The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools, malls, parks and other outdoor activities to close. This has forced children to "shelter in their homes". What do they do inside a home? The play video games and work at their computers for hours and hours. Lack of outdoor time and extensive near work are both serious risk factors for increasing myopia. Will we see a large increase in kids developing nearsightedness in the next year? Will myopic kids find that their prescription increases in strength at a faster rate in the coming year? It is very possible.
So what can a parent do to lessen these serious challenges posed by "shelter in-home"?
- Ensure that your child goes outdoors for 1 hour every day.
- Invent interesting outdoor activities and participate with your kids as group activities with other kids are not possible right now due to social distancing requirements.
- Allow your child to read or work on their pads outdoors.
- Ensure that they take a 10-minute break for every 30 minutes of screen time.
- Try to limit the screen time to 4 hours per day.
- The web has lots of ideas to help you protect your child's future sight:
- Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis | Child Mind Institutehttps://loganhealth.org/prod/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/What-to-do-at-home-with-your-kids-during-COVID-2019.pdf250+ Creative Ways to Keep Your Family Sane During the COVID-19 Crisis