screen time can also lead to the absorption of more intense 'blue light' emissions from those screens. An article from provides some more detailed information on blue light eye strain as well as some very helpful advice.  

Many researchers and eye doctors are concerned that the added blue light exposure from computers and digital devices might increase a person’s risk of age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration later in life.1

"Our eyes need breaks from close-up focus"

Another issue comes from the intensity with which kids focus on screen activity. “Our eyes need breaks from close-up focus,” says Ayesha Malik, OD, pediatric optometrist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), “and children can lose track of time when they become absorbed.” 2

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Preventing Eye Strain in Children

While the effects of blue light from devices are still being studied, there are proactive approaches we can take to protect our children’s ocular health. A simple but impactful strategy to prevent digital eye strain is the 20-20-20 rule. Encourage a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away.3  Read more at

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