Doctors stress the importance of back-to-school eye exams

Doctors stress the importance of back-to-school eye exams

AVON, OH (WOIO) - As kids are heading back to the classroom, it may be a good idea to schedule an eye exam.

Experts share the warning all the time: Stop staring at those screens.

Doctors say kids spend an average of six hours a day of screen time, such as using a cellphone or laptop, but doctors recommend that it is cut down to two hours a day.

Doctors at Avon Vision Centre want parents to know of the "20, 20, 20" rule. It suggests every 20 minutes, you should take a break for at least 20 seconds and look at objects that are 20 feet away from you.

Below are other statistics from the American Optometrist Association:

  • Over 70 percent of vision problems go undetected during vision screenings.
  • There are an estimated 10 million children in the U.S. with undiagnosed vision problems that can affect learning and development.
  • Only 7 percent of U.S. kids get an eye exam by the time they are starting first grade.

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