The Optometrists at the AOA's 2015 American Eye-Q® conducted a survey that revealed that increasing use of technology at home and school is taking a toll on the eye health and vision of our children. While technology may enhance learning and provide entertainment, the long-term effects of technology on children's eyes are not yet fully known. Additionally, 41 percent of parents report their children spend three or more hours a day using digital devices.
No substitute for annual, comprehensive eye exam
The 2015 American Eye-Q survey also found that 89% of respondents mistakenly believe that screenings given to children in school or in pediatrician's offices are effective in identifying vision problems that can adversely affect learning. Screenings are not a substitution for a comprehensive examination by a Optometrist.