Child Eye Care Tips

Fall is the start of the school year, and it’s also an excellent time to check all aspects of your child’s health. Plus, since so much of their work and play in school will involve their vision, you need to take steps to ensure not only that your child’s eyes are in good shape but also that they stay that way amid all the bustle of the new school year.

Here are our tips for child eye care, at the start of the school year as well as year round.

child washing handsWash Your Hands. Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is spread, especially before eating meals, by contact along with many other infections. So have your child wash their hands frequently, especially before eating meals, and avoid touching their eyes. 

Give Your Eyes a Break. Encourage your child to rest every 30 to 40 minutes to avoid eye strain. Also make sure their workspace is lighted properly and that their computer set up is adjusted to fit a child rather than an adult.

Wear Protective Eyewear. Sports related eye injuries are all too common. Have your child wear the proper eye protection for their sports activities and lenses with blue tech technology to protect them from harmful lights emitted by screens.

Wear Sunglasses. UV rays can be harmful and over time can lead to a number of problems. Provide sunglasses for your child that have high E-SPF protection.

Eat a Balanced Diet. Make sure your child eats a well-balanced diet with green and red leafy vegetable including carrots and spinach as well as yellow fruits like mangoes and papayas. They all have carotene with is very healthy for eyes.

Schedule Regular Eye. Prior to age 5 your pediatrician should provide eye checkups. After age 5, screenings should be done at school and with your child’s primary doctor. If your child has eyeglasses or contacts, annual checkups are required.

Watch for any Signs of Vision Problems. You should always be on the watch for any signs of vision problems. See my blog post, “Common Eye Problems in Children,” for further insight into the problems to watch for in your child. 

We Can Help

These are a few of the tips you should be following to make sure your child’s vision is receiving the best eye care possible. Another tip is to work with the best eye care health professionals. At Vision Source Plano, we’ve got both you and your child covered.

Use our contact form or call us at 972-612-2099 to schedule your child’s appointment.

Disclaimer: The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. 

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