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Smartphones, tablets, computers, consoles ... are increasingly part of children's day-to-day lives at earlier ages. At present, its benefit as a tool to stimulate their cognitive and motor development is a proven fact, but the excessive use of these technological devices can seriously impair visual health of our children.
In recent years it has been detected an increase in cases of astigmatism, myopia, eyestrain, and other health problems visual at a very young age, caused to some extent by excessive exposure of children to the lighting of electronic devices.
The General Education Plan for Digital Visual Health 2015-2020 (Spain), prepared by Dr. Celia Sánchez-Ramos, maintains that children under 2 years of age should not use this type of device because their eyes, when they are in full development, can suffer irreversible damage to the retina when exposed to this type of light shortwave and LED displays.
- Limit the use of them to two hours a day in children between 2 and 12 years of age.
- Set the brightness screens to minimum.
- Rest your eyes every 25 minutes.
- Keep a minimum distance with the 40 centimeter device.
- Protect children's eyesight with glasses or contact lenses.
- Check the view of children from one year to two years of age.
One of the world's leading technology manufacturers, Taiwan, promotes reasonable use of this technology by adolescents and prohibits the use of tablets and smartphones in children under two years of age with fines to parents of 1,400 euros in case of breaching the rule.
Experts recommend a comprehensive eye exam by a specialist between the year and two years of life of children, and from here on, unless some type of anomaly is detected, it is advisable to carry out annual controls up to 7 or 8 years of age.
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