Children’s Eye Health and Safety
August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and a time to remember routine eye exams at a young age are imperative, to identify conditions that can be corrected early. Here’s what you should know regarding eye health and safety for children…
Start Annual Eye Exams Early
Babies should have their first exam when they’re 6-months-old to ensure their eyes are developing normally. These early visits may be instrumental in discovering serious problems that can start to affect your child more as he or she ages. Eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early.
At the age of 2 or 3, children can be tested for specific conditions and overall vision strength. Identifying nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism early on may help overcome any sight-related obstacles to learning and development.
Make sure your doctor has as much information as possible about your family’s eye-health history because genetics can play a major role. If a child starts to exhibit worrisome symptoms like an inability to focus, excessive watery eyes or drooping eyelids, schedule an appointment with a pediatric eye doctor right away.
Encourage Healthy Eye Habits Throughout Life
For children with generally healthy eyes, the following good habits may reduce the risk of developing serious eye conditions like glaucoma or cataracts later in life:
Healthy Diet: One rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is essential. Specifically, omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, and vitamin C all support good eye health.
No Direct Sun Exposure: Protect small children from direct sun exposure and encourage older children to wear sunglasses whenever they go outside.
Cleanliness: Discourage children and teenagers from using each others’ eye drops, makeup, and prescription glasses. Remind children to wash their hands before touching their eyes. Hand-to-eye contact is one of the main ways conjunctivitis or “pink eye” spreads.
Children of all ages learn by the examples their parents set. If you place a great deal of importance on annual eye exams and healthy eye routines, then your children will likely adopt the same habits.
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Instructions and Disclaimer: The content on this website is designed for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses. Always consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your health.
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