Just as adults can suffer from eye strain symptoms, so can children. It goes without saying that parents often have to warn their children to avoid sitting so close to the television screen. With the popularity of the Internet, parents now have to deal with this concern when it comes to having their kids spend long periods of time in front of a computer screen as well.
For those with children complaining of eye strain, it is important to address this condition right away. At home monitor how often your child sits in front of the computer. If he/she has to sit in front of the screen for long periods of time because of homework, other school-related tasks or even if it is just for leisure, set up a routine for them to follow that includes taking a break from the screen for a few minutes. The rule of thumb for children is to have them take a 20 second to one minute break for every 20 minutes they spend in front of the computer screen.
Explain to your child what common eye strain symptoms are like so that they can alert you when they feel they are experiencing these signs. Do you notice your son or daughter rubbing their eyes constantly, squinting at the screen, appearing fatigued or suffering from eye redness? These are signs that your child should step away from the screen and lie down or place a cold compress over their eyes. Additionally, it is important for parents to take their children for regular eye exams to make sure that their vision care is intact.