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Screen Time & Your Kids

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Like you, we are managing WFH with our kids. Screen time is inevitable and online classes, programs and YouTube Videos keep the kiddos busy while you work.

Did you know 90 mins of outdoor time per and helps limit the progression of nearsightedness?

That said, these next few weeks are going to involve a significantly LARGER amount of screen time than our children’s eyes are used to.  

Here are tips to maintain healthy vision during this time:

  1. Download flux at This manages the blue light coming though your device and as we know, excess exposure to blue light can interfere with sleep. Sleep is imperative to maintaining a healthy immune system – something we all need to be especially conscious of right now.
  2. Use larger screens (i.e. laptop, cast to a TV) when you can over a small tablet or  phone – this will avoid your kids squinting and hunching over
  3. Pull the screens back and monitor distance from the screen regularly
  4. Still make time for nature walks. Nature walks (while safely maintaining physical distancing), are important to balance your child’s near, distance and intermediate vision particularly when they are getting a higher amount of screen time. 

When our office re-opens, we are happy to assess your kiddos to ensure their vision is still healthy and prescriptions have not changed.

Written by Dr. Ritesh Patel

Some people grow up wanting to be a famous athlete, an astronaut, or even the Prime Minister of Canada. Dr. Patel’s childhood ambition was to be an Optometrist. His dream leads him to live and practice all over the world, but his heart has always been in Toronto.

Dr. Patel was born in Toronto and grew up in the Markham area. After completing his Bachelor of Science in 2003 from the University of Waterloo, he went on to study at the prestigious New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA.

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