Eye doctors concerned about children’s eyes in shift to virtual learning

Local doctor shares concerns for children's eyes while virtual learning

TULSA, Okla. — Eye doctors are concerned about children who are making the switch to virtual learning this upcoming school year.

Dr. Monte Harrell of Harrell Eyecare in Tulsa says this could be a risk for child eye health.

Dr. Harrell says looking at a screen close up can cause muscle strain and you blink less when looking at a screen which can cause dry eye.

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There is the blue light that comes from computer screens that Dr. Harrell says can be harmful, so he recommends getting blue light-filtering glasses.

He recommends an “eye break” every ten minutes where children should spend a minute looking at something far away to help with muscle strain and blinking, and regular visits to an eye doctor.

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