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Various tablet and phone applications are currently being used to improve the quality of life of the low vision patients

There are many studies on the neurodevelopmental effects of monitors for babies and children, namely computers, tablets, televisions or mobile phones. Various tablet and phone applications are currently being used to improve the quality of life of the low vision patients and enable them to use their vision more effectively. Similarly, it is known that ergotherapy programs used for rehabilitation of low vision are transferred to electronic environment and that tablet applications are used as a source of short-term visual stimuli similar to the amblyopia treatments used at home.

The importance of short-term visual stimuli in visual and cognitive rehabilitation is known, but the use of electronic media for this purpose has not yet been found in practice. The role of long-term screen exposure in the progression of myopia is known. However, it is thought that electronic devices that will be used for habilitation or rehabilitation will not affect myopic progression as they contain programs to be used only for visual and cognitive stimulation by setting time limits in parental control.

The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics do not approve screen exposure before age 2. In fact, it is more of a risk-based proposal than an evidence-based proposal. One of these risks is that children's language development is affected negatively by the sounds they hear on the screens, and the other is that babies are left uncontrolled in front of the screen in a sedentary manner and are negatively affected by neurodevelopment. Although the application of Caneye is quite controlled in terms of these risks, the recommendations of WHO and AAP are presented to the families at the introduction of the application.

In order to eliminate the negative effects of screen exposure of babies or children, the application time was limited to 40 minutes by dividing into 2 during the day, 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. If the family exceeds 40 minutes, the screen will display a warning that this is wrong and may have a negative impact on the baby or child. If, however, the family continues to keep the display open, the display will automatically turn off after one hour and the application will end for that day. The design of the colors and shapes that form the interior of the application has been adjusted so as not to have a negative impact on the mental development of the baby or the child. Frequent and sharp movements and loud sounds are not used. It is emphasized that it is wrong for children or infants with light-induced epilepsy to use the application without asking their doctor at the beginning of the application.

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