Parents & Grandparents: A message from Dr. Hentschel

We hope your summer is going well!

We just wanted to share a quick message from Dr. Alexander Hentschel, when it comes to childrens’ vision.

The summer can be tough to determine any changes in a child’s vision. So here are some questions to consider:

How many hours of screen time does your child/grandchild get each day? We’re talking iPads, computers, TV’s, phones, etc.

Is your child getting headaches after an hour of use? Dr. Hentschel cited a study that shows 50% of the world’s population is expected to be nearsighted by 2050.

“That certainly indicates a lifestyle change,” Dr. Hentschel said. “Studies have confirmed that sunlight is protective against myopia. Best advice I can give is to let your children get some sun and let them be a kid outside.”

Dr. Hentschel also said to be on the lookout for increased eye rubbing, a lot of squinting, and even a lazy eye.

“In general, children are usually good about wearing glasses or contacts during the school year. However, they can get a little lackadaisical during the summer, so it’s important for parents to make sure their children stick to the routine,” Dr. Hentschel warns. “I can’t stress it enough: spend time outdoors. Daylight is important.”

Just make sure they’re wearing sunglasses outside :)

If you’d like to schedule an eye exam for your child before the inevitable “back to school” routine begins, just tap the red button on the bottom right of this page. You can book an appointment in just a few clicks!

From all of us at BayState Eye Center,

Enjoy the fun in the sun!