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New Resources for Reducing Eye Strain from Screens

In response to increased virtual and screen-based activities during the coronavirus pandemic, ISPB and Prevent Blindness Illinois have launched a new awareness campaign, Take a Screen Time Out. All of us, including children, are spending as much as 12 hours a day in front of a digital screen. Find out more at Prevent Blindness.

You can find the Screen Time-Out campaign on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Please share the posts with families and your networks. Find social media images at Eye Health Infographics – Prevent Blindness.

Tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology include:

  • Use artificial tears to refresh eyes when they feel dry. 
  • Consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
  • Wear prescribed computer eyeglasses that allow eyes to focus specifically at computer screen distance (intermediate distance, which is about 20 to 26 inches away from the face).
  • Adjust screen brightness to match the level of light in the room. 
  • Increase the contrast on the screen to reduce eye strain.
  • Use a glare screen on the device.
  • Sit about 25 inches from the screen and adjust the screen height to look slightly downward.

For tips from a college student, see this blog from the School-Based Health Alliance.

Another great resource is this video from Child Trends on supporting children’s mental health during Covid-19.  In a recent video, Child Trends mental health expert Jessica Dym Bartlett describes 10 ways parents and caregivers can support children’s emotional well-being during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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