Helpful Tips to Slow Down Nearsightedness For Children
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep your child out of glasses, or at the least, slow down the progression of myopia (nearsightedness)?
We can – for starters, follow the 3 exercises and rules below – make them part of your life whether you are a child, a college student or a working adult.
- Make a fist and put your fist on your chin. See where your elbow is? Whenever you read or use any electronic devices – do not bring it closer than where your elbow is. We call this the Harmon distance – anything closer than this creates more stress and strain on your focusing system, and this can cause the eyes to elongate and become (or increase) nearsightedness.
- 20/20/20 rule: When doing any near point tasks (reading, computer or other electronic devices) – set a timer for 20 minutes then look away at least 20 feet for at least 20 seconds – doing some deep breathing before continuing your near point task. At the 1-hour point, you should get up and stretch for 5 minutes. This balances the Ying and Yang – the far and near stress is reduced.
- Never read on a flat desk; this forces your body to arch forward, tensing your neck muscles to keep your head from falling to the desk. Use the back of your chair to assist in maintaining proper posture. 20 % of the nerves leaving the back of your eyes communicate with the nerves in your neck. Stressed nerves in your neck may have a negative affect on your vision, causing the eyes to work harder which can increase myopia. When working at a flat desk, prop up your work material by using a box of tissues or purchase a slant board on Amazon or E Bay. Share this with your child’s teacher.