Remote learning may damage children’s sight

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Parents urged to give their children regular breaks when home schooling.

Remote learning may damage children’s sight

Experts warn remote learning may lead to young people’s eyesight and hearing to become damaged in the near future. 

teachers won't play a role in mass testing

Parents are being urged to ensure their children take regular breaks in and out of school hours to help sight and hearing. 

The closure of schools means that the vast majority of pupils are learning on screen.

According to the Royal College of Optometrists: “Twenty-two per cent of Britons noticed their eyesight deteriorating during the spring lockdown.”

Using screens for prolonged, unbroken periods can cause dry eyes or contribute in later life to macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. 

Sight and hearing are far more sensitive  for children than adults.

Excessively loud music and other audio such as learning tutorials can cause tinnitus if they are very loud in earphone or speakers close to you.

Manbir Nagra, an optometrist and trustee of Deafblind UK, said:”Digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome, is used to describe a range of eye fatigue symptoms.”

“With more time being spent indoors and undertaking near work, there has been concern that we may see an increase in short-sightedness onset among children.”

“Spending more time outdoors may help mitigate against this risk.”

Deafblind UK help those who have lost or are losing their sight or hearing.

Their team of experts are here every step of the way to show you life beyond sight and hearing loss.

Approximately sixty-eight percent of the UK wear glasses and thirty percent of this are short sighted (myopic).

Ten percent of myopic people are primary school children. 

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