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LIFESTYLE by KRISS on 06 june 2018

CHANGING GLASSES Reaching the grand age of 15 years old my son (of whom I am very proud for many many things) has changed a lot.
First, he’s outgrown me by nearly a head now and doesn’t seem to get tired from mocking my small person now.
He also gained some maturity and a long lost object we purchased 3 years ago resurfaced : his pair of glasses !

- My eyes are tired was the way he put it.
- No kidding, you spend your days in the dark in front of a computer screen and your eyes hurt ?

But as anyone raising teenagers will know, parent’s words are of little importance so we treated the little (big) boy to a consult with an ophtalmologist.
And guess what, her diagnosis was the same as mine ! His eyesight hasn’t budge an iota and is good but he’s starting to get strabism, meaning his eyes muscles are weak and struggle to adapt to change of distances.
Also we discovered the last 3 years spent in front of a computer in spite of the many fights, many arguments, many punitions etc… with no blue light filtering surely will have damaged his retina and for good.

Now my son being intelligent and reasonable his reaction was that of a chain smoker who know they have to quit but still try to get their way (and if I only keep smoking like 5 a day… I know the feeling I’ve been there).
The verdict is :

- No more computer inside a dim lit cabin.
- 20 minutes on, 20 seconds break looking something at a min distance of 6 meters.
- glasses on.
- exercises to retrain the eyes.

As my son was struggling to understand this although it was very well explained I cut it short : “Look Tom you have 2 options; either you listen to the professional’s advice and do as she says or you don’t and keep doing things you way; but if you don’t follow the advice then you cannot complain to me that your eyes are sore and you have 1 set of eyes for a lifetime”.

I’m upset because I’ve been giving Tom a hard time about screens for years and I never went as far as my gut feeling was telling me to go (throwing the damn screens out of the house).
Family pressure around me was too great.

- You can’t do that, it’s their generation, you can’t understand, they all do it.
- If you cut him from this he’ll be devastated etc…

Also, I weakly gave in because at least I knew what he was doing and at some point I really didn’t want him out with the kind of friends he was making at school.

Raising kids is a complicated one (says the man whose 13 year old daughter went within a few months from calling me Dad with love in her eyes to referring to me as “him” with pity looks at best) and this era is not making things easier for willing parents to make a good job.
So this is also my thank you to all the people who counter work the way I raise them by supporting my kids 100% through their fuss and tantrums while making me look like the bad guy.
Well, the monster I am who has decided to teach them life on a sailboat rather than standardised life with consumerism is giving you the same piece of advice as the title of this post… Maybe you should be… changing glasses !

#computers #mankindisdoomed

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