Video games and their effects on children’s vision

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The figures are clear. According to Andrés Gené, vice president of the College of Opticians Optometrists in the Region of Valencia, Spain, one out of every three children who visits an optical centre does so as a result of using video games.

However, it is not all visual damage when it comes to video games and consoles, as this type of leisure among the youngest can have positive effects on their vision such as the following:

– It improves the vision contrast sensitivity
– It allows children to develop a more complete spatial visual memory
– It improves the speed of perception responses to visual stimuli

In addition, and from a more global perspective, it improves young children’s reflexes and their ability to concentrate and makes their hand-eye coordination faster. 

The use of video games can be beneficial, but always in moderation 

Specialists believe that a child over the age of 12 should play for a maximum of 1 hour per day, whereas if we talk about children under this age, we should consider a maximum of 30 minutes a day.

In any case, one of the biggest concerns of ophthalmologists with regard to the use of video games by children is the use of screens that are too small and the distance at which these micro screens are with respect to the children’s eyes.

The viewing angle and the short distance may negatively affect the child’s vision, so that experts believe playing games on TV at a distance of about 3 m is more advisable than playing video games on a Smartphone at a distance of 20 cm.

Detecting visual problems in our children

Sometimes it may not be easy to detect problems in our children’s vision. That is why, at Best Doctors, we provide you with a number of signs to watch out for if you want to maintain your children’s good eye health, which is so important at this stage of a child’s growth and learning.

– The child usually squints to read, makes gestures or blinks excessively
– He tires easily or is usually irritable when he has to do any task that involves concentration of the vision such as writing, reading, etc.
– Excessive sensitivity to light
Stiffness of the body when having to observe objects from afar
Reading problems: the child needs to follow the text with their finger

You should see a specialist if you have recognised your child’s normal behaviour in this description.

You could have a privileged point of view

At Best Doctors, we recommend that you never lose sight of your child’s visual health. If you detect a visual problem, you should see your ophthalmologist and, in the case of complex diagnoses or if in doubt, thanks to Best Doctors you will be able to get a privileged view and advice from the best specialists.