IN THIS technology-driven world, more and more children are getting into the habit of using electronic devices.
They are getting hooked to the screen with the continuous exposure to smart phones, tablets or laptops. They intently stare at a tablet device, a phone, or a gaming device.
While this development is making kids more adept at technology, there is a downside to it, especially if the gadget use runs up to several hours a day. Health issues may come up.
In fact, out of more than 2,000 pupils in Don Manuel H. Gutierrez Sr. Elementary School of Matina District, 47 of them were examined having eyesight problems. For this, the school was chosen as a recipient of a Better Vision Project. The beneficiaries received free prescriptive eyeglasses after an eye examination.
“I found out that most of you have eyesight problem due to long exposure to gadgets and computer. That is why, you really have to take good care of the eyeglasses you received. That will help much in you studies,” Dr. Lynnel Dionela-Caigas, optometrist of Prosight Optical Incorporated, said.
“An hour or less will do when using computers or other gadgets. Do not expose yourself too much. Like other things, do it in moderation,” she added.
Dr. Dominador Dagohoy, Principal II, extended his gratitude to the sponsors and expressed that the project was really of great help especially to the pupils who have poor vision or eyesight problems.
The said project was sponsored by Latter-day Saints (LDS) Charities, RGMA Super Radyo Davao in coordination with Prosight Optical Incorporated, Davao City and Department of Education - Davao City Division on February 4, 2019. (Janice D. Montalvo, DepEd-Matina)