TV Safety for Vision

TV Safety for Vision

I’ve been asked to help solve a family dispute between Nathaniel Toney and his wife of Laurel, Maryland. One was taught that children should always watch TV with a lamp on to protect the eyes; the other learned that watching in the dark is safer. Which is it?

Pediatric ophthalmologist, Joan Goble, M.D., assured me that (as I suspected) it makes no difference. Whichever they prefer is fine. My concern is to limit TV viewing to 1-2 hours per day, so that the kids can exercise their minds and their bodies with active play.

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Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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