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How to Improve Weak Eyesight in Children

Posted by Dr. Danny P. Malone on Nov 22, 2016 1:21:46 PM

There are a few ways to improve eyesight in children and adults. These chiefly have to do with nutrition and exercise. And, of course, getting the proper amount of rest and relaxation is just as important to maintaining overall vision health. 

Exercise

Yes, you and your child can engage in a number of eye exercises to help improve and maintain vision. Here’s a small sample:

  • girl visionEye Shift. This involves changing focus from distant objects to those up close. Use a photo or other item that’s on a wall 10 or more feet away from your child. Also have them hold a finger in the air. Then ask them to focus first on the distant item and then on their finger. Repeat 10 or more times. This helps improve their focus and build the muscles involved in changing focus.
  • Tracking. Using a ball with string attached, suspend it in front of your child and allow it to swing back and forth. Your child should maintain focus on the ball as it swings, without moving their head. Continue for a few minutes. This helps your child build their tracking muscles.
  • Rolling Eyes. This may be happening automatically when you make a suggestion or ask your child to do something. But it can also become a helpful exercise by having them roll their eyes first clockwise and then counter-clockwise. Repeat this several times. 
  • Eyelid Fluttering. Have your child blink their eyes 20 or 30 times followed by closing them and resting. This helps improve lubrication and makes for a nice lead in to taking a break with their eyes closed, especially when they’re working on a computer.

Those are a few thoughts on eye exercises to help improve your child’s eyesight.

Nutrition 

carrotsKnowing the best foods for vision health is one thing. Getting your child to eat them is another. But we recommend: green vegetables for vitamins A, B, C, and calcium; avocados for lutein; carrots for beta carotene; eggs for protein; nuts and fish for omega-3 fatty acids; and dark chocolate for flavonoids. That last one might be the easiest for your child. 

Examination

These are some ideas on improving weak eyesight, but they should not be expected to replace a regular eye exam and guidance from a qualified and experienced eye doctor. 

We have the expertise and experience to identify childhood eye problems, recommend treatment, or advise you in seeking further care. Plus, we’re very good at providing the glasses and contacts that your child might need to ensure their success in the classroom.

Give us a call and let’s get started providing you and your child superb eye care.

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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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