By Oregon Retina Center
August 19, 2014
Category: Eye care
This August it’s time to put your child’s eye health first! We can’t believe August is already here! In only a few weeks your child will be starting school again. Perhaps you’re already shopping for back-to-school clothes and classroom goodies; however, during all this hustle and bustle have you thought about their eye health? If not, this month is a great time to do so, as August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!
Protect Your Child’s Eyes
While children are often lucky enough to have healthy eyes, there are still conditions and problems that could affect their vision. Here are some things you can do to make sure your children’s eyes stay healthy and strong:
- Make sure your pediatrician is checking your child’s eyes during regular visits. Vision testing is pretty standard after the age of three. Look for these warning signs of vision problems in your child: Squinting when watching TV, Crossed or wandering eyes, Inattentiveness to objects that are far away
- Tell your pediatrician if there is any family history of vision problems or eye disorders
- If you’re concerned about lazy eye, color blindness, crossed eyes, nearsightedness or farsightedness, then talk to your child’s doctor.
The Role Eye Safety in Your Life
Now that your doing everything you can to ensure that their eye health is in good hands, it’s time to consider how eye safety can play into your child’s life. Whether they are little athletes in the making or just enjoying playing outside with friends, there are a host of injuries that can happen. In fact, more than 12 million children suffer from some kind of vision impairment, and eye injuries are often the leading cause of vision loss in children. About 42,000 sports-related eye injuries occur each year, and most of these injuries happen to children. So what can you do to ensure that your child’s safety?
- Make sure your child always wears the appropriate eyewear and protective gear while playing sports. Sure, your child might not always like putting on a helmet or facemask to play a game, but this is a surefire way to keep eye injuries at bay.
- Choose age-appropriate toys for your child. Also, avoid toys that are sharp or having protruding pieces.
Above all, the most important thing you can do this month (and for every month after) is set a good example for your children. If you’re an athlete, make sure you’re always wearing the proper gear, and get your vision checked annually. Show your kids that eye health is just as important to you and they will be more likely attribute the same importance to their vision.
If you have any questions about you or your child’s eyes, we are always here to answer any questions or concerns you have. Pick up the phone and give us a call!