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5900 Heckert Rd.
P.O. Box 324
Bakerstown, PA 15007
724-443-6767 Phone
724-443-6730 Fax

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Natrona Heights, PA 15065
724-226-0444 Phone
724-226-0744 Fax


Parent Tips to Manage Eye Strain

Although we’ve had a mild winter, the cold weather and long winter nights keep many indoors. It’s no surprise that technology has become a trusty companion for both kids and parents combating cabin fever. Smartphones, iPads, computers, and gaming systems provide entertainment, but recent studies suggest that this increased screen time might be contributing to eye strain in children. Recognizing the symptoms and implementing preventive measures is important for safeguarding eye health.

The Impact of Winter Screen Time:

The winter season often confines families indoors, prompting an uptick in screen usage for both educational and recreational purposes. However, prolonged exposure to screens can result in eye strain, leading to symptoms such as headaches and blurry vision.

Recognizing Eye Strain Symptoms:

For parents concerned about their children’s eye health, being vigilant for symptoms of eye strain is important for your child’s overall well-being. Look for signs such as blurry vision, double vision, headaches, dry and sore eyes, which may indicate the need for a break from screens.

Tips to promote healthier screen habits:

Diversify Activities: Encourage alternative activities beyond screens, such as outdoor exercise, walks, or engaging in board games for quality family time. Balancing screen use with other pursuits is vital for eye health.

Maintain Proper Distance: Ensure your child maintains a reasonable distance from screens. Constant proximity to the TV or holding devices close may signal vision issues that need attention.

Encourage Blinking: Remind children to blink regularly, even during intense screen focus. Extended screen time without blinking can contribute to dry eyes, discomfort, and potential eye strain.

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: Institute the 20-20-20 rule—every 20 minutes of screen use, take a 20-second break to focus on an object at least 20 feet away. This practice allows the eyes periodic rest, reducing the risk of strain.

Promote Moderation: Emphasize the importance of moderation. While occasional use of devices may not immediately impact vision, extended and frequent screen exposure can lead to discomfort and potential eye difficulties.

Technology is an integral part of children’s daily lives as well as their education. By promoting a balanced approach to screen time, encouraging breaks, and incorporating diverse activities, parents can help ensure their children’s eye health. Remember, moderation is the key to preserving vision health in the digital age. For questions or concerns, contact our office at 724-443-6767 or 724-226-0444.

About Bissell Eye Care: John D. Bissell, OD owns and operates Bissell Eye Care servicing Northern Pittsburgh and Alle-Kiski Valley regions. With two locations to treat patients, we offer evening and Saturday appointments. Bissell Eye Care provides comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family beginning as early as 6 months, ocular disease detection and treatment, eyeglasses, sunglasses, activewear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. We accept most types of vision and health insurance plans. For more information, visit or call our Bakerstown Office at 724-443-6767 or Natrona Heights office at 724-226-0444.