You may already be busy with Back to School shopping, orientation and checkups, but make make sure your little one’s eye care is up to date. You can’t afford to take any chances with your child’s eye care safety!
Here are 6 simple ways to maintain eye health and prevent vision problem in young kids:
- Schedule an Eye Exam – Good vision plays an important role in your child’s academic success, and vision problems could mean that fall behind their peers. While many schools conduct eye tests during the school year, this may happen weeks or even months later.
If your child has blurred vision, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, they could lose out on learning time or even face serious vision complications down the line. Scheduling an eye exam before school starts is the best way to detect and treat problems early, and keep them from getting worse.
- Prioritize Good Hygiene – School offers a ripe playing field for infections such as conjunctivitis or pinkeye, which are easily transferred through dirty hands or contaminated surfaces. Teach your kids to wash their hands regularly, and avoid touching or rubbing their eyes.
In addition to the risk of getting germs, dirt and foreign objects into their eyes, rubbing can also cause abrasions or small tears in the cornea. To avoid injury and eye disease, little ones should to wash their hands before touching eyes, and splash them with clean water in case of irritation.
- Get Protective Eye Wear – Sports are fun, but they can also expose your child to all manner of injuries, especially eye injury. With the high number of sports-related eye injuries that take place in school, you need to educate your kids about proper eye protection and safety.
Encourage them to wear protective goggles or helmet-mounted face shields during contact sports, as well as swimming goggles to protect against chlorine and germs when they’re in the pool. If your child has other hobbies such as wood shop, get the right eye wear to keep them safe.
- Make Screen Time Safer – Digital eye strain is a common complaint for people using computers for extended periods, but it’s becoming a problem among children too. Discourage your child from spending long hours staring at the TV, computer, mobile phone or other electronic screens.
Teach your little ones to maintain a proper distance between the screen and their eyes to prevent strain. Also, ensure that they’re working in well-lit areas while using electronic devices or reading books, so their eyes don’t have to work so hard to focus on the screen/page.
- Encourage Proper Rest – Your child may spend most of their time hitting the books or working on the computer when the school year gets underway, but they need proper rest too. Without it, they’re more likely to be tired and irritable, or even face concentration and learning problems.
For healthy eyes, encourage them to sleep well, step outdoors for fresh air and exercise, take frequent breaks while reading and using digital screens, and blink often. If their eyes get enough rest, there’s a lower risk of eye strain, dry eye, blurred vision, headaches, backaches, and more.
- Feed Them Right – Are carrots good for eyes? Does diet really affect vision care? Yes! Your child needs to eat foods that boost eye health, especially during the early years. You need to ensure they get the right nutrients is with a balanced diet, which is your responsibility.
Yellow foods such as carrots, mango and papaya are rich in beta-carotene, which helps our bodies process eye-friendly Vitamin A. Green leafy veggies such as spinach, kale and broccoli are loaded with healthy vitamins, while omega-3 fatty acids in fish, nuts and whole grains are also essential for eye health.
Eyes are both delicate and important, so it’s crucial to look after them right. Help your child understand proper eye care, eye protection, precautions and safety, and bring them to InSight Vision Center for a checkup today!