5 WAYS YOU CAN PRACTICE HEALTHY CHILDREN’S EYE CARE
by LMCW™ Creative Services
Did you know that nearly 25% of children suffer from vision problems? Children often have a hard time articulating their visual impediments, which is all the more troubling considering that a good majority of their education is visually-based. If you’re determined to find the very best eye care for your child, here are 5 ways you can protect your child’s vision.
1. BE PREPARED FOR SUNNY DAYS
Make sure your kids know never to look into the sun. When they go outside on a sunny day, you can take extra measures to protect their eyes with 100% UV Ray-blocking sunglasses and a hat.
2. HERE’S THE RUB
When kids get something in their eyes, it’s their first instinct to start rubbing them; however, rubbing the eyes can actually make it worse. It’s important to teach children that when they get something in their eyes, they should find an adult to help them wash it out.
3. CARROTS AND MORE
It’s not just carrots—there’s plenty of foods that you can introduce into your child’s diet to promote better eye health. Berries and citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C, a vitamin that’s great for strengthening the structures of the eyes. Nuts and seeds also contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, but dark green vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two substances that are crucial for preventing eye diseases like macular degeneration.
4. LOOK FOR THE SIGNS
Did you know that most children’s visions fully develop around the ages of 9-11? The earlier a visual impairment is caught, the better chance you have of possibly fixing a vision problem–and the earlier you can help your child regain normalcy. Watch out for warning signs that your child is experiencing vision problems:
Child is constantly squinting to see
Constant eye rubbing
Frequently tilting the head to see better
Sitting too close to a TV, holding up a book too close
Eyes hurt when reading computer or TV screen
Avoidance of activities that require near vision (reading) or far away vision (sports)
5. GET A PROPER EYE EXAM
Even if your child passes their eye exam with flying colors, that doesn’t mean they’re not experiencing some kind of vision problem. It’s hard to catch the presence of a vision problem or an eye disease in children, so it’s essential that kids undergo regular eye exams. And not just a vision screening, either; a vision screening isn’t comprehensive enough to give you a status on your child’s complete eye health. Instead, younger patients should get an eye examination like adults do.
WHAT’S IN AN EYE EXAMINATION?
During a proper eye exam, your child’s medical and family history will be examined, their visual acuity will be tested, and other factors like ocular motility, binocular vision, and accommodative function will be evaluated. It will also include:
Testing for refractive error
Health examination for ocular health
Visual perceptual development testing (if appropriate)
This is your child—don’t settle for anything less than a caring, top of the line practice.