My eyes are hurting today.
If you read some of my Q&A posts, you might know that I wear glasses. My eyesight is not 20/20. I am not very happy about it, but it is what it is. Not much I can do about it.
Both my parents had perfect vision (until they got older and needed reading glasses), so I am not sure why my sibling and I, both, have eye problems. The explanation I cam up with is twofold.
One – I was a bookworm. I was told to switch my light off pretty early on in the evenings, which was not conductive to my reading experience. I could not just put a book down once the lights went off, so I continued reading them for hours, under the covers with the dim light coming from various flashlights. It could not be too bright, because I did not want anyone to know I was not obediently sleeping.
Growing up, my TV time was limited. There was not much educational material, or appropriate for a child of my age, so I just had about 20-30 mins of cartoons a day during the week. When my parents went out (with friends and family (not too often)), it felt like the Holidays to me. I would sit in front of the TV for hours without blinking.
I know they did what they did because they were trying to be good parents, but it backfired a bit.
As an adult, I sit in front of a computer at work most of the day. And in the evenings, at home, I do check my private emails, blog and watch movies. So, I am aware that my screen time is abundant. I am trying to limit that.
I could not help, but notice that they young kids in my family all wear glasses. And it worries me. I think of evolution. Are we heading towards a blind society? Will we evolve into nocturnal mammals?
Today, my wisdom to you is to try and limit your/ your kid’s screen time + reading without natural light.
Kids nowadays are born with a tablet in their hands. Soon after, they get a phone, and a computer. They do not take their eyes off of these devices. I could not believe when I heard kids do their homework on their tablets. No paper workbooks. Just apps. In college, we require young adults to carry laptops to class to take notes, write essays and take exams. At work, we want everyone to be receiving emails every breathing minute of our lives. You want to apply for a job? Fill out an application online.
Screens are so prevalent. It is not easy to stay away from them (I think, while writing this… ironic…), but let us try.
And remember that natural light (daylight) is best for reading a paper-book. Give it a break once it gets dim. Too bright of a light is not good either.
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