Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

A new school year is starting soon, and parents everywhere are getting their kids ready for school. One of the most important things to do is to make sure the kids start their school year healthy, especially their eye health.

Every parent wants their child to succeed in school and healthy eyesight plays a vital role. Reading, writing, and exposure to computer screens are among the visual demands of a student. Vision plays an important role in children’s physical, cognitive, and social development. 

Some schools offer free vision screenings, a relatively short examination that can indicate the presence of a vision problem. 

Vision screenings are intended to identify undetected vision problems that may result in a referral for a further examination. 

Factors that can limit the effectiveness are infrequent testing, examiners experience, and equipment. Therefore, it is best to have an eye check-up with a specialist.

Most vision problems can be managed through regular eye examinations. Here are signs that a child may have vision problem:

  • Sensitive to light
  • Constant rubbing of the eyes
  • poor focus
  • poor visual tracking (following an object)
  • abnormal alignment or movement of the eyes (after 6 months of age)
  • chronic redness or tearing of the eyes
  • a white pupil instead of black
  • being unable to see objects at a distance
  • having trouble reading the blackboard
  • squinting
  • difficulty reading
  • sitting too close to the TV

Even if you think your child has a perfect vision, it is still best to have an annual eye exam to ensure your kid’s eye health as preventive measures.

Common Eye Problems

  • Amblyopia (“lazy eye”) a condition that occurs in children in which one eye has poorer vision than the other.
  • Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes; they may turn in, out, up, or down.
  • Refractive errors mean that the shape of the eye doesn’t refract (bend) light properly, so images appear blurred. 
      • Nearsightedness is poor distance vision (also called myopia), which is usually treated with glasses or contacts.
      • Farsightedness (also called hyperopia), which a person can see distant objects but blurry for the nearby ones.
      • Astigmatism is an irregularly shaped cornea or lens prevents light from focusing properly on the retina.

Early detection can help save your children’s sight and reduce the risk of serious eye problems later in life. It’ a simple as scheduling an eye exam for them

 

After all, most of their activities and progress this year will depend on it. Contact an eye doctor near you.

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