Tips to take care of children’s eye health, starting this ‘bridge’

The confinements, curfews, and other measures in which we have been immersed since the coronavirus pandemic began have caused the little ones to spend more time at home. And this can affect the health of your eyes.

To prevent the increase in myopia, a visual problem that affects 2.6 billion people worldwide according to the ‘World Vision Report 2020’ of the World Health Organization (WHO), the National College of Opticians-Optometrists of Spain (CNOO) recommends families to promote children’s outdoor activities. And now with the December bridge, we have a great opportunity. We must take the opportunity to go out into the street, into the field if possible, and give our eyes a session

According to experts, when children play outside, they use long-range vision to visualize objects and people that are far away. In addition, outdoors there is greater exposure to natural light, which can prevent the appearance of myopia due to changes in the levels of dopamine and melatonin at the level of the retina, or changes in the child’s circadian rhythm.

“When a minor stay too long at home without going outside, the eyes adapt to the short vision and make less effort by having objects closer,” explains the dean of the CNOO, Juan Carlos Martínez Moral.

So the best option for children’s leisure is to go out to the streets and parks to play or practice sports. Of course, always respecting the security measures established to avoid contagion by Covid-19.

As happened during the lockdown last spring, staying at home longer adds the ‘complication’ that children often choose to use mobile devices to spend their free time. This form of leisure, warn the opticians-optometrists, “could carry risks, such as a possible faster progression of myopia in the youngest if they are used improperly”.

In addition to visual fatigue, the abuse of the screens can cause serious eye problems such as “temporary poor vision, difficulty in focusing at different distances, sensitivity to light brightness, eye discomfort, headache, and irritated, dry or tired eyes”, details the dean of the CNOO.

The confinement of classrooms due to a positive, time limitations or simply the fear of many families of contagion, means that on certain occasions it is not possible to take the little ones out for long enough.