Like it or not, more and more kids are playing video games. Everyone knows the harm video games have on their eyesight, but it’s not all bad. Video games can have beneficial effects—in moderation and specific circumstances. AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, your go-to eye clinic in the state for contact lenses, elaborates more on how video games affect your child’s vision, for better or worse, below.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Simply staring at a digital screen can put significant strain on your eyes. That’s because your eyes have to focus harder on the screen, and combined with factors such as glare and low screen contrast, digital eye strain becomes so severe that it leads to what the American Optometric Association calls computer vision syndrome.
The symptoms of this condition aren’t restricted to vision problems, like blurred vision, sensitivity to light and eye irritation, however. Since kids hunch over when they stare at a screen or their digital devices, back problems are a common symptom as well.
If your child experiences any of these symptoms, it would be a good idea to have them undergo an eye exam. These may be the symptoms of more serious vision problems like myopia. And your child may need eyeglasses to correct their near-sighted vision.
The Benefits of Playing Video Games
As mentioned earlier, however, video games aren’t all bad. A study found that playing action-oriented video games can help develop kids’ hand-eye coordination. Keep in mind that there’s still no evidence that playing non-action games have the same benefits.
As with any recreational activity, moderation is key. Besides, completely banning video games just isn’t feasible in this day and age; they’ve already become a prominent part of this generation’s childhood.
A key part of managing the risks associated with video games is frequent visits to your eye doctor. AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care offers a wide range of eye care services, including comprehensive eye exams and LASIK surgery. To schedule an appointment with one of our eye specialists, call us at (757) 772-0086 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Norfolk, VA.