Ophthalmologists foresee school year marked by eye strain | Features

Ophthalmologists foresee school year marked by eye strain | Features


When COVID-19 first shut classrooms, we got a glimpse into different digital challenges. Among them, kids aren’t immune to developing tired, dry eyes from concentrating on laptops and tablets for extended periods of time. The discomfort drove some of them to their ophthalmologist looking for relief. To prepare students and their families for the new school year, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is sharing tips to help prevent digital eye strain.

“I was a digital eye strain naysayer prior to recent events,” said Stephen Lipsky, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist and clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “But in my practice, I really have seen a marked increase in kids suffering from eye strain because of increased screen time. Good news is most symptoms can be avoided by taking a few simple steps.”

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Virginia Aparicio is Health and Human Science educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. She can be reached at 574-533-0554 or [email protected].


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