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Virtual Learning and Eye health

Happy September! As we are approaching the last quarter of the year, Crescent City Optical is still taking precautions in the office to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This year back to school is a bit different due to COVID-19, and we are aware of the many needs of students. Many students are doing virtual learning, which can cause eye strain and headaches if the students are not wearing their eyeglasses. Crescent City Optical has a wide variety of frames for students.

Virtual Learning tips according to the Opthalmology Times,

students should follow these tips for eye health.

  • Set a timer. Whether a kitchen timer or a smart device, use it to remind your child to take a break every 20 minutes.

  • Alternate reading an e-book with a real book. Encourage children to look up and out the window every two chapters or simply shut their eyes for 20 seconds.

  • Pre-mark books with paperclips every few chapters. When they reach a paper clip, it will remind them lookup. On an e-book, use the "bookmark" function for the same effect.

  • Make sure they view laptops at arm’s length, about 18 to 24 inches from where they are sitting. Ideally, they should have a monitor positioned at eye level, directly in front of the body. Tablets should also be held at arm's length.

  • To reduce glare, position the light source behind the back, not behind the computer screen.

  • Adjust the brightness and contrast on the screen so that it feels comfortable for them.

  • Do not use a device outside or in brightly lit areas; the glare on the screen can cause eye strain.

  • Avoid using a device in a dark room. As the pupil expands to accommodate the darkness, the brightness of the screen can aggravate after-images and cause discomfort.

  • Put down the device 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime. Blue light may disrupt sleep. For your procrastinating teens, switch to “night mode” or a similar mode to reduce blue light exposure.\

Following these tips can make a difference in preventing eye strain and headaches. If you have any other questions and concerns give us a call at 504-347-9988 or contact us on our website

Work Cited

Hutton, David. “Ophthalmologists Anticipate Virtual Learning Will Drive Increase in Eye Strain.” Ophthalmology Times, 14 Aug. 2020,

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