Eye safety and health are very important for children of all ages. Poor or damaged vision can have a serious impact on a child’s ability to thrive, especially if a condition goes undiagnosed. Children’s Eye Safety Month is a reminder to us all regarding this important topic.
Scheduling your child’s eye exam:
If you haven’t already, now is a good time to schedule your child’s next eye exam. The new school year is fast approaching, which means good sight is especially important. Even if nothing is wrong, your child should still maintain a regular checkup schedule to ensure that any problems are caught early. Well-child visits should begin at age three and continue as your little one grows so your optometrist or ophthalmologist can check for common issues like:
- Lazy eye (amblyopia)
- Crossed eyes (strabismus)
- Drooping eyelid (ptosis)
- Color blindness
Protect your child’s eyes:
There are a number of things you can do to protect your child’s eyes all year long including:
- Always put protective eyewear on children when participating in activities and sports that may cause eye injury.
- Buy toys that are age-appropriate and do not have any sharp, protruding parts.
- Use proper UV and HEV eye protection when spending time outdoors.
- Supply children with a nutritious diet to keep their eyes healthy.
Parents can also watch children for signs of illness including: a disregard in viewing objects that are far away, disinterest in reading, frequent squinting or head turning while watching TV, and crossed or wandering eyes. Schedule an eye exam for your child today with your family optometrist and protect their ability to see the world!