Story by: Sara Sidery on February 16, 2022
Spending too much time staring at a screen, such as a phone, tablet or computer, can cause digital eyestrain, a key trigger in headaches, and with online school and fewer in-person activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, screen time among many children is at an all-time high.
“If your child has developed headaches, it’s important to look at their screen-time use,” said Elizabeth S. Doll, M.D., child neurologist with Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. “These headaches could be related to eyestrain, and it’s worth making some habit changes surrounding their digital devices to see if symptoms improve.”
The child neurologists at Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute are leading providers of migraine and headache care for children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Call (502) 588-3650 to learn more.
Parents can help prevent their child’s headaches caused by digital eyestrain with the following tips.
Symptoms of digital eyestrain include headaches, especially around the eyes and temples, dry, itching or burning eyes, and blurry vision. Poor posture while viewing screens also can cause headaches by straining the neck and back.