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 the founder of (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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