Are screens negatively affecting your child’s vision?
It’s not surprising that the answer is a resounding “yes!” But, you may be surprised by the reason.
Dr. Nicholas Despotidis is an optometrist who has been studying this issue for many years, ever since his two sons needed glasses in early grade school.
Dr. Nick, as he’s known to his patients, doesn’t just prescribe eyeglasses—he’s working to keep kids from needing them.
So, what does this have to do with screens?
I bet you’ve noticed how screens, in the form of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and video games are keeping our kids indoors—now more than ever before.
Well, it turns out that overuse of screens can result in a significant increase in childhood myopia (also known as nearsightedness). This is Dr. Nick’s specialty.
He taught me a shocking statistic: The World Health Organization projects half the world will suffer from myopia by the year 2050. Half the world!
I was honored to serve as Nick’s coach as he prepared to deliver a TEDx talk on this topic at TEDxAsburyPark in May of 2018.