Our readers have probably heard a lot about the Clear Vision Recipe. But what is the science behind it and why is it so important to follow it?
Clear evidence for clear vision.
Scoops of good distance. Dashes of eye breaks. Heaps of time outdoors. MyPower. They’re fun to say, and easy to do, but have you ever wondered why these 4 steps are so important? In the Plano Adventures books, Zed and Zee power up on Clear Vision to defeat their nemesis, Lord Myopic. This kind of gives you a clue on what Clear Vision does – it helps to keep myopia (and other eye health issues) at bay, but how exactly?
Scoops of good distance.
In the recipe, it reminds the reader to hold their books and devices at least 30cm away from their eyes. As reported in the plano reports, unnecessary near work activity can contribute to myopia. Spending prolonged periods of time on near tasks like reading and writing increases the axial length of the eyes. The increase in the eye’s axial length allows your eyes to focus on near objects at the expense of further objects thereby contributing to near-sightedness (myopia).
Therefore, it is important that your child doesn’t place his/her devices or books too close to his/her eyes. That way, your child’s eyes won’t be under so much stress, and he/she can prevent myopia from progressing.
Dashes of eye breaks.
When your child doesn’t take eye breaks his/her eyes get tired. If your child uses his/her device for too long without eye breaks in between, he/she might develop Digital Eye Strain (DES). Our plano reports reported that exposure to blue light from smart device screens may cause DES-related symptoms such as dry eyes and eye fatigue. Therefore, taking eye breaks is important to prevent irritated eyes and to relieve your eyes of strain and stress. The 20-20-20 rule also applies here – for every 20 minutes of device use, look away at an object placed 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Heaps of time outdoors.
Who doesn’t love time outdoors? It’s refreshing, fun, and you feel free. Research has shown that when children spend at least 2 hours outdoors in the sun, the risk of contracting myopia is reduced to 20%. The sun is your best bet to keep myopia at bay so it’s important that your child spends heaps of time outdoors.
The power is in your hands.
Last, but definitely not least, is MyPower. It’s up to you and your child to follow all these tips to keep their eyes healthy and safe from myopia. Every one of us has the power to change our device habits, your children included! So let’s get to it and safeguard our eyes from myopia.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Clear Vision Recipe, check out The Plano Adventures! The Plano Adventures is an illustrated early chapter book series loaded with science-based facts meant for children. The books bring your child on a wondrous journey through Professor Plano’s world and teach your child about the importance of developing good eye care habits, cyberbullying, gaming addiction, and more!. You can buy the whole set of 5 books in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository.