July 27, 2022
Spending time outdoors can significantly benefit children’s vision. To encourage children to spend more time outside and less time in front of screens, the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC) has launched the Screen Staycation campaign.
When kids are outside for just 76 extra minutes each day, it can reduce their risk of myopia by 50%. However, it isn’t hard to spend that time indoors playing video games or scrolling through social media. With the Screen Staycation campaign, GMAC is challenging consumers to go 24 hours without using any screens at home. To encourage success with this summer challenge, parents can request a Screen Staycation Kit, which comes with items that can protect children’s ocular health and make time away from screens even easier. The kit also includes ideas on what families can do on their day without screens and information about myopia and the current treatment options.
To gain insight into the benefits of the Screen Staycation, Review of Myopia Management’s Editor-in-Chief John Sailer sat down with Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FAAMOC, and Nitin Jain, Co-Chairperson, Marketing Committee, GMAC, Chief Commercial Officer, Euclid. They discussed the importance of getting children off of screens this summer, spending time outside, and GMAC’s goal of spreading awareness of childhood myopia.
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