With summer coming to an end, it’s time for parents to start getting their back-to-school plans together. Most parents intuitively know getting ready for the new school year means purchasing new backpacks, notebooks, clothes, and other school supplies, but are your child’s eyes prepared for another year of learning? August is Children’s Eye Health Month, a reminder for parents to schedule regular comprehensive eye exams for their children to ensure their child’s eyes are both healthy and ready to partake in learning. We will explore the benefits of regular comprehensive eye exams for children, vision problems to look out for, and safety tips for protecting children’s eyes from injury.
Eye exams for children ensure they can learn without visual interference. An optometrist can detect common eye issues in children like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, as well as serious eye issues like color blindness, lazy eye, drooping eyelid, and crossed eyes. A child should receive their first eye exams at six months, age 3, and before entering the first grade. Regular eye exams are essential for children, as untreated eye conditions can worsen and become difficult to treat.
Good eyesight is instrumental for children’s learning and development. Unfortunately, many children do not realize they have a vision problem. Undetected vision problems can lead to learning issues and behavioral problems in children. Here are some signs to look out for to ensure your child isn’t suffering from a vision problem.
- Squinting, eye rubbing, or tilting the head while reading the whiteboard.
- Holding a book too close to their face or consistent use of their finger when reading.
- Excessive tearing, light sensitivity, wandering eyes, and digital eye strain when using digital devices.
A crucial component of school besides learning is partaking in sports and other recreational activities. Unfortunately, thousands of children will suffer related eye injuries due to physical activities. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your child does not suffer an accidental eye injury.
- Children should wear suitable eye protection when playing sports or partaking in other recreational activities.
- Children should only play with age-appropriate toys and avoid ones with sharp protruding components or fire projectiles.
- One should store cleaning supplies, sprays, and other household chemicals away from children.