With the advent of smartphones and tablets, video games have become even more accessible to children than before. Of course, you cannot keep your child from something they enjoy. However, it is important to understand the impact of video games on the eyes and reduce eye strain.
Impact of Video games on eyes
Constantly staring at a screen with moving graphics can put a lot of strain on the eyes. It can lead to blurry vision, headaches, fatigue and even eye pain. This is primarily because when you're looking at a screen with moving graphics, your eyes keep on shifting focus to keep up with the game and its movements. This makes the eyes feel tired much faster than, say, reading a book.
Can video games cause permanent damage to the eyes?
All the problems with eyesight related to playing video games for too long are not permanent. However, vision changes can be permanent. Playing video games for an extended period can cause blurry vision and eventually strain the eyes to the point where the child develops myopia. In this case, the changes to the eye would be permanent.
How much screen time is too much?
Ideally, no one should use devices for more than 2 hours a day. However, we live in a world where we are highly dependent on technology, which is not always feasible. To help protect your child's eyesight, it is essential to make them take 5-minute breaks after every 20 minutes. This can allow the eyes to rest while the child also gets to play the game.
You can also consider getting laptops with special display features targeted towards reducing eye strain if your child's choice of gaming requires a computer. There are many smartphones and tablets in the market these days that also offer such features.
At the Centre for Sight, we have some of the country's leading paediatric ophthalmologists working with us. We can ensure that any vision changes or eye problems in your child can be detected early, as well as offer the right advice to parents who want to protect their children's eyes from computer strain. Get in touch with us today.
Article: What is the Impact of Video Games on Eyes?
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Feb 10 2022 | UPDATED 09:00 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.