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Now that summer vacation is in full swing, are your children putting in some serious time with their video games? You might want to set some limits to how long they play — especially if they play games that are in 3D.

A video game with three-dimensional, or 3D, graphics displays a realistic environment that appears to have height, width and depth.

Many of these games come with a warning sticker that says they should not be used by young children because the 3D visuals can put a strain on their still-developing vision.

Eye strain

The eye-popping images are composed using two offset images with slight differences. This can create a potential for eye strain, says pediatric ophthalmologist Allison Babiuch, MD.

“That causes a problem for your eyes,” Dr. Babiuch says. “This is because your eyes are used to focusing in a certain way. Then your brain processes that information to tell the distance of the image.”

Other factors can affect your child’s vision as well. For example, the closer your child sits to the screen or the more pronounced the 3D technology is, the more likely it is to cause a vision problem.

Possible symptoms associated with 3D imagery can include headaches, eye strain and fatigue.

As long as your child doesn’t have any known problem with their eyes, Dr. Babiuch says, it’s okay for them to use 3D video games — just not all day long.

When to see a doctor

Dr. Babiuch says it’s important to pay attention to any changes in your child’s vision.

If your child complains of blurry vision or if one or both eyes do not appear to be pointing straight, it’s time to see a doctor for an evaluation.

There is no research that demonstrates long-term eye damage from 3D video games, Dr. Babiuch says. But parents should keep a close watch on how much total screen time their kids are exposed to — whether it’s 3D or not.

“There have been no published research studies that have shown that it causes any permanent problems. But 3D video games can, with prolonged use, cause children to have a headache or to have blurry vision or to have a crossing eye,” Dr. Babiuch says.

Eliminating video games from your child’s life is unrealistic. But because you can’t control it completely, the best thing to do is put limits to them.

Dr. Babiuch recommends that parents limit their children’s time with 3D technology the same way they limit all screen time — to two hours or less per day. For younger children, screen time should be even less.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/06/3d-technology-can-affect-childs-vision/

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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