CARE FOR YOUR CHILD’S EYES

With extended use on digital devices, more and more children are becoming affected by myopia or short-sightedness.

If your child requires glasses, make sure the prescription is reviewed every year. Never assume that your child’s vision is OK if they do not complain. Eyewear for children is also available with lenses featuring digital eye strain reducing capabilities. Discuss your child’s digital habits with your doctor to find the right solution.

Dry eyes and eye irritation are closely linked to prolonged use of gadgets. Lighting on digital devices can cause premature aging of the eye and accelerate macular degeneration in young children. If your child complains about itchiness or pain in their eyes, do not treat it with over the counter prescription medication. Always consult your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment.

IDEAL TIME ON DIGITAL DEVICES

Children under 2 years
No screen time.
Preschoolers
Up to an hour a day of programs made for preschool children with little or no computer time.
Children 5 - 8 years
An hour of screen time a day is sufficient.
Children over 8 years
90 minutes to two hours a day.
To minimise harmful effects from digital devices, experts recommend the “20-20-20″ rule: Every 20 minutes your child should take his eyes off the computer and look at an object at least 20 feet (6 metres) away for at least 20 seconds.

Lazy Eye

Every child needs an annual eye check up
Children can also develop a condition called amblyopia or commonly known as “lazy eye”.

The key to repairing a “lazy eye” is an early diagnosis. If this condition is addressed early (during childhood), there is a greater chance of a complete recovery.

It is important to understand that your child’s “lazy eye” will not “get better” or go away on its own. If this condition is not diagnosed and treated by the age of 10, treatment is prolonged, often lasting for years. In addition, when a “lazy eye” is not identified and treated until adulthood, the chance of a full recovery is less likely.

We all want nothing more than for our children to be happy and healthy in all ways. Make vision care and eye checks part of your child’s routine medical care to ensure that your child’s eyes are properly cared for.
“Never ever treat your child to over the counter eye drops. This can do more harm to your child’s vision. Always consult your doctor to get the right diagnosis to ensure proper treatment for your child’s vision problems.”
Dr Hazlita Dato' Mohd Isa,
Consultant Opthalmologist, Cataract, Uveitis & Medical Retinal Specialist