August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. It’s almost back-to-school time and you’re preparing back-to-school supplies, schedules, clothes, and a physical. Did you remember to get your child’s eyes checked?
Most children’s eyes are healthy but there are some conditions that can be a threat to good vision. Your child should be examined during regular pediatric appointments and when they turn three, they should start doing visions tests. This month is a perfect time to discuss the importance of eye safety with your children. More than 12 million children suffer from bad vision and eye injuries are the leading cause of vision loss in children. Children should wear protective eyewear while playing sports and always play with age-appropriate toys.
Parents should be aware of signs that may indicate that their child may have vision problems :
- Wandering/Crossed eyes
- Family history of childhood vision problems
- Disinterest in reading or looking at distant objects
- Squinting or turning head in an unusual way while watching television.
Other tips for Children’s Eye Safety
- Get your child an eye exam before school starts
- Kids should wash their hands regularly to reduce the risk of pink eye
- Encourage your kids to give their eyes a rest
- Purchase your children high E-SPF glasses
Schedule your child’s back-to-school eye exam today!