One crucial tool for improving reading is good eye sight. Here is a guest post discussing how you can protect your own eye sight and your child's.

Guest Post by Sara Parker

“Don’t sit too close to the computer…your eyes will go square!” Did you hear this a lot as a teenager? Do your parents still tell you of the ill effects and the damages that are caused by watching television too closely?

Well, they are right. Your eyes might not go square – well not literally, but it does have very adverse effects on your vision. Sitting too close to your TV screen can cause serious damage to your eyes / vision. Some of the problems that people, who play video games too close to the television, face are:

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is causing parents a lot of tension these days. Children or even adults who play video games for long hours or sit in front of the television or monitor watching long, never ending soap-operas or movies suffer from this problem. When one is glued to the television, watching a thriller unfold or fighting the villain in a video game, the person often blinks too little. This causes a lot of problems such as dry eyes, headache, tear-flow and difficulty focusing.

Researchers are busy understanding the long-term effects that such a condition can cause. So far, it has been concluded that the effects are temporary and wash away in some time. One can easily overcome this issue by blinking more and taking a beak from television or monitor screen and concentrating on something else. This exercise is very important for your eyes.

Strain to the Brain

Playing video games indeed has some positives, but often negatives outdo the positives. Recent polls have concluded that playing video games for long hours is among one of the habits of children that parents detest the most. It is not only addictive but also affects their studies and other activities. Playing video games gives children a chance to use their brain more and work out things themselves, but it often also puts strain on their mind. The strain or pressure on the brain can affect the vision of a child. This problem is often heard from parents as children are more prone to such issues.

Attacks to the Cornea

Watching television too closely or playing games glued to the screen for long hours can also affect one’s cornea. Some cases have been reported where long hours of play caused permanent damage to a person’s retina or cornea.

The Nursing Online Education Database has created a list of activities that one should do when he or she has to work on a computer. The list of healthy game play activities include:

  • Taking a break of at least 5 minutes after every half hour
  • Minimizing the glare on the screen
  • Looking here, there after every few minutes
  • Concentrating on other objects and not just the screen
  • Blinking often and not staying glued
  • Wearing glasses or lenses, or covering the monitor or television screen using screen protectors.
  • Minimizing the time spent on sitting in front of a computer or monitor screen

So all children should focus more on their all day comfort and use a healthier lifestyle. The rules given above, must be implemented by one and all, no matter playing games or doing any other activity in front of the computer screen.

These habits should not only be encouraged in children, but adults also. Vision is something that is very difficult to do without, so it is our duty to protect our eyes and consequently our vision from any harm. The most common form of harm is staring at a screen for hours on end. This is why, if we practice safe procedures and develop positive habits, we can prevent several vision ailments that occur with people on a regular basis.

If you want your eyes to stay the way they are and not turn square like your computer or TV screen then apply these healthy rules in your life and say good bye to this nightmare of having square eyes. Not only will you thank yourself for it, but so will your children in the long run.

About the Author:

Sara Parker is a writer on health and lifestyle and spends most of her time researching on related topics. During her free time, Sara is willing to share her insights and knowledge on health care to people through her articles.