A GP guide to the impact of digital screens on young eyes

How much is too much for children's vision, and how can you help parents set limits?

Without doubt, more of us are spending longer on screens in our increasingly digital world. GPs are likely to encounter parents asking about the effects on their children’s visual and brain development.

child tablet iPad screen playing

‘Screen time’ includes any time looking at a screen, including television, computers, smartphones, tablets and video consoles.

As ophthalmologists, we are seeing an increase in device-related dry eye, and a new syndrome called ‘digital eye strain’, which tends to predominantly affect adults.