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.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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