OUR IN-DEPTH BACK TO SCHOOL COVERAGE CONTINUES THIS MORNING. WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH OUR EYES ON A SCREEN… BUT IT’S IMPORTANT TO TAKE A BREAK ONCE IN A WHILE. AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR KIDS TO DO SO… AS THEIR EYES DEVELOP. EYEWITNESS NEWS CONSUMER REPORTER SUSAN CAMPBELL IS HERE NOW WITH IMPORTANT ADVICE ON WHY AND HOW TO AVOID EYE STRAIN. WHILE SCHOOL WORK MAY REQUIRE SCREEN TIME – EXPERTS SAY IT’S IMPORTANT FOR KIDS TO TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS TO PREVENT EYE STRAIN. THE SMART PHONES – THE TABLETS THE TV – SCREENS ARE ALL AROUND US… these aren’t natural ways of using our eyes. and our bodies try to accommodate as much as possible. the more we become dependent on these technologies the more straining it is to your eyes. DR. VINH TRAN SAYS THAT EYE STRAIN – ASTHENOPIA- CAN DAMAGE KIDS’ DEVELOPING EYES.. astinopia has many different signs and symptoms… headaches, sometimes even neck strain. Difficulties with focusing, where words kind of float around. so straining the eyes when they’re still devleping can cause a lot of complications in the future. BLUE LIGHT FROM SCREENS… MAY ALSO CAUSE COMPLICATIONS… Based on studies, it’s becoming more apparent that blue light can affect the development of our eyes COMPLICATIONS… Based on studies, it’s becoming more apparent that blue light can affect the development of our eyes and is also a huge factor in development of diseases such as cataracts macular degeneration. SO DR. TRAN SAYS – IT’S IMPORTANT TO ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS FROM SCREENS…. we like to say the 20/ 20/ 20 rule for every 20 minutes that you spend up close w/ your computer, tablet, reading, writing, look far away for 20 seconds at a distance of 20 feet. break a couple times. That helps relax some of the vision and then continue on w/ your work. DR. TRAN SAYS IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMIND YOUR KIDS TO BLINK OFTEN. THAT WILL HELP WITH DRY OR ITCY EYES. I’M SC EWN.