Parents often ask “How can I improve my child’s eyesight?” Good vision habits are a great starting point to ensure proper use of the eyes by keeping your focusing relaxed, and the two of them working well together. Here are some simple, but effective tips!
- Practice the 20:20:20 Rule. Every 20 minutes, look greater than 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
- Your ideal reading and desk work distance should be from the centre of the middle knuckle to the centre of the elbow, measured on the outside of the arm. This distance is unique to every person.
- When studying, place a book mark three or four pages ahead. Get up and move around for at least one minute each time you reach the book mark.
- When reading, occasionally look off at a specific distant object and let its details come into focus. Maintain awareness of other objects and details surrounding them. Do this at least at the end of each page.
- Sit UPRIGHT. Practice holding your back arched while you read and write. Avoid reading while lying on your stomach on the floor. Avoid reading in bed, unless reasonably upright.
- Provide for adequate general lighting as well as good central lighting at the near task. The lighting on the task should be about three times that of the surrounding background.