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Screentime is a popular topic that many optometrists are asked about, including Dr. Ryan and Dr. Lindsey. Dr. Sara Bush is here to answer frequently asked questions about how blue light effects refractive error, attention and learning skills, and ocular health. We welcome her on this month’s Dynamic Duo Podcast!
Things you will learn in this episode:
- While children get older, specifically school age, it can be difficult to limit screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a Family Plan to accommodate, control, and regulate to each individual family.
- While the percentage of adult myopic patients is currently around 28%, it is projected to affect about 50% of adults. There are not any studies that link screen time to myopia but a few that possibly link working distance to this progression.
- Screens are constantly around us and it may be unrealistic to limit ourselves to a number of hours. Instead, learn ways of managing and applying it.
- Increased screen time was associated with a decrease in executive function and academic performance; some studies show a correlation as early as kindergarten.
- Passive viewing can have more of a negative impact compared to an interactive, engaging game or show.