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Doctors share how parents can spot digital eye strain in children

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Millions of children are using computers, which doctors say could lead to digital eye strain.

Doctors say if you or your child experience symptoms including blurred vision, headaches, or sensitivity you should make an appointment with an eye doctor.

"I see a lot of people with those types of symptoms all across the age spectrum, whether it be kids or adults, but certainly an increase in children for sure," Tom Greene, an optometrist with Central Missouri Eyecare Associates in Jefferson City, said.

A study by the National Library of Medicine reveals one out of four children in the U.S. has vision disorders, yet most may never see an eye doctor. 

"Listen to teachers, listen to school nurses. If they say they suspect something is wrong with your child's eyes, I strongly recommend getting a comprehensive eye exam," Greene said.

Ana Costa at the Mason Eye Clinic in Columbia says she hasn't treated many eye strain problems recently, but Costa says she is concerned that this could change. 

"Kids may become more myopic because they're learning is in front of a screen, and their leisure is in front of screens, they're always in front of a screen," Costa said.

Costa also says she recommends taking small breaks to prevent eye strain. 

"Every 20 minutes that you're looking at a screen just take 20 seconds, that is about 20 feet away and just take those breaks," Costa said.  

Burning, itching, watery and dry eyes are common signs of eye strain. 

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