Children’s Eye Health and Safety

childrens eye health

Ring! Ring! Ring! The school bell is ‘ringing’ earlier and earlier each year

Grab your backpack, pencils, and most importantly, in August, an eye exam for your little ones. Coincidentally, August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

It is a good idea to have your child’s eyes examined by their general practitioner as early as the age of three. The general practitioner will be able to identify any safety and health issues. Doc’ will even help identify common diseases associated with refractive errors such as these:

  • Strabismus, commonly known as cross-eye
  • Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy-eye
  • Ptosis, when eyelids are excessively droopy
  • Color blindness
  • Farsightedness
  • Nearsightedness
  • Astigmatism

If the general practitioner or yourself suspects that your child has a severe issue with their eyes, you can receive a referral to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist.

Here are a few warning signs that may indicate your child may be experiencing a severe vision health issue:

  • Crossing or wondering eyes
  • Family history of vision issues
  • Showing a lack of interest in looking at objects that are near or far
  • Squinting excessively while reading
  • Unusually turning head while watching Netflix

Did you know that the leading cause of vision loss in children is an eye injury?

Eye safety is just as important as maintaining healthy vision. In America alone, there are over 43,000 sports-related eye injuries, with children suffering most of these injuries. Help your child avoid becoming a part of this statistic by remembering these basic rules of safety:

  • Wear protective gear while playing sports, such as goggles
  •  Practice functional eye safety at home
  • Avoid using bleach products that cause 125,000 eye injuries a year
  • Be aware during home improvements
  • Nails are flying around – never a good idea!

Make it a successful year of learning and playing by getting eyes checked and following these safety measures above

Your children will thank you when they’re older for booking their comprehensive eye exam appointments. Please see the following resources for more information about your child’s eye safety and vision health:

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4 Reasons to Get Your Eyes Checked for Healthy Vision

When was the last time you had your eyes checked?

May is a great month to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor as it’s Healthy Vision Month. The National Eye Institute (NEI) established this month in May 2003 to set a national observance of eye health and wellness. Keeping your eyes healthy is imperative. Here are a few simple ways that you can proactively maintain your eyes healthy.

Get a checkup

The old, “tell me what letter this is” from top to bottom still exists at the eye doctor’s office (and for a good reason). It’s essential to get your eyes looked at by a professional to make sure you’re in good eye health, possess good vision, and are free of diseases.

Protect your eyes with protective eyewear for Healthy Vision

Whether you’re playing sports, cutting down a tree, or reading a book, it’s essential to wear the proper eyewear needed to prevent any injuries to your eyes. Pick out a pair of cool sunglasses to wear all summer long to protect against the harsh rays from the sun.

Take a break from screens

You can develop a severe strain in your eyes from staring at a computer screen or your phone for too long. Taking a break from looking at your screen can significantly benefit your eyes. When possible, take a break from looking at screens.

Eat smart

Several foods boost the health of your eyes. Head over to the local farmers’ market with this list of eye-boosting foods.

During this month, take advantage of resources on how to take care of your eyes.  Visit one of the local Optometrists in your city for more information.

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