July 12, 2016
Summer reading programs are a great way for kids to retain what they learned during the school year and continue to develop their reading skills.
Help your kids get the most out of summer reading programs by keeping their eyes healthy and avoiding eyestrain. Reading for long periods of time without taking breaks can cause:
· Dry or watery eyes
· Tired, itchy eyes
· Blurred or double vision
· Sore neck, shoulders or back
· Increased sensitivity to light
· Problems concentrating
· Difficulty keeping eyes open
Following the 20-20-20 Rule can reduce eyestrain and help keep eyes fresh. While reading, children and adults should remember to:
· Take a break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds
Taking short, frequent breaks while looking away from reading material will reduce eye fatigue and make reading more enjoyable.
Eyestrain does not have serious or long-term consequences and usually goes away by resting the eyes. If rest doesn’t relieve the symptoms of eyestrain, make an appointment with your eye doctor.