BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The coronavirus pandemic has us spending more time on our electronics than ever before.
For children who are learning virtually, that could be a real problem.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: Fueled By The Delta Variant, COVID Cases Rise Again Monday As Positivity Rate Climbs Over 2%
Dr. Samantha Feldman, of the Krieger Eye Center from LifeBridge, said that limiting screen time is crucial for mental, physical and eye health.
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However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, there is no way to do that for many children.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Gov. Larry Hogan To Issue Maryland Paralympian Becca Meyers A Governor's Citation At 11 a.m. Press Conference
Dr. Feldman offered a number of simple tips- one is what she calls “20-20-20.”
“Every 20 minutes, adjust the lighting of the screen and the lighting around the room,” Dr. Feldman said. “Use artificial tears, if you’re noticing dryness as a symptom. Really limiting the screen two hours before bed is what is the most helpful for getting a good night of sleep.”
Dr. Feldman is also urging parents to try to get children outside in natural light at least once or twice a day.
Also, if you notice your child is squinting or getting closer to the screen, it is probably a good time to get their vision checked.MORE NEWS: Police Investigating After 34-Year-Old Man Shot In SW Baltimore