21st Century Digital Norm

YOOZOO and Plano aim to raise awareness about the adverse eye health outcomes associated with the unhealthy use of digital devices. We also aim to provide science-based recommendations on how both children and adults can develop healthy relationships with their digital devices through the adoption of good device use habits and practices, which in turn will lessen the adverse effects on their eyes.

Kids on screens

Learn, play, manage

With an estimated 3.5 billion smartphones users and 1.3 billion tablet users worldwide in the year 2020, the rapid and widespread digitisation of the global community has produced obvious benefits to education, communication and leisure, however the growing uptake of smart devices has also led to concerning trends in unhealthy behaviours, most notably among young people. In particular, the age at which children commence utilising smart devices has decreased significantly in recent years, while the amount of time they spend looking at device screens (often at unsafe viewing distances and with poor posture) has increased dramatically. This has resulted in a considerable increase over time in adverse device-related health outcomes among children, including myopia or short-sightedness.

Myopia currently affects approximately 2.6 billion people, and this number is projected to skyrocket to 5 billion people (half the world’s population) by the year 2050. Of these, start using at risk of developing high myopia which is commonly associated with blinding eye diseases. The worsening myopia epidemic is being fueled by a combination of environmental risk factors, including more time being spent on near tasks such as reading and interacting with digital screens and insufficient time spent outdoors during childhood. Myopia is principally a childhood disease and the earlier it develops, the more likely it is to progress to high myopia, so intervening early to modify exposure to these factors is crucial to prevent, slow and manage myopia. This includes better management of screen use.

Adopting these three simple practices will help your child to protect their eyes while they continue to enjoy the many benefits of technology in a healthy way :

  • 1 Take a 3-minute eye break and look into the distance after 30 minutes of screen time.
  • 2 Keep phones and tablets at least 30cm and computer screens at least 60cm away from your eyes during use.
  • 3 Spend at least 2 hours outdoors every day.

Learn more about how planoApp can help you keep your children safe online and protect their eyes. 

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Digital media and you

As digital technology becomes more integrated into our professional, educational and social lives, people of all ages are spending more time than ever staring at screens. This has been shown to increase the risk of a condition called digital eye strain (DES), also known as computer vision syndrome, which is a very common eye disorder that affects both children and adults. Adults who use computers and other digital screens professionally or for educational purposes are at especially high risk of DES, with 50-90% affected. This is associated with significant economic and productivity loss.

How do you know if you have DES?
The symptoms of DES include eye irritation, burning, dryness, redness, sensitivity to light and a loss of the eye’s ability to focus correctly, resulting in blurred vision and headaches.

Adopting these three simple practices can help protect your eyes from digital eye strain while you continue to interact with your digital screens:

  • 1 Take a 3-minute eye break and look into the distance after 30 minutes of screen time.
  • 2 Place computer screens 15-20 degrees below eye level and increase the text size to “Medium” or “Large” on your devices.
  • 3 Install anti-glare/matte screen protectors to reduce reflections on your device screens.

Learn more about how planoApp can help you keep your children safe online and protect their eyes. 

Get an eye check today with planoEyecheck, an easy, affordable and convenient way to make an appointment with an optometrist.

Digital learning, the new norm

The lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in an unprecedented disruption to the education system globally. Affecting almost 1.6 billion learners worldwide, this crisis has demanded innovative responses to deliver new learning measures and ensure learning continuity. The introduction of online home-based learning has now become the central focus of almost every educational system around the world.

With most lessons, homework, and school-related interactions conducted online, many children inevitably fall prey to unhealthy habits in the way they use digital screens such as computers and smart devices, which can lead to eye health problems such as myopia and digital eye strain.

Despite the easing of lockdowns and the gradual reopening of educational institutions, online learning is likely to remain a major component of education and will shape future educational systems. This transformation is evident from the boom in massive online course providers such as Coursera and edX as well as the adoption of a combination of offline and online learning measures by educational institutions. Here are 3 simple tips that children can follow to protect their eyes as they engage in online learning:

  • 1 Take a 3-minute eye break and look into the distance after 30 minutes of screen time.
  • 2 Keep phones and tablets at least 30cm and computer screens at least 60cm away from your eyes during use.
  • 3 Spend at least 2 hours outdoors every day.
  • 1 Take a 3-minute eye break and look into the distance after 30 minutes of screen time.
  • 2 Keep phones and tablets at least 30cm and computer screens at least 60cm away from your eyes during use.
  • 3 Spend at least 2 hours outdoors every day.

Learn more about how planoApp can help you keep your children safe online and protect their eyes. 

Get an eye check today with planoEyecheck, an easy, affordable and convenient way to make an appointment with an optometrist.

Eyes@Work

Many working professionals spend most of their workday staring at computer screens and may also spend significant amounts of time on handheld devices such as smartphones and tablet computers during their breaks or after work. This constant exposure to digital screens has resulted in almost 70% of working adults experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain (DES), which includes blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches, eye irritation, and redness. DES can reduce overall work productivity by up to 20% and causes the global economy billions of dollars every year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced most working adults to adopt ‘work from home’ arrangements, shifting corporate communications from traditional office meetings to online conference channels. This shift towards increased screen exposure has further exacerbated the risk of DES among many working adults.

While this may be unavoidable given the current situation, working adults exposed to prolonged periods of screen time can implement healthy device use habits and practices to minimise adverse effects on their eye health.

Here are 3 simple things that you can do to take better care of your eyes :

  • 1 Take a 3-minute eye break and look into the distance after 30 minutes of screen time
  • 2 Remember to blink regularly (10 – 15 times every minute) when using digital devices.
  • 3 Adjust your screen brightness to match your surrounding brightness and increase the text size to “Medium” or “Large”.

Learn more about how planoApp can help you keep your children safe online and protect their eyes. 

Get an eye check today with planoEyecheck, an easy, affordable and convenient way to make an appointment with an optometrist.

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