How screen time affects a child's vision

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Parents are often concerned that their child’s seeing too much television and playing video games too much and it’s going to affect their vision. No, it really doesn’t. I often tell them, “No, it’s not going to hurt the eyes, it just hurts the brain.” In other words, they’re wasting their time sometimes with some of these games, but it really doesn’t hurt their eyes. It’s interesting that many years ago, when TVs were first coming out, they actually gave off radiation and we always told patients to stay away from the television, because there was actually radiation. But the new screens are great, there’s no radiation, it doesn’t hurt the vision, they’re fine to do it. But, you know, I tell the parents, I said, “Look what they’re looking at, because they may be just totally wasting their time and some of these kids get on these video games for hours and so, bottom line – it doesn’t hurt the eyes, I don’t think it’s good for stimulating the brain.”

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Kenneth Wright, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

A caring physician, Dr. Kenneth Wright is devoted to the health of children’s eyes. He is an internationally respected pediatric ophthalmologist, and is included in “The Best Doctors in America” and “Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care.”  Dr. Wright is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.  He has developed novel surgical techniques for pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.  Dr. Wright received his medical degree from Boston University and fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Johns-Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC.  Following his fellowships, he then accepted a full-time faculty member position at USC School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where he served for 10 years.  He was later appointed Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, before returning home to Los Angeles to establish a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus center of excellence.  

Dr. Wright has authored of over 100 published scientific papers, seven textbooks including his renowned textbook, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and has lectured worldwide.  He founded the non-profit Wright Foundation with a mission to reduce blindness and suffering in children with eye disorders through research, education, and clinical care. He has established a pediatric eye clinic for underprivileged children.  Important to the Wright Center is the principle that patient care always comes first.  

An interesting personal note is that Dr. Wright’s youngest son developed crossed eyes as an infant requiring surgery and Dr. Wright operated on his own son.  The outcome was excellent and years later his son served in the United States Marine Corps as a top marksman.

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