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Digital Eye Strain Could Cause Long-Term Complications in Children

Youth need to be reminded to take short, frequent breaks from digital consumption.

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Most adults are familiar with digital eye strain, the feeling of fatigue and physical discomfort caused by prolonged exposure to the electronic displays used in computers, TVs, and smartphones—the feeling is usually temporary and diminishes with rest. But as children get introduced to digital devices earlier and earlier in their development, there is growing concern about the effects of their prolonged exposure to glowing screens. The Vision Council believes that it could put the eyes of children at risk for myopia, or nearsightedness. The Council also raises concerns that blue-violet wavelengths emitted by digital screens could cause age-related muscular degeneration and cataracts.

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