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Eye Care for Your Child

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Reduce time spent in near work

  • Reduce time spent on playing games in hand-held electronic devices, or handphone games and other computer-related activities such as blogging and internet chats.
  • Encourage your child to take a break after 30-40 minutes of near work such as reading or writing. Your child should look at distant objects for 3 to 5 minutes. They could look out of the window into the distance.
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Increase time spent on outdoor activities every day

  • Increase time spent on outdoor activities like ball games, walks in the park or a family picnic at the beach, etc as there is emerging evidence that outdoor activities may delay the onset or progression of myopia in your child.
  • Outdoor activities should not include reading or playing hand-held games outdoors. Instead, encourage your child to engage in fun activities that involve body movements to increase physical fitness.

Encourage other healthy eye care habits

  • Ensure there is adequate lighting in the room.
  • When reading, hold the book about 30 cm away from the eyes.
  • Make sure when using the computer, the monitor screen is about 50 cm away from the eyes.
  • Sit at a distance away from the TV that is appropriate to its size. The bigger the TV, the further away your child should sit.

Take your child for eye checkups yearly

Ensure a healthy lifestyle

  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Have at least eight hours of sleep each night to rest the eyes.
  • Instead of just playing computer games, participate in outdoor games as well.


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