There’s a phenomenal white paper published by Hoya on Eyes in a Digital Era, with an international clinical faculty headed by the world-renowned Dr. Willis Clem Maples. Its authors are from the USA, the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Latvia, and Poland.
Topics include the effects of blue light, visual and ocular symptoms, near visual function, and the impact on children’s visual development and learning. Here are some highlights:
The section authored by Dr. Maples features quality of life (QOL) factors and in-office vision therapy.
Alicja Brenk-Krakowska summarizing key issues related to children’s vision (pages 28-31), noting: “The use of computers and other e-devices has positive, detrimental and also unknown consequences on children’s vision. It is important to realize how children should use e-devices in order to find a balance between protecting their vision and allowing them to develop in the digital world.” Alicja concludes with the following powerful statement: “Thus, we need to consider how much time children should spend using e-devices and what e-devices are appropriate for each age group, especially since the currently used standards appear to be obsolete and children spend more time than recommended in front of digital screens.“
Professor Gunta Krumina reports on original research (pages 32-37) demonstrating that schoolchildren with learning difficulties have a wide range of near-vision problems, and pointing out that: “Children do not always complain; it is easier for a child not to read than tell their parents or teacher about any visual discomfort during reading.”
Professor Giancarlo Montani concludes with a concise overview about the potential benefits and caveats of blue light, and blue light filtering spectacle lenses. Blue light filters may be indicated for adolescents to regulate the circadian rhythms, since multimedia are used during the day and until bedtime, increasing light exposure, particularly in the blue light range. However, the prescription of blue light filters for adolescents may reduce the possible positive effects of short wavelengths on prevention of myopia progression. This will be an interesting trend to follow.