August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, a perfect time to be reminded of the importance of vision health in young people. This month is designed to promote awareness of eye health as well as how we can keep our children’s eyes safe as they engage in summer activities and prepare for school.
Consider making an appointment with your child’s eye doctor routinely in August, making it just as important as back to school shopping. But don’t stop there. Have their eyes checked during their well-child visits with the pediatrician. You can’t be too cautious. Plus, many schools offer vision tests to every student at the beginning of the school year.
An eye exam can reveal refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, along with these diseases:
- Lazy eyes, aka Amblyopia
- Crossed eyes, aka Strabismus
- Color blindness, aka color deficiency
- Eyelid drooping, aka Ptosis
Be on the lookout for warning signs that could indicate your child has a vision problem, such as:
- Wandering or crossed eyes
- Disinterest in reading or viewing distant objects
- Squinting or turning the head in an unusual way while viewing TV
- Family history of childhood vision issues
Protecting your child’s eye safety is the other component of healthy vision maintenance. Did you know that eye injuries are the top cause of vision loss in children, with about 42,000 sports-related eye injuries happening every year? Keep these basic rules of safety in mind and teach them to your children:
- Don protective eyewear while participating in sports or recreational activities. This can include goggles, eye shields, etc.
- Buy age-appropriate toys for your children; avoid toys with sharp parts that can damage the eye.
- Wear 100% UV blocking sunglasses and a hat with a brim when venturing outside.
- Notify the eye doctor if you notice any changes in vision.
- Don’t hold digital devices too close to the eyes. Give your eyes a break frequently. A comfortable viewing distance and posture is equal to the distance from the chin to the elbow.
- Always wash your hands before touching your eyes.
- Follow the doctor’s instructions for proper contact lens hygiene.
- Don’t shoot objects or spray things at others, especially at the head.
Contact Simon Eye Associates
Help your children enjoy a successful school year by booking a comprehensive eye exam with Simon Eye Associates at 302-239-1933. Throughout this month and the rest of the year, take safety measures to ensure your child’s eyes are free from injury.